In praise of Hardy Roses.
I have been meaning to respond to Northspruce calling non HT roses weedy but today it became imperative when 'Stanwell Perpetual' put out it's first bloom. It was also the last to bloom last October. It is a small (2.5') bush that needs support to show off its well formed beautifully scented blooms. Their are other rose ready to burst, "Prairie Peace' & the old standby 'Therese Bugnet'. Therese blooms all summer long and PP has just enough repeat To keep it interesting all summer. It's prime is when it is in early spring full bloom when ti brightens up the whole yard. I will admits that some of the hardy roses may be a bit "weedy" or aggressive. I prefer to say "arching" or "Spreading". I have also been able to use budded ( not on their own root) roses where the suckering would be a problem and radically tackling the suckers where needed elsewhere.