Austin roses for south MN?

iowagirl2September 17, 2012

I am in love with the cupped and full Austin roses. I know that they need winter protection in my zone, but I am wondering which varieties are worthy of the work. I hear that some just cannot take either the sun or the heat of summer and fade out overnight and also that they lose their scent. Please, if anyone is happy with Austin roses in their garden, I would love to hear about it and perhaps see photos?

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garystpaul(4)

Two that have done well for me without anything special in the way of winter protection: Gertrude Jekyll and Abraham Darby. There are many others that can stand our winters, especially as zone 4 morphs into zone 5.

Gary

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 8:31PM
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tinagreen

I live in Minneapolis and have successfully grown DA roses for the past three years. The only protection they get are some fencing & leaves. They survived the heavy (once normal) snowfall we had two yrs ago and the non-existent winter from last year. My favorites are 1) Munstead Wood, 2) Sceptre'd Isle, 3) Winchester Cathedral, 4) Wm Shakespeare 2000, and 5) Molineux. Also have Gertrude Jekyll (sprawls, super thorny, but good scent), and planted Abraham Darby & Golden Celebration this year (both flowered, but this hot summer & the asian beatle was brutal for starter plants). It took 3 seasons for the plants to become considerable in size, but are so worth it for the scent, hardiness, and repeat blooms. Will try to upload some pics later. Can't recommend my first two choices enough.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 8:51PM
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tinagreen

Munstead Wood, 2nd yr plant.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 8:55PM
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tinagreen

Munstead Wood; unique bloom off of a 3rd yr plant.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 8:58PM
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tinagreen

Molineux, 2nd yr plant.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 9:11PM
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iowagirl2

Thanks for the good word. Munstead Wood is one I especially wanted to try. I heard that Scepter'd Isle cannot take midwestern summers--fades, scent fades and blooms do not last more than a day or two. Has this been your experience with SI?

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:12PM
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RpR_(3-4)

I had five different ones for five years, actually by the end there were only two.

They did OK in the abnormally warm dry weather but once real cold came back they went one by one.

I DID NOT give them the heavy protection I give my H. Tea roses and had done that one or two may have survived.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 1:45PM
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