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Rose Classes and Clematis

Class Descriptions

Canadian Roses
Canadian Roses are a group of roses bred in Canada for the hardiness to do well there, along with disease resistance. Most could also be classified as Shrub Roses.
Climbing Roses
Climbing roses produce long strong canes that will grow upright on a fence, wall or free standing structure. You will need to tie them to the structure and train them in the direction you want. Some Climbing Roses will turn into large shrubs if you do not tie them up. They vary in height and width based on the rose and also your particular growing conditions. We choose roses that grow and do well in our zone 5 climate.
Climbing Miniature Roses
Climbing Miniatures tend to have trailing, creeping or rambling canes. The size of the bloom will be smaller and they often fit into smaller areas, work well as ground covers or in hanging baskets.
David Austin English Roses
Resulted by crossing old roses with modern hybrids, they combine the unique character and beauty of old roses with the repeat-flowering qualities of modern roses with wonderful fragrance.
Floribunda Roses
Floribunda are a more modern group of roses known for their vigor, blooms formed in clusters on shorter stems, fragrance and good repeat flowering qualities.
Grandiflora Roses
Similar to Hybrid Tea Roses and growth habit and size, they are usually tall plants that present their blooms in clusters rather than one to a stem.
Griffith Buck Roses
Griffith Buck roses are roses that were hybridized by Dr. Griffith Buck at Iowa State University. He provided no protection from winter cold or disease in his hybridizing efforts, and as a result his roses are generally quite hardy and quite disease resistant. Most of them could also be classified, and in fact technically are classified, as Shrub Roses.
Ground Cover Roses
Ground Cover Roses grow wider than they are tall. Prolific bloomers they work well trailing over a wall or trailing down a bank.
Hybrid Musk Roses
Hybrid Musk Roses are a versatile group that tend to bloom in large clusters throughout the season, are hardy and vigorous and will tolerate some shade.
Hybrid Rugosa Roses
Hybrid Rugosas were introduced to Europe from Japan in 1796. These varieties are some of the hardiest of roses. The name is derived from the wrinkled foliage. (Wrinkle in latin is "ruga") The Rugosa Hybrids we offer are hardy and have strong fragrance. They are prolific in blooming and growth habit.
Hybrid Tea Roses
Hybrid Tea Roses are those roses that come to mind when we think of the classic rose. Long straight stems with a single beautiful bloom.
Miniature Roses
Miniature Roses are a wonderful group that are shorter growing and the blooms though miniature in size are beautifully shaped.
Miniflora Roses
Miniflora roses are intermediate in plant and flower size between miniature roses and floribunda roses.
Old Garden Roses
Old Garden Roses (OGR's) are those classes of roses which were known before 1867.
Bourbon Roses
Bourbon Roses originated on the isle of Bourbon (near Madagascar). Large plants with arching canes, wonderfully fragrant and spectacular in bloom.
Centifolia Roses
Centifolia Roses are an ancient class of roses often referred to as the "hundred-petaled" roses due to their globular form and multitude of petals.
Damask Roses
Damask Roses are a very old variety that may have been brought to Europe by the Crusaders from Damascus, Syria. They have a wonderfully strong fragrance.
Gallica Roses
Gallica Roses are a very old and historic group of roses derived mostly from Europe. The are hardy and vigorous and usually once-blooming.
Hybrid Perpetual Roses
Hybrid Perpetuals display strong growth with large, fully double, long lasting blooms. Most exhibit strong fragrance and colors range from white to light pink to carmine and purple.
Hybrid Setigera Roses
Hybrid Setigera Roses are hybrids involving Rosa setigera, the prairie rose. They are typically once-blooming large ramblers that are very hardy.
Moss Roses
Distinguished by the fuzzy mossing on the buds and a particular balsam fragrance, Moss roses were very popular in Victorian gardens.
Species Roses
Roses in this class are rose species as found in nature or only slightly removed from them.
Polyantha Roses
First bred in 1875, they characteristically have large clusters of small flowers, and bloom throughout the summer.
Rambler Roses
Rambler roses have long, lax or flexible canes and can be used as climbing roses with support. Typically they have profuse relatively small flowers that are often fragrant. They generally do not repeat bloom.
Shrub Roses
A large and diverse group of plants, shrub roses can be used very successfully for landscaping in many different situations. Use them for hedging, flower gardens, and specimen plants.
Three Gallon Pot Roses
These roses are available at the nursery as older more mature roses in 3 gallon pots.  We are not able to ship these larger pots.
Clematis

We grow many varieties of Roses and Clematis in our display garden. This has created a demand for clematis at the nursery and now we are including them in our mail-order department. Clematis are a natural to grow with roses, beautiful colors, prolific bloom, twinning habit that goes so well with our climbing roses and arbors and trellises in the garden. We have recently created an allee with roses and clematis, this will be it's third spring and the plants are maturing and should be beautiful this year.

Clematis come in all colors, many different sizes and shape of bloom, and a wide variety of height and size. You can grow them as a ground cover, or into a tree. Growing on a post, or fence, thru your favorite rose, over shrubs or into trees they truly are the Queen of the flowering vine.

We are offering just a few of our favorite varieties and some brand new ones for mail order, although you will find many more varieties at the nursery.  

We offer them in the same size pot as our rose plants, 4 X 4 X 6 inches, about a quart of roots and soil. They will be well-rooted and ready to plant. Shipping costs remain the same as for our roses.