Easy Roses

Add low-maintenance color and elegance to your landscape with these disease-resistant beauties.
By: Kristy Bruce

Photo By: Syl Arena

Easy Does It

Judged the best rose of 2010 by All-America Rose Selections, this vigorous, disease-resistant floribunda produces double, ruffled blooms in a blend of peach and light coral. Mature height is about 5 feet. Plant in full sun. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Flower Carpet Amber

Like the other members of the popular Flower Carpet series, Amber is a fast-growing, disease-resistant groundcover rose with semi-double, peachy-amber blooms that fade to light pink. Bloom cycles last from late spring to first frost. This compact shrub reaches up to 30 inches tall and wide at maturity. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 10

Knock Out Pink Double

Like others in the Knock Out series, Pink Double is a disease-resistant, heat-tolerant plant that blooms on and off from spring to the first hard frost of fall. The bubblegum-pink blooms have a modest fragrance. Plant in a sunny location in well-drained soil. Knock Out roses don't need deadheading since they're self-cleaning. Once a year, in early spring after the last hard frost, cut back to about 2 feet tall. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Carefree Spirit

This highly disease-resistant shrub rose has excelled in the fungicide-free trial gardens of All-America Rose Selections. A descendant of the popular 'Carefree Delight', this version of the Carefree series blooms repeatedly from late spring to late summer, producing clusters of small, single, cherry-red blooms that finish a dark pink. There's little to no fragrance. Plant in full sun and expect a mature height of 5 feet. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Pink Promise

A disease-resistant hybrid tea with large, fragrant blooms and long stems ideal for cutting, this rose was an AARS winner in 2009. Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Mature height is 5 feet. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Cinco de Mayo

Another AARS winner, this disease-resistant floribunda produces multi-colored clusters of reddish orange and rosy lavender. The flowers carry a moderate fresh-apple fragrance. This rounded plant reaches a mature height of up to 5 feet tall. Plant in full sun with average to evenly moist soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

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