Looking for beautiful color all summer long? Try adding a shrub rose for summer color, even in a harsh location. Some of our most popular shrub roses include Morden Sunrise, Winnipeg Parks, Hope for Humanity, Sunrise Sunset or a Knockout.
Shrub roses do well in most parts of Colorado and are the hardiest of rose varieties. Choose a full-sun area with well-drained soil. Avoid areas with other shrubs to cut down on root competition.
Make sure to amend the soil lightly when planting, digging a hole about twice the width of the container but no deeper than the plant’s existing rootball. Click here for our handy planting guide
Shrub roses also benefit from early spring pruning. Remove dead, diseased or winter-damaged canes, and open up areas for air circulation and shape. There is no need to cut back shrub roses to the ground like the hybrid roses. Past-bloom flowers develop into attractive rose hips, which add a dab of winter color and food for birds.
Ask a nursery tree and shrub representative for more tips, fertilizers and maintenance on shrub roses.
Originally published on June 3, 2015. Updated on June 1, 2018.
Originally published on June 4th, 2018.