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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Livingstone, James
Some roses worth growing and how to grow them,   pp. 102-107 PDF (1.5 MB)

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Queen and Seven Sisters do not need to be pruned so severely
as the newer varieties, such as Dorothy Perkins, Lady Gay, Far-
quhar and Excelsa, a much better red than the old crimson
rambler. These last mentioned varieties should have all the old
flowering wood cut out as soon as the flowering season is over.
The young growths should be spread out and tied to the trellis
and given every encouragement to make all the growth that is
possible. Keep them securely tied as the growth lengthens and
if too many shoots start from the bottom select only enough of
the strongest to cover the arch or trellis as the case may be and
cut out all others. It is better to have half a dozen strong
growths than two dozen weak ones.
Rugosa roses are splendid subjects for planting for effect, in
beds on the lawn or in front of shrubberies. They are extremely
hardy and floriferous and some of the newer semi-double hybrids
make a wonderful showing when massed for effect. They are of
easy culture and if planted in good rich soil and given room to
develop they will make strong bushes and flower profusely for
many years. The newer varieties should be given preference
over the old single white and red. Blanche Double de Coubert.
Colvin Tree, New Centuary, Madam Geo. Bruant, Sir Thomas
Lipton and Alice Aldrich are all very desirable.
The seed pods should be left on Rugosa roses as they turn
bright red when ripe and make a fine winter effect. Rugosas
do not require pruning as severely as hybrid perpetuals. Cut
out all weak growths and shorten the strong ones, so as to give
the bed a uniform effect.
The old favorite Moss rose should have a place in every garden.
There is no rosebud so elegant as the bud of a Moss rose, and
the fragrance of foliage and flower is delightful. Elizabeth
Rowe, Henri Martin, Mousseline and Princess Adelaide are all
beautiful varieties and perfectly hardy. Their culture is simple
and when once established they last for many years.
The Persian Yellow and Rosa Harrisonii are two of our har-
diest and best yellow roses and are a fine combination with the
Moss roses.
Another fine class of roses with miniature flowers borne in
clusters is the Dwarf Polyanthas roses. Baby Doll, Cecile Brun-
ner, Echo, Clothilde Soupert and George Elger are all fine sorts.
These are all very dwarf growers and make a fine edging for a
rose bed and are especially effective when planted in masses.

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