I often read in magazines the complaints of flower growers in harsh climates that they cannot tame the queen of flowers.

I am very worried about this question, although both my dachas are located in the Moscow region. A few years ago, I started slowly downsizing my fairly large collection of roses – there was not enough time and energy to properly prepare them all for wintering and return them to full growth in spring. And at the same time, I was wondering how to leave my favorites in the garden, reducing worries to a minimum, especially since, apart from roses, other collectible plants also require care.

Elena Eliseeva, a famous rose collector from the northern suburbs of Moscow, helped me find a suitable solution. We went to her garden with a group of amateur rose growers. The mistress of the pink kingdom showed and told in detail about some of the non-covering or potentially non-covering roses that she started collecting in her luxury collection many years ago.

It turned out that Elena and I almost simultaneously bought roses from foreign nurseries, but I limited myself to covering novelties from Germany, England, France, Italy, the USA, while wise Elena Yurievna ordered, among others non-covering varieties and hybrids, which I then tested in your rosary.



The most popular among uncovered roses today is the ruffled rose, or Rosa rugosa. It was first introduced to culture in England, from where it comes from Japan at the end of the 17th century. The species is resistant to cold climates, tolerates uncomfortable growing conditions and blooms again, which is rare among rose species growing in Europe. At the end of the 19th century. The French faced the choice of rugosa, who created the varieties that delight us today: Roseraie de IHay, Parfum de Ray, Souvenir de Philemon Cochet.

Canadian roses not covering. SPRING 2020 catalog.

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Much attention was paid to the selection of rugosa in Germany. The Pavement and Road Runner series are popular. Elena distinguished among her favorites the lavender Snow Pavement, or Schneekoppe, – an almost equal 90 × 90 cm hemisphere with a very pleasant, strong aroma.

It is worth planting an outstanding German variety of Hansa land, though not entirely stable here without shelter. In very severe, snowless winters, the shrub may freeze a bit, but it regenerates and blooms quickly.

The Dutch grootendors FJ Grootendorst and Pink Grootendorst and the American White Grootendorst – owners of very unusual, medium-sized, carnation-shaped flowers gathered in inflorescences behave in a similar way.


Elena does not protect her Pink Grootendorst and unfortunately freezes in a harsh winter at snow level or even lower. FJ Grootendorst was planted by her in a micro-saber with covering roses and hibernates in full growth under cover. But despite the fact that the first to recover from the freeze, they bloom almost simultaneously. My three young bushes of these varieties died in the first winter after planting. But last summer I had a fantastic encounter with the Pink Grootendorst in the village of Sosnovets, just 150 km from the Arctic Circle!

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Risking being late for my ship to Solovetsky Islands, I decided to explore the area and think about what the locals grow on their plots during the short and cool summer (there are no gardens there, of course). And in one house I found a large flowering shrub Pink Grootendorst. I found owners who said that the “beautiful dog rose” has been growing with them since time immemorial without any care, wintering under a large snowdrift, because there is always a lot of snow here. I had a few cuttings that I managed to save on the cruise.


Of the North American varieties, Basyes Purple is interesting – a medium-sized flower, but a very unusual dark scarlet color with silvery stamens. The first and so far only Moores Striped Rugosa was bred in the USA. Similar to Basyes Purple, the Rotes Phcinomen variety bred in Germany, but the latter has double-row flowers and rather large.

And a completely unusual novelty from France – Souvenir de Tgelaze. But if in the case of Basyes Purple you can be sure of its wintering in our latitudes without shelter, then the last two varieties have not yet passed the test for Russian winters.

The old variety, bred in the USSR, Queen of the North, is a very graceful medium-sized rugosa with an interesting shade of flowers and leaves with a delightful autumn color.

In Soviet Latvia, Dr. Dzidra Rieksta obtained one of the best varieties of Rugosa rose – Ritausma. Beautiful leaves, a lushly shaped large shrub and white flowers with a pink blush like porcelain. Apart from Ritausma, her own Albezedes were found.

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Many rose growers appreciate David Austin’s roses very much. The collection of varieties he bred also includes roses in which the blood of a rugosa rose flows. Elena with four names: Mistress Quickly and Snowdon (she doesn’t risk leaving them without shelter yet), Mrs. Doreen Pike, and Wild Edric are now being tested in her collection.

In my “northern garden” one of my favorites is the prickly rose (Rosa spinosissima). He has many hybrids. Prickly rose, thigh-leaved rose, thin-legged rose, spinosissima rose, pimpinellifolia rose, Scottish rose, it is unpretentious and very graceful, it enjoys fragrant flowering in June. He has excellent health, is able to withstand far from the most comfortable conditions: poor soils, dryness, partial shade. For a long time in Russian gardens there were only white or cream roses with straight or semi-double flowers. And light or slightly darker pink appeared only in the middle of the last century thanks to the efforts of the leading gardener of the Imperial Tsarskoye Selo nursery, Karl Avgustovich Freundlich.

From what can be found on our market, Elena Eliseeva recommended one of the most beautiful hybrids of thorny rose in my opinion, the old variety Wilhelm III, which has semi-double, light purple flowers with a sweet aroma. Shrub, height 50-80 cm, blooming singly.


Here are some old variations.

Stanwell Perpetual – Pearl pink to white, double, re-flowering. Glory Of Edsell – simple, light pink flower with a clear white center, strong fragrance, shrub from 150 cm high Mary Queen Of Scots – simple, white flowers with shades of pink of varying intensity, with a strong aroma. Compact shrub, up to 1 m high. In 2002, a sport was obtained from Stanwell Perpetual in Belgium – also the re-flowering rose of Paul Vapelle: a pure white flower, with light green, double. The bush is 100-200 cm high. Another re-flowering variety, also Belgian, Mon Amie Claire is light pink, fading to white, half-full, with a strong odor. Shrub up to 100 cm tall.

I would add an old Alba rose with double flowers in shades of white, white, pink or pink to this wonderful collection of non-opaque roses. In my “northern” garden, a large bush has been growing from seedlings for many years, once, but a long time (one and a half months!) It blooms and gives off a subtle, charming, pure “pink” aroma.

Alba roses belong to the old class of roses. They are the result of a spontaneous crossing of a Gallic rose with various forms of a canine rose. Known from the fourteenth century. Shrubs up to 2 m high, with flexible, thin shoots and narrow red thorns. Collected flowers

in umbrella-shaped panicles 3-5 pieces, fragrant, the shape of the flowers is flat, mostly double, the color of the petals is white, a little pink (my version). The leaves are smooth, with a gray tinge. Flowering begins in June and lasts 20-25 days. Resistant to low temperatures and fungal diseases.

Undemanding to the soil. Popular varieties of this rose: Alba Maxima, Alba Suaveolens, Madame Plantier, Chlor is.

Reference by topic: Pure white rose varieties – name + photo + description


Perfect, resistant blushes for the middle lane Part 1

© Author: A. MALAKHOVA Moscow


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