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I’m swearing off teas, chinas and noisettes. Now what?

7 years ago

I read articles, studied books and bought dozens of them. I’ve killed a veritable list of who’s who of warm climate roses. They are awesome for their disease resistance in our hot, humid, blackspot inducing summers, but even though I’m zone 7 they just won’t thrive through my winters. Only a few, in the most protected spots around my house, are still with me. They grow north of me in Nashville, but not on my more rural farm. I suspect they need the urban heat island effect of the city.

So, after 5 years it’s time to move on. But to where? Those of you in zone 6 and colder what classes of OGR do you grow and what kind of blackspot resistance have you found? Tempt me!

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