But wait…not all of them are disease prone prima donnas. The following 2 series are Ontario grown and winter hardy in zone 5 with no winter protection required. Both series were developed by Kordes, a 120 year old German company which is one the largest and most respected breeders of rose plants in the world. Kordes’ visionary breeding department stopped spraying their test gardens about 20 years ago and Fairy Tale Roses are one of the results.
Fairy Tale Roses are multi award winning with beautiful old fashion double blooms on robust care-free shrubs. They are easy to care for with a vigorous growth habit and near complete resistance to disease.
Brother Grimm Fairy Tale Rose (Floribunda) The newest in the series has large, long lasting clusters of brilliant orange with yellow reverse along with a mild rose fragrance. Grows to 2 ½ to 3 feet tall.
Caramel Fairy Tale Rose (Shrub) The large 3 to 4 inch flowers are an amazing blend of copper, apricot, gold and cream with a mild fragrance. Blooming profusely summer thru fall and growing 4 feet tall.
Cinderella Fairy Tale Rose (Shrub) Charming old world 3 to 4 inch blooms of soft baby pink flowering recurrently thru out the season. This robust shrub has a strong fruity fragrance and grows 5 to 6 feet tall.
Elegant Fairy Tale Rose (Shrub) The camellia-like double flowers have rounded buds opening to creamy pink with a darker centre. It has a mild fragrance and grows 4 feet tall.
Floral Fairy Tale Rose (Floribunda) Old fashion 3 inch blooms of soft apricot that fade to light pink with a sweet fruity fragrance. It grows 2 ½ to 3 feet tall.
Golden Fairy Tale Rose (Hybrid Tea) This floriferous shrub produces 3 to 4 inch yellow blooms all season long with a moderate fragrance and grows 3 feet tall. Pomponella Fairy Tale Rose (Floribunda) Globular blooms of deep pink old fashion style that flowers profusely all season.
Kordes breeding department focused for 15 years on selecting the most robust, disease resistant floriferous varieties. The following award winners were the results.
Vigorosa Roses are a group of hardy landscape and ground cover roses that combine excellent disease resistance, vigour and season long blooms.
Apricot Vigorosa Rose Abundant clusters of lightly scented apricot-orange-pink blooms that transition to apricot-pink when open. Grows up to 32 inches tall by 24 inches wide.
Innocencia Vigorosa Rose Beautifully formed pure white blooms cover the plant in the early season and then repeat quickly in large clusters all season long. Grows up to 20 inches tall and wide.
Ruby Vigorosa Rose Brilliant ruby red blooms in abundant clusters all season long. Grows up to 30 inches tall by 20 inches wide.
Salmon Vigorosa Rose Profuse peach double flowers that bloom all season long. Grows up to 18 inches tall by 20 inches wide.
Sweet Vigorosa Rose Plentiful blooms of shimmering pink which bloom continuously all season long. Grows up to 24 inches tall by 20 inches wide.
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