June is National Rose Month and roses are certainly a favorite garden plant for Chicagoland gardeners.
The easiest roses to grow in Chicagoland are the hardy rugosa roses and shrub roses. That is not to say that other types such as hybrid teas, are not suitable, but for beginner gardeners looking for color all summer, the roses offered at Chicagoland’s independent garden centers are truly easy-care and rewarding for the grower.
According to Robin Smith, Horticulturist at Pasquesi Home & Gardens in Barrington, the Knock Out® Rose is the most requested shrub rose and certainly one of the easiest to grow. Through June 17, Pasquesi is offering Single Knockout Rose in 3-gallon container for $19.99, reg. $34.99. The second most requested are Drift Roses, low growing groundcover roses, available in seven colors. Smith recommends caring for roses with a winter mulch and spring application of Bayer All-In-One Rose & Flower Care. This three-in-one formula contains fertilizer, disease and insect control for a carefree garden for the rest of the summer.
The following garden centers have extensive rose collections for sale:
Pasquesi Home & Gardens – 2 locations
975 North Shore Dr., Lake Bluff
990 W. Northwest Hwy., Barrington
3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette
847.256.0561 | http://www.chaletnursery.com
Platt Hill Nursery – 2 locations
222 W. Lake St., Bloomingdale
2400 Randall Rd., Carpentersville the corner of Huntley & Randall Roads
The Growing Place – 2 locations
25 W 471 Plank Road, Naperville
2000 Montgomery Road, Aurora
630.820.8088 | http://www.thegrowingplace.com