5 Myths About Growing Roses

with Katie Tamony

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In this episode of Down the Garden Path podcast, Joanne welcomes Katie Tamony of Monrovia Plants to dispel five myths about growing roses.

About Katie Tamony

Katie’s official title is Chief Marketing Officer, but really, she is Monrovia’s chief storyteller and trendspotter. She has more than 25 years of expertise in the lifestyle and leisure industries.

About Monrovia

Inspired by the beauty of plants, gardens, and landscapes everywhere, Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. founded Monrovia in 1926 to be a premier grower of shrubs and trees. Monrovia collaborates with plant breeders worldwide to introduce improved plant varieties to North America. Monrovia plants flourish once planted to beautify gardens and landscapes. Visit Monrovia.com to learn more.

Tune in for Joanne’s discussion with Katie Tamony of Monrovia Plants.

Here are some of the questions and topics covered in this episode:

  • Myth #1: Roses are too fussy.
    • We discussed how when you give the roses what they need, they are not very fussy.
      Katie mentioned the Floribunda rose variety called Grace and Grit. It is a nice repeat bloomer that once established puts on a show. Available in White/Red/ Pink and Yellow.
  • Myth #2: Roses are prone to diseases.
    • The roses on the market now are much more disease-resistant than your grandmother’s roses.
      Monrovia’s Nitty Gritty™ is incredibly durable and disease-resistant.
    • This ground cover series will look great in the garden or in a container. The double blooms are available in peach, yellow, red, pink and white. This rose is also self-cleaning so no need to trim or deadhead throughout the season.
  • Myth#3: Roses are water hogs.
    • This common myth boosts roses’ reputation as being a difficult plant to grow.
    • Roses actually like it hot and dry. Once established, roses do not need a lot of extra watering and can deal with the same amount as the rest of your garden.
  • Myth #4: Roses are no longer frangrant.
    • Well, the fragrance is back baby! This may have been true up until a few years ago but breeders have been working hard to bring the fragrance back in the new easy to grow varieties.
    • Monrovia’s new Eau de Parfum rose collection features big romantic blooms that are easy to grow and very fragrant. Available in Berry, Bling, Blush and Bubbly.
  • Myth #5: Roses don’t grow in my tough garden conditions.
    • Several rose varieties bust this myth.
    • As mentioned, Nitty Gritty™ and Grace N Grit are known for doing well in tough conditions.
    • If you need an exceptionally hardy rose, then Monrovia’s Seaside Swirl Rose collection is just what you are looking for. A Rugosa rose variety that comes in pink, red and blush with the Rugosa toughness and exceptional fragrance. They are also tolerant of road salt but are more compact and tidy than the typical Rugosa rose. Maxing out at 3 ft tall.

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