In retirement, I made the mistake of planting hybrid tea roses because these roses are easily always found in nurseries. They are sold in boxes every spring, and if you aren’t selective about your roses, you will end up with some pretty common roses that happen to be grafted.
It turns out that hybrid tea roses need more care because they are prone to disease. They also throw out worthless suckers that won’t give you roses.
I discovered this robusta rugosa rose online. Advertised as a newer wild rose, I bought a 5″ slip and planted it. Since then, the rose has been growing along the concrete fence in my backyard.
The rose, like all of my roses, blooms most of the year. But since it is a wild rose, it doesn’t need any care from me. As a rule, I don’t baby my roses. This rose is ignored. I don’t even remember to water it. I’ve pruned it back once. But only because it had taken off and was growing into our fruit trees. Robusta rugosa has plenty of thorns, so I use it as an extra barrier. I don’t know of anyone who would like to get tangled in those thorns.
If you think of roses as weeds that need 6-8 hours of sunshine, as a gardener or rosarian, you will do just fine. To me, any garden is incomplete when it doesn’t have roses.