Zone 7: A New World Of Gardeners?
The world of gardening has changed a lot since the last time I was here. There are so many new varieties, plants and flowers that it’s hard to keep up with all of them! You just have to learn how to grow them or buy from someone else who does. Some of these varieties are even invasive in some areas where they’re not wanted, but then again there are others which do well in our climate.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “climate change” before. It refers to the fact that the earth is getting warmer due to human activity. One of the effects of this warming is that plants will be affected too, but they may not necessarily adapt quickly enough. If you live in a place where it snows often (like me) then your garden will probably suffer if your climate becomes colder because snow falls less frequently.
Another effect of climate change is that it could affect the type of plants that survive. For example, some species of roses don’t like warm temperatures and they won’t flower at all in those conditions.
So what can you do if your garden doesn’t thrive under these circumstances?
Well, you can try growing something else. But you might want to think twice about doing this as there are other types of roses that will work better than the ones you have now.
In preparation for the future, I’m suggesting that you take a look at the various rose types which can grow in your area regardless of the climate. In this article, I’ve included some of the best rose types for zone 7. They can all survive and thrive in these conditions and most of them have beautiful flowers too. Remember to keep track of these for future reference!
Best Roses For Zone 7
Tip: Did you know there are over 150 types of roses?
Gosh, that’s a lot!
You know what that means?
There’s bound to be one which will suit your tastes perfectly. I’m going to list some of my favorites in this article so you’ll have a better idea of what’s out there.
1.) Knockout Roses
These are one of my favorite types of roses mainly because of their beautiful flowers and low maintenance needs. You don’t need to prune them too much or deadhead (remove dead flowers) either. However, you will have to prune them a little bit during the early part of the year to keep them from getting out of control. You can also grow these in limited sunlight as long as the soil is well drained.
Most of these are also resistant to black spot which is common in other types of roses.
2. ) Peace Roses
These are great for people who are slightly less patient. You see, these roses bloom almost all year round and the flowers are pretty to look at. They’re not as vibrant in color compared to other types of roses (such as the Knockout rose) but they’re still beautiful in their own way. They’re easy to maintain as far as pruning is concerned, but you should still keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get too out of control.
3. ) Pascali Roses
I remember I had these when I was a little girl and they were the most beautiful roses I had ever seen. These roses have very unique flowers which look like they have many petals. They’re also one of the largest types of roses so you’ll definitely stand out from the crowd if you have these in your garden. These are also easy to grow and maintain, but they do have one major drawback in that they don’t like hot weather.
4.) Silveret Roses
These are slightly more uncommon than the other types of roses, but I think they look absolutely beautiful. The petals have a silvery sheen to them and they sometimes have a hint of blue in them too. Again, these are large roses so they make a big impression wherever you put them. Be aware that these do have a long stem so you might need a large vase if you want to cut them.
5.) Souvenir de la Malmaison Roses
These roses are named after the place where they first grew. They have delicate flowers which look pretty and they also have a nice fragrance to them. You can even keep these as cut flowers in a vase for quite a while without them losing their scent. Unfortunately, these roses are slightly more delicate than some of the other types on this list so you’ll have to watch out for pests and disease.
6.) Theatrical Roses
If you want something which is really unique, then I recommend that you try growing these types of roses. The petals have an interesting shape and they also come in a wide range of colours. You can even mix and match the colours to create a truly unique bouquet. Unfortunately, these roses do need a little more attention than the others on this list.
The stems are also fairly thin so make sure that you have a flower vase that’s strong enough to hold them.
The above are just some of the many types of roses you can grow in your Zone 7 garden. Be sure to research each type before you decide to plant them.
When To Plant Roses In Zone 7
You can plant most types of roses whenever you want, but there are some which do have specific planting times. If you want to get the best results and have healthy plants, then it’s important to get the planting times right.
There are two basic things you should consider before planting: the weather and the soil.
Sources & references used in this article:
Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest: 90 Best Varieties for Successful Rose Gardening by NJ Rountree – 2017 – books.google.com
Evaluation, Genetic Diversity, Recent Development of Distillation Method, Challenges and Opportunities of Rosa damascena: A Review by PK Pal – Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants, 2013 – Taylor & Francis
… of growth and flowering of 15 modern ground cover cultivars of roses growing in the collection of rose cultivars in the Polish Academy of Science’s Botanical Garden in … by MJ Monder – XXIV International Eucarpia Symposium Section …, 2012 – actahort.org