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Tom’s Favorite Cold-Hardy Roses

Roses are as tough as they are beautiful

peach colored Olds College rose

Tom Sterenberg is sharing some photos today of roses he’s grown in the sometimes difficult climate of the Canadian prairie.

Roses Are Difficult Hereby prairie writer W. O. Mitchell expresses the frustration of trying to grow roses in the extreme climate of the Canadian prairie. Tea roses and David Austins may survive for a while, but there’s no guarantee. Some amazing new hardy varieties are now my favorites.

bright red Henry Kelsey rose‘Henry Kelsey’ is one of the earliest, and it has abundant small red blooms with yellow centers.

close up of bright red Dolly Parton rosesGorgeous ‘Dolly Parton’ didn’t make it through last winter.

close up of light pink Morden Blush rose‘Morden Blush’ is very cold hardy and has romantic pink flowers. Roses with the word “Morden” in their name were bred at the Morden Research Station in Manitoba, and are beautiful, very durable plants for cold climates.

bright pink Canadian Shield rose‘Canadian Shield’ is new to me this year. It is part of the 49th Parallel series of roses, developed at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ontario.

bright pink and yellow Campfire Tom Thompson roses‘Campfire Tom Thompson’, another Canadian-bred rose, is part of the Canadian artist series. Its blooms have a beautiful range of colors.

close up of red Morden Fireglow rose starting to come into bloom‘Morden Fireglow’ produces deep, rich red flowers on a very cold-hardy plant.

close up of bright pink Never Alone flowers‘Never Alone’ is a beautiful rose bred at the Modern Research Station and named as a fundraiser for the Never Alone Cancer Foundation. A beautiful flower, the cause it supports is equally beautiful !

peach colored Olds College rose‘Olds College’ is another Modern variety, named in honor of the Centenary of Olds College in Alberta.

bright pink Felix Leclerc climbing rose‘Felix Leclerc’ is another part of the Canadian Artists series of roses, this one a beautiful, nearly thornless cold-hardy climber.


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  1. sandyprowse 07/04/2023

    I was not aware of the Canadian Artist series of roses and as a fellow Canadian I shall make a note. I loved looking at your bevy of roses. Just spectacular. Thanks for spotlighting them.

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    simplesue 07/04/2023

    You have a beautiful collection of hardy roses- looking gorgeous & delicate even in such a tough growing zone!

  3. btucker9675 07/04/2023

    Morden Blush!!! So very pretty - they all are but I do love a pink rose. They look like they're made from porcelain. Do you get the Japanese beetles up that far? This year has been the worst I can remember - I am at WAR!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely roses.

  4. MeEliza 08/08/2023

    Your garden is looking very beautiful specially roses. Actually, recently have also decorated my laundry room with some flowers and now i feel some freshness. And my washing machine front load is now more attract as your garden. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful memory.

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