“That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet,” said Juliet to Romeo. After that, he was putty in her hands. You know you’re being complimented when you’re compared to a rose. These flowers look good and smell even better. Luckily, the University of Minnesota has been busy for 75 years inventing long-blooming rose cultivars that can withstand, and even thrive in, cold climates. Roses were some of the earliest woody plant cultivars released by the U; they were offshoots of a chrysanthemum-breeding project in the 1940s.
Look for: a profusion of double-cupped, frilly blooms in medium pink with a light fragrance
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Look for: a super hardy shrub rose with clusters of deep pink to red fragrant flowers
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Look for: a super hardy shrub rose with frilly, pink and white, five-petal flowers
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Look for: a super hardy shrub rose with pink to pale violet, fragrant, double flowers
Look for: a large, fragrant climber with pink double blossoms in clusters
Look for: a durable shrub bearing bright red single flowers in sizeable clusters
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