Disease Resistant Roses

The roses on this list have been reported as being disease resistant by rose growers in different parts of the country that many do not require any spraying. Given the right circumstances, most roses (except rugosas) will blackspot. Disease resistant does not necessarily mean disease free, but they survive some blackspot without damage to the plant.

The numbers in parentheses following the description of each rose indicates where it can be purchased. The letter “L” indicates it may be available locally in Middle Tennessee.
If you are growing a disease resistant rose, please let us know and we will add it to the list.

Hybrid Rugosas

This group of roses are unlike typical modern roses. Rugosas will tolerate poor soils, some shade, and dry conditions if well established. They can be very thorny, but are also very hardy and are absolutely disease resistant. Rugosas in fact, should never be sprayed. These are just a few outstanding varieties.

1. ‘Rugosa Magnifica’ - mauve red - double, extremely fragrant blooms. 5-6'. (2, 4)
2. ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’ - deep red - Great for a privacy fence; wonderful fragrance, bloom, and color. 6-8'. (1, 5, 7)
3. ‘Frau Dagmar Hartopp’ - medium pink - Low growing, great fragrance and very hardy. 2 - 3'. (1, 5, 7)
4. ‘Blanc double de Coubert’ - white - Very fragrant and disease free. 4 - 5'. (1, 3, 4, 5)
Climbers

1. ‘New Dawn’ - light pink - Very hardy, very disease resistant. 12 - 15'. (3, 4, 6, 7, L)
2. ‘William Baffin’ - medium red - Very hardy, beautiful and floriforous. 9 - 12'. (1, 7)
3. ‘Dortmund’ - medium red - Very hardy and disease resistant. 10 - 15'. (1, 4, 6)
4. ‘Pinkie’, Climbing - pink, semi-double, fragrant. (2, 6)
5. ‘Prosperity’ - white clusters, fragrant. (2, 5, 6)


Hybrid Teas

1. ‘The McCartney Rose’ - pink - Perfect Hybrid Tea form, very fragrant, exhibition quality, and very disease resistant; some growers report NO blackspot. (3)
2. ‘Frederic Mistral’ - light pink - Excellent Hybrid Tea form, great fragrance, especially resistant to blackspot. Grows more like a shrub. (1, 3)
3. ‘Auguste Renoir’ - medium pink - Old Garden Rose form, 5' blooms are very full and double, powerful fragrance. (1, 3)
4. ‘Great Scott’ - pink - Hybrid Tea form. (2, 4)
5. ‘Alec’s Red’ - medium red. (1, 2, 4)

Floribundas

1. ‘Bill Warriner’ - orange pink - beautiful, small Hybrid Tea like blooms, great foliage, and some report NO blackspot.
(3, 9)
2. ‘Livin Easy’ - orange blend - great, bright color, constantly in bloom. (1, 4, 5)
3. ‘Gruss an Aachen’ - light pink - beautiful blooms, mostly in the spring but some repeat. (2, 3, 4, 6, 8)
4. ‘Playboy’ - red blend - single blooms. (2, 3, 4)
5. ‘Playgirl’ - medium pink - single blooms. (2, 3)
6. ‘Sunsprite’ - deep yellow - fully double blooms. (1, 5)
7. ‘Charlotte Anne’ - mauve, single blooms. (2, 4)
8. ‘Sun Flare’ - yellow- fully double blooms. (2, 5, 9)
9. ‘Nearly Wild’ - medium pink - wild species type, flowers all season. (2, 5, 6, L)
10. ‘City of London’ - light pink - fragrant, beautiful
blooms. (4)

Small and Medium Shrubs


1. ‘The Fairy’ - light pink - A reliable, old timer that blooms repeatedly in clusters of small flowers. 2-3'. ( 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, L)
2. ‘Alba Meidiland’ - white - Very double, profuse clusters. 3'. (1, 3)
3. ‘Carefree Beauty’ - light pink - A beautiful double with abundant blooms. 3'. (2, 3, 5, 8) Also try ‘Carefree Wonder’ (3, 9) , ‘Carefree Delight’ (both pink blend) (1, 3, 4) and ‘Carefree Sunshine’ (yellow). (1, 3)
4. ‘Knockout’ - red - A real winner and must have rose. Very disease resistant. 3-4'. Most growers have NO blackspot.
(3, 4, 7, 8, 9, L)
5. ‘Caldwell Pink’ - lilac pink, double blooms. 3-4'. (6, 8)
6. ‘Belinda’s Dream’ - pink, double fragrant. 3-6'. (2, 6, 8)
7. ‘Else Poulsen’ - pink, single. 3-5'. (2)
8. ‘Prairie Sunrise’ - orange apricot - very double, quartered, heady clove fragrance, very long lasting. 3'. (7, 8)
9. ‘Katy Road Pink’ - Very floriforous pink roses that will produce large hips. 3-5' (6, 8)
10. ‘Mrs. R. M. Finch’ - Clusters of rose pink blooms, bushy and vigorous. 3-4'. (2. 6, 8)
11. ‘Simplicity’ - Red, White, Pink and yellow bushes available. Semi double blooms. 3-5'. (3, 10)

Tall Shrubs

1. ‘Prairie Harvest’ - light yellow - Hybrid Tea blooms, very fragrant and hardy. 5'. (2, 7)
2. ‘Wanderin Wind’ - light pink - Hybrid Tea type blooms, double, high center, and fragrant. 6'. (2, 7)
3. ‘Harrison’s Yellow’ - yellow - a great historical rose. Blooms only in the spring. (3, 7)
4. ‘Winter Sunset’ - medium yellow - double blooms, prolific. 4'. (1, 2, 7)

English Roses

1. ‘Ambridge Rose’ - apricot blend - Unforgettable fragrance. 3'. (1, 3, 5, 7)
2. ‘Lilac Rose’ - pink blend - Intense, fragrance. 3'. (3, 7)
3. ‘Sharifa Asma’ - light pink - Tough foliage, one of the best, very fragrant. 3'. (1, 3, 5, 7)
4. ‘The Pilgrim’ - medium yellow - Beautiful, reliable and lightly fragrant. Can be grown as a climber to 8'. (3, 4, 5)
5. ‘Wenlock’ - medium red - Old rose fragrance, good repeat. 4'. (4, 5, 7)
6. ‘The Mayflower’ - rose pink, fully double blooms with old rose fragrance. Good repeat bloom. 4' (5)

Ground Cover Roses

1. ‘Sea Foam’ - cream double blooms. (1, 2, 4, 6, 8

Sources for Recommended Roses
Heirloom Roses
24062 N.E. Riverside Dr
St. Paul, OR 97137
503-538-1576
www.heirloomroses.com
Roses Unlimited
Rt 1, Box 587 North Deerwood Dr.
Laurens, SC 29360
864-682-7673
www.rosesunlimitedownroot.com
Regan Nursery
4268 Decoto Rd
Freemont, CA 94555
800-249-4680
www.regannursery.com
Michael’s Premier Roses
9759 Elder Creek Dr
Sacramento, CA 95829
916-369-7673
www.michaelsrose.com
David Austin Roses Limited
15393 Hwy 64 West
Tyler, TX 75704
800-328-8893
www.davidaustinroses.com
The Antique Rose Emporium
9300 Lueckemeyer Rd
Brenham, TX 77833
800-441-0002
www.antiqueroseemporium.com
Sam Kedem Nursery
12414 191st Street East
Hastings, MN 55033
651-437-7516
www.kedemroses.com
Chamblees Rose Nursery
10926 U. S. Highway 69 N
Tyler, TX 75706
800-256-7673
www.chambleesroses.com
Witherspoon Rose Culture
P. O. Box 52489
Durham, NC 27717
800-643-0315
www.witherspoonrose.com
Jackson and Perkins Co
1 Rose Ln
Medford, OR 97501
800-292-4769
www.jacksonandperkins.com
Local Sources
Hewitt Garden Center
2525 Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN 37069
661-6767
John Deere (Flower Power)
1109 Hillsboro Rd
Franklin, TN 37064
794-4518
Moore & Moore Garden Center
8216 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37221
662-8849
Bates Nursery & Garden Center
3810 Whites Creek Pike
Nashville, TN 37027
876-1014
www.batesnursery.com
The Victorian Gardens
631 W Main St
Hendersonville, TN 37075
264-1119
Belle Meade Gardener
4503 White Bride Rd
Nashville, TN 34205
383-2234

Mark Bates Landscaping and Garden Center
1608 Franklin Rd
Brentwood, TN 37027
370-9222
The Flower Mart
4002 Hillsboro Rd
Nashville, TN 37215
269-5733

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