I was saddened to see so many roses only hardy to -5F, or -10F, b/c those roses will never make it through our winter. Just a few short years I ago I was that gardener who loved roses, but did not understand how to grow them in this climate (zone 4, temps can dip to -25F in the winter). The nursery offers a one year guarantee on their roses, so vigilant gardeners can bring the dead rose back in the spring an get another one... but why not just order from the massive selection of hardy roses? Who can afford to spend $24.99 on rose that lasts one year like an annual? I can't tell you now many times I've wanted to ask, 'Who's in charge of the roses here?'
So, there I was surrounded by a bounty of roses, checking the tag with the hardiness, carefully not falling in love with any rose I couldn't bring home with me. Then I spotted this:
Happy gardening everyone!