It seems like a tall order – easy to grow plants that are disease-resistant, tolerate heat and cope with drought. All gardening is moving in that direction, and roses are no exception!
It started with naturally disease-resistant Eco Chic roses that were introduced by Ludwig’s Roses some eight years ago, in line with the global move away from harmful garden chemicals.
These are all-star performers, growing so vigorously that they survive defoliating fungus diseases without spraying. Even if there is some black spot on the leaves, the new growth sprouts so quickly that it replaces the leaves that drop off before problems can occur.
There are close to 200 roses in the Eco-chic range, mostly shrub roses with old-fashioned blooms, groundcover roses, floribunda roses and some hybrid tea roses. They are easily identified in the Ludwig’s Roses catalogue by a little red ladybird.
As a result of climate change, the next challenge was to identify roses that are more heat and drought tolerant.
These are roses with strong spreading leafy growth and powerful, spreading roots, that give the plant stamina to withstand variable weather and irregular rainfall. The leathery leaves are disease resistant and the bush produces long stemmed cuttable blooms for the home. They are called ‘Stamina roses’ and the name says it all.
Here is our pick of easiest to grow Stamina roses:
Named in honour of champion marathon runner Bruce Fordyce and because he epitomises stamina. This extremely tough rose has a strong based framework of semi-spreading stems that shade the root system while producing an endless supply of huge, fragrant creamy-white blooms delicately edged with pink. The rose grows to shoulder height.
Falls between a formal hybrid tea and spreading shrub rose, with powerful roots. The pink flower incorporates shades of misty grey and ochre in the centre and the flower develops from a pointed hybrid tea bud into a full nostalgia bloom with incurved petals. It grows to shoulder height and spreads two metres; performing with ease as a specimen rose or among other bedding varieties.
Has sweetly scented bi-colour blooms of cream and coral, carried on a 1 m-high and a 2 m-wide bush. The strong spreading stems curve upwards to form a huge canopy of disease resistant leaves, from which large, well-shaped hybrid-tea shaped blooms are produced on medium-length, pickable stems. Group plants together and plant in a bed for maximum effect. Also suitable for a large container.
Produces an endless supply of densely petalled rosette-shaped blooms with a light fragrance. The colour is a warm salmon apricot. The plant grows into a sturdy shrub with glossy green leaves that show off the appealing blooms. Group three plants as a focal point in the garden or plant close together to form a head-high flowering hedge.
A fiery orange-red floribunda that matures into a stately bush, covered with shiny, dark-green foliage that shows up the large semi-double blooms. It can stand on its own as a focal point in a garden and is ideal for planting as a screen or to hide an unattractive wall or fence.
A substantial Antico Moderno shrub, growing as wide as it is tall (shoulder height). The large, quartered and full deep pink blooms are long-lasting and lightly fragrant. This rose is unmatched for flower power, health and vigour.
Grows without any special care into a broad, chest high shrub, which continuously produces large flowers of an attractive nostalgic cup shape. The flowers are borne on pickable stems on huge candelabras as well as “sprinkled” on shorter side stems all over the powerful shrub. The blooms are a deep golden-apricot.
Produces sparkling red blooms against glossy green leaves. The full nostalgic cup-shaped blooms have firm petals and are long-lasting. The rose bush grows into a loosely branched shrub of neat proportions that sprouts flowering stems from base to tip from spring into winter.
no-nonsense floribunda that produces an extraordinary number of bright red semi-double blooms against glossy green foliage. It grows to shoulder height as a neat shrub that rivals ‘Iceberg’ in size and vigour.
A vigorous, free flowering yellow rose that grows into a neat, rounded shrub-like bush. It performs with ease in all climates and in all gardens with ease. Good as a bedding rose, as a flowering hedge and in large containers.