Griffith Buck Roses are easy to grow roses,that are low maintenance roses that are cold hardy to zone 4. The Buck Roses, were developed by a professor of horticulture at Iowa state University. This series of shrub roses has world wide recognition for being low maintenence and are wonderful cold hardy rose bushes. They were developed to withstand the freezing temperatures of -20 degrees, This cultivar need no pesticides, or fungicides to thrive.
These easy to grow roses resemble modern roses, and are very useful for those in colder climate zones, to be able to grow beautiful roses.
Even without winter protection, these roses come back and thrive every year.
Dr. Griffith Buck bred his roses at Iowa State University, starting around 1950. He had a true love and passion for roses. He would combine strains of very cold hardy roses, with Hybrid Teas, and others.
He planted them in the fields, and if the new roses survived the harsh Iowa winters of 20-30 degrees below zero, with absolutely NO protection, these would be the seedlings he introduced.
His goal was to produce roses that were very hardy and disease resistant.
His efforts were a great success, but sadly, not appreciated in his lifetime. His wonderful roses, (called Buck roses) have now gained the acceptance and popularity they have long deserved.
This is a list of some of the wonderful Buck Roses:
April Moon -lemon yellow
Aunt Honey -rose-pink
Barn Dance -Neyron Pink
Blue Skies -lobelia blue
Carefree Beauty Country Dancer -rose red
Distant Drums -bronz brown center/lavender edges
Earth Song -
El Catala -dark red
Enchanted Folk Singer - peach/yellow
Golden Princess -Bi-Color peachy yellow overlaid/lipstick red (lovely)
Golden Unicorn -peachy gold
Griffs Red -velvety red
Hawkeye Belle -white/shaded pink
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Rosa 'Honeysweet', has yellow buds on this Buck rose that are held in clusters, brushed with rosy red to magnify coppery tints in the abundant dark green foliage. This abundant, leathery foliage has good field resistance to foliar disease. From yellow and orange to rosy pink, the flowers brim with color and the scent of honey until frost calls it all to a halt. It is crown hardy to zone 4 with a mulch applied to ensure hardiness. The plants are winter-hardy in Iowa without protection. Own root. This orange pink shrub has thorns that are brown-tan and awl-like. Honey Sweet is a moderately vigorous, and an erect plant that is bushy and blooms continually from June until killing frost.
Iowa Belle - white/edged with strawberry red
Night Song Pearlie May - yellow/lemon/yellow blend
Polanise - cherry red
Prairie Harvest Rose, Rosa 'Prairie Harvest', produces clusters of light yellow, double blooms, with 43 petals that are 4 inches in diameter. This Buck rose is full and luxuriant, opening to fragrant blooms brimming with a rich yellow. As the flowers age, the color softens to buttery yellow against plentiful foliage that is thick, leathery, and glossy medium green. This rose is crown hardy to zone 4 with a mulch applied to ensure hardiness. Own root. Prairie Harvest repeats with continuous blooms, and it is an upright bushy grower that is disease resistant. Cut back to healthy wood in the spring. Remove spent flowerheads-cut back to a healthy bud on the stem. Shape as desired.
Prairie Star - white (one of the most beautiful and fragrant of ALL the white roses Prairie Sunrise
Prairie Sunrise Rose, Rosa 'Prairie Sunrise', is a Buck rose with clustered buds of deep apricot-red against glossy foliage. As they open, sunrise is blended in the quartered blooms. With a fabulous fragrance, its petals range from salmon to deep apricot over a yellow base, with a yellow reverse that warms to pink at the tips. Crown hardy to zone 4 when mulched to ensure hardiness. Own root. Prairie Sunrise is compact, bushy and upright. Fertilize in spring just before new growth. Keep moist until completely established. Average water needed during growing season. Good for containers, borders and mass plantings. Has some hips.
Princess Verona - Neyron pink
Queen Bee - Deep velvety red
Quietness - soft pink
Silver Shadows -pale lavender w/ silver tones
Sunbonnet Sue -apricot yellow/light orange
Wild Ginger - deep apricot orange
Winter Sunset Rose, Rosa 'Winter Sunset', has deep saffron buds that are borne in abundant clusters, then unfurl to ruffled blooms of amber, brushed with orange at the base. As flowers age, the color softens to a blend of cool yellow. The large foliage is glossy dark green with good disease resistance. Crown hardy to zone 4 with mulch to ensure hardiness. Own root. The "Buck" roses are some of the most beautiful and hardy roses that withstand bitter cold winters. The plants have good resistance to blackspot and mildew. It blooms in clusters of 3 - 7 and flushes throughout the season.
This is a partial list of all the wonderful, hardy roses developed by Griffith Buck (Buck Roses)
They are some of the most beautiful roses you will find. The colors, and bi-colors are amazing.
If you love roses, but have no luck growing them because you live in a harsh climate, "dont' give up" give these a try! Click on the name for buying information.