Griffith Buck Roses are easy to grow roses, that are very low maintenance roses and cold hardy rose bushes.
They are cold hardy roses to zone 4.
These roses were developed by a professor of horticulture at Iowa state University. This series of shrub roses has world wide recognition for being low maintenance and are wonderful cold hardy rose bushes.
The Griffith Buck roses 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, from 1952 until 1985. He had a true love and passion for roses. He would combine strains of very cold hardy roses, with Hybrid Teas, and others.
The contribution he made to the rose industry through the breeding program, are still benefiting the industry today.
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.
He ultimately introduced approximately 90 varieties.
His goal was to produce roses that were very hardy and disease resistant, but also have good disease resistance, good flower form and color, repeat bloom, and have a vigorous but restrained growth habit.
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 Roses by Griffith Buck:
Allamand-Ho - White/pink edged
Amiga Mia - Pink
April Moon -lemon yellow
Aunt Honey -rose-pink
Autumn Dusk -
Barn Dance -Neyron Pink
Blue Skies -lobelia blue
Brave Patriot - Red/ yellow stamens
Bright Melody - Deep red
Brook Song - Light Yellow
Carefree Beauty Country Dancer -rose red
Chorale - Light pink
Country Dancer - Pink
Country Music - Light Pink w/darker shaded pink
Distant Drums -bronz brown center/lavender edges
Dorcas - Pink shades
Earth Song -
El Catala -dark red
Ellens Joy - Light Pink w/darker pink shaded
Enchanted Folk Singer - peach/yellow
Folksinger -Light Peach
Frontier Twirl- Peach w/yellow center
Gee Whiz - Light Pink
Gentle Persuasion - Peach/yellow center
Golden Princess -Bi-Color peachy yellow overlaid/lipstick red (lovely)
Golden Unicorn - Yellow w/ darker center
Golden Unicorn -peachy gold
Grace Note - Pink Swirl
Griffs Red -velvety red
Hawkeye Belle -white/shaded pink
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Iowa Belle - white/edged with strawberry red
Joseph F. Lamb orange/red
Kathy's Find Mauve
Musicale White/pink blend
Night Song Red yellow stamens
Pearlie May - yellow/lemon/yellow blend
Polanise - cherry red
Prairie Star - white (one of the most beautiful and fragrant of ALL the
Prairie Sunrise- apricot red
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 - Yellow
This is a partial list of all the wonderful, hardy roses developed by Griffith Buck.
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, "don't give up" give these a try!