What is Earthkind®?
Earthkind is a label given to the most floriferous, disease and pest resistant roses. Planting roses like Earthkind, and other resistant roses, reduces our need for harmful chemicals that pollute our earth; Earthkind roses also thrive in a variety of soils. The Earthkind program was started by Dr. Steven W. George of Texas A&M. It is run by Agrilife extension service of Texas A&M. Earthkind is more than just a list of roses; you can learn more by visiting this website.
For many gardeners roses are the holy grail. Roses have a reputation of being fussy and prone to disease. While that is true for some cultivars, you can have a lush rose garden without constantly spraying, clipping and worrying. The trick to planning a successful rose garden is research. In fall and early spring, the catalogs come out by the dozen, and most of them have a single photo of a single bloom. Its hard to plan your garden around a bloom. When you cross-referance a cultivar with PlantFiles, Helpmefind.com, and the source you want to buy from, you will have a better idea of how that cultivar grows. ''Why Earthkind?", you may ask. The first and foremost reason is: they have done the research for you. The Agrilife extension service has not only conducted research, but they have done field tests. Through the trials, they have come up with a group of roses that will thrive almost anywhere with little care. They continue the work and add new roses that pass their tests, so don't be disheartened if the list seems short. I'm not, by any means, suggesting that you only grow Earthkind roses. But its a great placed to start if you have been jaded by fussy, less-hardy roses. From here you can branch out to other roses that will also do well in your area.
The Earthkind® Roses
Marie Daly is a polyantha that was introduced in 1888.
It is a repeat-blooming compact bush
cold-hardy to zone 5.
Mutabilis is a china rose with single blooms.
It is hardy to zone 7.
The Fairy, a polyantha introduced in 1932, is a
that is cold hardy to zone 4.
Caldwell Pink is a found
rose. It is a compact, rounded
polyantha cold hardy
to zone 6.
Knockout is the well-known landscape rose.
It was introduced 2000. Knockout is cold
hardy to zone 4 and blooms from
spring to fall .
Perle d'Or is an apricot polyantha introduced
in 1884. The flowers of Perle d' Or
are very fragrant and double; it
blooms in clusters. This vigorous and
dense rose is hardy in zones 6 to 9.
Belinda's Dream was introduced in 1992.
It has very large, full flowers. This upright
shrub is cold hardy to zone 5 .
Else Poulsen is a single flowered floribunda
introduced in 1924. It is free-flowering and
blooms in clusters.
Carefree Beauty was introduced in 1977. Its
growth is vigorous and upright.
It is hardy from zone 4 to 9.
Duchess de Brabant was introduced in 1857.
The flowers of this rose are full and cupped.
Like most tea roses it is hardy from zone 7 to 9.
China rose is vigorous and compact.
Ducher is hardy from zone 7 to 9.
Georgetown Tea is a tall upright and bushy
shrub. As its name suggests it is a
tea rose, and it is hardy from zone 7 to 9
Sea Foam is a creamy white shrub
that was introduced in 1964. It is a vigorous,
spreading shrub that blooms from
spring to fall . It is hardy from zone 4 to 9.
Spice is classified as a china rose.
It blooms in clusters from spring to
frost. Spice is an upright bush that is
cold hardy from zone 7 to 9.
Souvenir de St. Anne's is a bourbon
rose introduced in 1850. It is cold
hardy from zone 5 to 9. Its growth habit
is tall and upright.
New Dawn holds the first plant patent. It was
introduced in 1930. It is very vigorous
and upright. New Dawn is considered a large-
flowered climber that blooms through
spring, rests in summer then blooms again
in the fall.
Madame Antoine Mari is a round
bushy tea from 1901. It is a
repeat bloomer and it is hardy
from zone 6 to 9.
Climbing Pinkie is a climbing polyantha
introduced in 1952. It reaches 8 to 12 feet in
height and is hardy from zone 6 to 9.
La Marne, a polyantha, was introduced in
1915. It is cold hardy from zone 6 to 9.
The form of the bloom is cupped.
Cecile Brunner is a polyantha that was
introduced in 1881. It is hardy
from zone 5 to 10 and it is a repeat bloomer.
- Thumbnail : New Dawn from my garden
- Mary Daly photos courtesy of sweezel
- Mutabilis photos courtesy of TomH3787
- The Fairy photo 1 courtesy of Joyce aka cactuspatch, photo 2 htop
- Caldwell pink photo courtesy of sweezel
- Knockout photo 1 courtesy Paulwhwest, photo 2 jess2132000
- Perle d' Or photo 1 courtesy of Calif_Sue, photo 2 sweezel
- Belinda's Dream photo 1 courtesy of hannahrd photo 2 sweezel
- Else Poulsen photo 1 courtesy of sweezel and photo 2 vossner
- Carefree Beauty photo 1 courtesy of Ginni Davis, photo 2 TABatPSU
- Duchess de Brabant photo 1 courtesy of seedpicker_TX , photo 2 courtesy of bootandall
- Dutcher photo 1 courtesy of and photo 2 courtesy of vossner
- Georgetown tea photo 1 courtesy of sweezel and photo 2 melvatoo
- SeaFoam photos courtesy of Calif_Sue
- Spice photos courtesy of sweezel
- Souvenir de St. Anne photo 1 courtesy of Calif_Sue and photo 2 bootandall
- New dawn photo 1 courtesy ofseedpicker_TX and photo 2 myself
- Mme. Antoine Mari photo courtesy of marcir from helpmefind.com
- Climbing Pinkie photos courtesy of kell
- La Marne photos courtesy of kell
- Cecile Brunner photo1 courtesy of Calif_Sue and photo 2 Heidi Soroken