Throughout history, Roses have been called the ‘Queen of Flowers’. Their reputation is unsurpassed as a symbol of love and beauty. The rose is one of the most versatile and beautiful garden flowers you can own. They come in almost every color imaginable and range from miniature to large grand beauties.
A rose is a woody flowering perennial of which there are over 300 species and tens of thousands of cultivars. Roses come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors (except blue). They can be either upright or sprawling Shrubs, Groundcover & Carpet roses, be trained as a single trunk tree form, or Climbers that can be trained to climb up trellises, arbors, fences, and archways. There are Miniature Roses that are compact and lovely, fitting nicely in mixed flower beds of iris and perennials, and Tree-form are nice along a walkway!
Roses have Prickles not Thorns
Roses have prickles. Thorns are modified leaf stems or parts of leaves, but prickles grow from the epidermis or branches. Rose prickles developed as the plants way of protecting itself. Prickles make it less appetizing to predators such as deer (who love roses) and act as hooks to help plants anchor themselves onto neighboring plants or structures. The plants main objective is to protect itself from being eaten and grow towards the sun, even if that means taking over a neighboring plant or structure.