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Griffith Buck Roses

Dr. Griffith Buck was a plant breeder at Iowa State University breeding new varieties of soybeans and corn but roses were his true love and passion. He started breeding roses around 1950 using strains of very cold hardy roses combined with modern hybrid teas and others. He would plant them outside in the field and those that survived harsh Iowa winters of 20-30 degrees below zero with absolutely no protection would be the seedlings he chose to introduce. These are very disease resistant roses and have been tested in Iowa's hot humid summers. Dr. Buck is likened to the artist van Gogh whose paintings were never appreciated in his lifetime. Dr. Buck was also an artist of rose breeding. His goal was to produce roses that were disease-resistant and very hardy. His efforts are highly regarded and have been preserved at the University of Minnesota. While other roses need protection in zone 5, the Buck roses do not. Some protection in Zone 4 is advisable. In order for these roses to be ready to overwinter in zones 4 and 5 they should be planted by June 15th.

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  1. Amiga Mia

    Amiga Mia

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    Pointed buds open into lovely soft pink blooms that are at times blushed with soft apricot. The blooms are double and have white at the base of the petals. The flowers come in clusters of 5-10 and are sweetly scented and borne profusely. Large dark green leathery foliage provides a perfect backdrop for the bloom. An upright bushy plant. Winter hardy in Iowa without protection. Learn More
  2. Applejack

    Applejack

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    One of Dr.Buck's most popular roses. Slightly fragrant with the scent of apples and cloves. these large single 3 12" blooms of pink are produced on an arching bush with mid-green foliage that shows the texture of one of its parents, the wild rose 'Rosa Laxa', a very vigorous upright bush with arching canes. May be grown as a short climber. Winter hardy in Iowa without protection. 5-12 petals. Will make a great showing even in dapple sun as it is shade tolerant too! Learn More
  3. April Moon

    April Moon

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    A rose of great delicate beauty. The lemon yellow edged red buds unfurl to display double 4-5" blooms of lemon yellow that are borne in clusters on a continual blooming bush. In cool weather the petals will display red edging. They are sweetly fragrant. The foliage starts out with coppery tints and matures to a rich dark green and leathery foliage. An upright and yet spreading plant. 24-30 petals. Learn More
  4. Aunt Honey

    Aunt Honey

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    Large 4-5" blooms of rich rose-pink shading lighter toward the outer petals. It is blessed with a rich damask perfume and borne in clusters of 3 to 8 on a continual blooming compact upright bush. Well foliaged with light-green serrated edges. Winter hardy in Iowa without protection. 36-42 petals. Learn More
  5. Blue Skies

    Blue Skies

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    A lovely rose whose color is Iobelia blue. Beautiful long pointed buds open into fragrant eye-catching 4-5" blooms (petals 32-40) which deepen with age. An upright continual blooming bushy plant with serrated leaves that start red-bronze and finish a matte-green. This is a rose of very complex breeding ancestry. Winter hardy in Iowa without protection Learn More
  6. Bright Melody

    Bright Melody

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    The bright ruby red blooms come both singularly and in clusters of up to 25. The blooms have a sweet fragrance and are produced on an upright continual blooming, bushy plant with leathery, dark, olive green foliage. Winter hardy in Iowa with protection. Learn More
  7. Butterfly Magic

    Butterfly Magic

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    Salmon-Pink open blooms with nice yellow stamens to compliment the bloom. All set on a beautiful 4' shrub. Bringing a unique look to your garden with it's flare of salmon-orange coloring. Petals 9-16 Learn More
  8. Calico Gal

    Calico Gal

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    Apricot double bloom form. Height 4', Width 4', Petal 17-25, Repeat Blooming, Zone 4-10 Learn More
  9. Carefree Beauty™

    Carefree Beauty™

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    Large 5" double blooms of light rose, Bengal pink that are nicely fragrant. The blooms are followed by large, attractive, round orange hips. This continual blooming plant is bushy and well foliaged with leathery dark green leaves. Excellent resistance to both black spot and mildew. Winter hardy in Iowa without protection. Petal count 16-20. Learn More
  10. Chorale

    Chorale

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    A rose of exquisite beauty. The sweetly apple scented fully double blooms are a soft peach-pink coloring. The high centered blooms are borne singularly and in clusters. An upright densely foliaged plant whose leaves start out reddish and finish dark-green and leathery. Winter hardy in Iowa without protection. Learn More

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