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Recognizing the recent declining interest in growing roses, Graham Clarke aims to bring attention to new plants and planting techniques that may encourage a revival of rose culture in every garden. He emphasizes that there are so many types of roses now available that can be used in a myriad of ways. Many varieties have been bred for disease resistance, and new methods of rose care have reduced the amount of maintenance necessary for a healthy, attractive display. Clarke reminds readers that roses are not just beautiful flowers, but also are valued as shrubs. He urges that they be used with other plantings for greater continuing interest in the garden display. His text covers the subjects of buying, planting, and general care of roses. There is an extensive directory of roses currently popular in Britain. Unfortunately, the majority of those on the list are suitable for only Hardiness Zone 6, so check out cold hardiness ratings before selecting roses for your own garden.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden