Feature Rose: Winnipeg Parks
Winnipeg Parks rose is a beautiful shrub rose that was developed in Canada and released in 1990. It is part of the Parkland rose series. This hardy shrub rose is a recurrent bloomer and boasts raspberry red flowers that are fragrant. The flowers are borne in clusters and are extremely colorful. After blooming, a bonus is the development of nice red rose hips.
Like many “hardy” shrub roses, Winnipeg Parks is produced “own root” instead of budding it to an understock. While totally root hardy in the North, it often will have some winter die-back on the canes. No problem, as being on its own roots allows this plant to recover by flushing out new canes each spring should this occur.
This rose is rated hardy for zones 3-7 and grows about 3’ tall. Here at Johnson’s Nursery we have offered Winnipeg Parks for many years and it always seems to sell out fast once in bloom. It has performed well in our area of S.E. Wisconsin.
Paul Schwabe is a salesman in our Contractor Sales division. He holds a degree in horticulture and will be writing about some of his favorite and underused plants.