At a certain point in my gardening career I was looking for a plant that would have a show of bloom through most of the season. The answer was right under my nose: roses! We somehow catalog roses as simply a flower that performs in June, but roses are much more… they are landscape worthy shrubs, they are fragrance and beauty, they are icons and symbols… they grace our tables and garland our minds. Roses are one of the most useful of flowers and one of the most loved. They perform very well in most gardens, and with the right choices can be grown well with a minimum of know-how.