As to your questions about my favorite - they all are. There has never been a rose I don't like. My great uncle and my dad all grew roses and from the time I was little I can remember roses, either at our home or at my great grannies, where my great uncle lived.
I like all colors, but the deep reds are absolutely stunning!!
I lost three that I planted last season-it was a long drought filled hot summer. My others are budding like crazy-2 weekas from now my climbers will be in full bloom, a week later, the shrubs. I planted 3 more in April and they seem to be taking nicely.
I didn't plant any last year (our first year in this house) because the japanese beetles were BAD. I took a chance that this winter was cold enough to help kill em off and bought 6 miniature roses. If I don't kill those I will go for the "real thing" next year! My mom had some red roses that I just loved as a kid.
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