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Winter Blooming Roses

By K.C. Morgan
Winter-blooming roses add life to a dormant flower season.

Roses are a classic flower grown all over the world, both indoors and out. Commonly, roses are associated with the summer because so many species of the flowers bloom during this season. Winter-blooming roses follow a flowering pattern that's opposite to those summer blooms, providing color and life when many other garden plants lie dormant.

Christmas Rose

The Christmas rose, also known as the Lenten rose, is actually a hellebore, though the pink-and-white blossoms look very much like wild rose blooms. When hellebore is planted in the early spring, blooms will appear around December. Unlike summer roses, hellebore can and should be grown outdoors, where it will be exposed to cold temperatures. Hellebore flowers may even appear through a layer of snow, growing up to 20 inches tall. Keep Christmas roses in the shade, and they may be grown in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 4 to 9.

Gloire des Rosomanes

The Gloire des Rosomanes is an antique China rose that grows in tropical and sub-tropical climates. Originally, the flower was created to be a red Bourbon rose. The blossom grows bright red, and will appear repeatedly throughout the year. Unlike the China rose, the Gloire des Rosomanes is a repeat bloomer that continues to produce flowers. Gardeners who live outside tropical and sub-tropical zones must grow this rose indoors.

International Herald Tribune

The International Herald Tribune blooms throughout the winter season, producing purple-red blossoms that are very strongly scented. The plant grows as high as 2 1/2 feet when it reaches adult size and blooms almost constantly, budding a new blossom after the old one has wilted away. The International Herald Tribune may be grown indoors or out.

General Schablikine

General Schablikine is an antique tea rose producing small, pinkish flowers that appear in the winter. The general Schablikine is a short climbing rose that's ideally suited to warm climates, though it may be grown indoors if it's given plenty of sunlight and care. The copper-pink blossoms give general Schablikine roses an unusual look that some gardeners may prize.

 

About the Author

 

K. C. Morgan is a professional freelance writer, with articles and blog posts appearing on dozens of sites. During her years of writing professionally, K. C. has covered a wide range of topics. She has interviewed experts in several fields, including celebrated psychoanalyst Frances Cohen Praver, PhD; television personality and psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig; and entrepreneur Todd Reed.