Is there any roses that can be grown successfully in MN? I've gone thru about 8 different rose bushes - either they don't make it thru the winter or Japanese beetles completely eat them. I don't want to use any chemicals to harm me or the environment. I'm not a fan of the color magenta. Thank you. Gina
Ramsey County Minnesota
I'm not clear what kind of rose you want to plant. Hardy shrub roses can certainly survive here with little or no protection. Hybrid tea roses must be winter-protected. Read here:
As for Japanese beetles, they love roses. Some cultivars are more attractive to them than others, but if you grow roses, be prepared to deal with them. Hand-picking them is still the control method of choice. Read here:
There seems to be some anecdotal evidence that less fragrant cultivars are of less interest to JBs. However, the only scientific study I found showed little difference among cultivars.