Hortico's Hardy Canadian Explorer Roses

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The Explorer series is a set of rose varieties specially developed to survive the Canadian winters by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at Morden Research Station in Manitoba. They are exceptional for their hardiness in Canada. They require minimal care and are environmentally friendly, needing minimal sprays. They are hardy down to -35 C with only snow as protection, are disease resistant, flower repeatedly throughout the summer, require only minimal pruning and come in a variety of colours and sizes. See also their Parkland Series.

(Many thanks to AAFC and Dr. Campbell Davidson for permission to reproduce their information and rose photos. Hortico is a licensed distributor of these roses and pays a royalty for each one sold.)


Roses in this Series

Alexander Mackenzie Alexander Mackenzie
aka: A. Mackenzie Alex MacKenzie
Cat # SHAMAC10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:6ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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A red blend cupped bloom with pointed ovoid buds. Has a moderate frangrance with a climbing upright habit. Is a very hardy shrub with glossy light green foilage. Sub zero resistance. Requires spring pruning and removal of spent blooms to encourage re-blooming.(Svejda 1985)

Champlain Champlain
Cat # SHCHAM10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., ContinuousBloomer, StrongGrower,
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Bright red, double flowers; Winter hardy and ever-blooming; Canadian hybrid, very healthy; (Svejda 1982)

De Montarville De Montarville
aka: AC de Montarville
Cat # SHDEMO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:3ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Pink with lighter reverse double flowers. (L'Assomption 1998)

Frontenac Frontenac
Cat # SHFRON10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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deep pink, double blooms in clusters of 6 to 8; floriferous with repeats; (Ogilvie 1992)

George Vancouver George Vancouver
Cat # SHGEVA10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 4, Height:3ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Medium red(Canadian Explorer Rose 1998)

J.P. Connell J.P. Connell
Cat # SHJPCO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:5ft., StrongGrower,
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Creamy white blooms with a yellow centre born singly or in clusters, double, high-centred blooms with up to 70 petals; Almost thornless; Vigorous and bushy; 3' x 5'; Slight fragrance; Dark yellow-green foliage; Svejda 1987).

Lambert Closse Lambert Closse
Cat # SHLACL10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 4, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, GoodCut, Repeater, StrongGrower,
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A Canadian hybrid! Hardy, great grower of large full double blooms. Stunning hot pink interior mellowing to a white cuff.(Ogilvie 1994)

Louis Jolliet Louis Jolliet
Cat # SHLOJO10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, ContinuousBloomer, StrongGrower,
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Candy pink-lavender combo on a pompon bloom. Long stems with flowers in clusters or solo. (Ogilvie 1991)

Marie Victorin Marie Victorin
Cat # SHMAVI10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:5ft., Disease Resistant,
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Peach/pink/apricot blend; Yellow reverse; 38 petals; Good disease resistance; 5ft x 4ft; (L'Assomption 1999)

Simon Fraser Simon Fraser
Cat # SHSIFR10     Roses: Modern and Old Shrub Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Repeater,
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Single pink blooms, followed later in the season by semi-double blooms in small clusters; Slightly fragrant; Winter hardy and a low grower to 24inches; Dark green, semi-glossy foliage; Canadian hybrid (Ogilvie 1992)

William Baffin Rose of the year William Baffin
Cat # SHWIBA10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:8ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater, StrongGrower,
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Strawberry pink blooms with yellowish centre around golden stamens; very vigorous with healthy and glossy foliage; suitable for the colder areas where most roses won't thrive; (Svejda 1983)