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)

Charles Albanel Charles Albanel
Cat # RUCHAL10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 2, Height:4ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater, StrongGrower,
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Red-lavendar semi-double florets. (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)

Henry Hudson Henry Hudson
Cat # RUHEHU10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:4ft., Repeater,
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white with pink hue; double and cupped when open; nice fragrance; very low (3ft x 3ft); tough, deep green foliage; suitable as a low bedding plant; very healthy; (Svejda 1967)

Henry Kelsey Henry Kelsey
Cat # SHHEKE10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:9ft., Disease Resistant, Repeater,
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Warm, bright red double blooming(25 petals)clusters of 18 medium-sized blooms in cupped form; Hardy; Flowers freely and repeatedly; Mildew resistant; Can be trained as a climber; Fragrant and has glossy foliage; (Svejda 1984)

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).

John Cabot John Cabot
Cat # SHJOCA10     Roses: Rugosa
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:5ft., Disease Resistant, GoodHedge,
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Very popular single/semi-double bloom. Ranging from a vibrant medium red-orange colouring. It is one of our Canadian hybrids thus hardy & low maintenance. (Svejda 1986)

John Davis John Davis
Cat # SHJODA10     Roses: Climbing Roses
Hardy to Zone 3, Height:7ft., Disease Resistant, StrongGrower,
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Canadian hybrid of pink-yellow tones. This double to very double bloom is free flowering is a strong hardy grower. Great climber.(Svejda 1986)