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Roses that Tolerate Shade

You may think that without at least six hours of direct sun a day, you need to give up the idea of growing roses in your garden. While it is true that roses love direct sun, and are at their best with plenty of light, there ARE some roses that will tolerate a partially shady location. The key word is “partial” because no rose will thrive or bloom in a completely shaded spot. But if your garden has a location with at least a couple hours of morning sun, there are roses that are worth a try.

You will not find the classic hybrid teas on the list of shade-tolerant roses. Those require a full day of sun for beautiful blooms and healthy growth. The roses that can take a little bit of shade are mostly shrub roses and some floribundas. There are also a few climbers that will do okay in less than ideal light.

Look for any of the following for your less-than-sunny garden:

Don’t let a lack of sunlight scare you away from growing roses. As long as you have at least a few hours of morning sun, you can grow these shade-tolerant beauties.

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