If there is a rose in your future, you may want to consult the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory’s list of blackspot-resistant roses. As the article states, gardeners”could increase their leisure time and decrease their fungicide expenses by using disease resistant and tolerant roses.” There are so many different rose cultivars out there, why ask for trouble by planting one that’s prone to disease?
Sigh. As soon as I wrote that, I realized there’s probably dozens of rose aficionados out there who could make a cogent argument for planting a disease-prone rose. But that’s not me, okay? I once thought all roses had to be sprayed to a fare-thee-well to amount to anything, and it put me off roses for years.