Visit to Lowes today
I had my daughter drop me off at Lowes today while she did some shopping elsewhere. I've been looking for "Dream Come True" and found a nice one for $15.95 in a J&P pot. I also picked up one called "Ivory Carpet" It's not a Carpet Rose. The tag says it's 3'W X 2'tall and spreading. Checked it out on Help Me Find and it looks interesting. Says it in perpetual bloom. I have a small space next to my garage door where it'll fit nicely. At $6.95 I figured I could try it. All the roses were in great shape.
I was saddened by the large number of Knock Out roses. They filled 2/3 of the space allocated for roses. Lots of Double Knock Out, Rainbow Knock Out, and Pink Knock Out.
They had only a few patented varieties with many more out of patent ones.
While I waited for my Daughter to pick me up, I sat next to a display of J&P tree roses outside in front of the garden center.
Shame on me! I talked many folks out of buying them after explaining how difficult it was to overwinter tree roses in zone 5a. On the other hand I told them about the other roses inside that were hardier and saw many coming out with them.