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First Editions® Campfire rose is a hardy, carefree shrub full of radiant blooms.

Campfire rose
Campfire is a hardy, carefree rose that will brighten your landscape.
Summer is here and camping season is in full swing. One of the joys of camping is sitting around a campfire, watching the blazing embers and sharing stories (and smores).

You can start a campfire in your own garden today. Grow a Campfire rose, a remarkable shrub from Canada.

The tradition of outstanding Canadian roses is well established. The Explorer and Parkland Series are widely grown in North Dakota today. Varieties include Champlain, Morden Centennial, Winnipeg Parks, and Hope for Humanity.

Now comes the Canadian Artists Collection. These roses have been developed to be more reliable, more resistant to diseases, and bloom more continuously than Canadian roses of the past. Among the varieties in this new collection, First Editions® Campfire is receiving rave reviews.

Campfire is exceptionally hardy (Zone 3). This 3-foot-tall shrub grows on its own roots and can withstand North Dakota winters without protection.

Its leaves are deep green and glossy. They show strong resistance to diseases—a notable improvement over many Canadian roses. Its stems are smooth with only a few short thorns, making it less hazardous to care for these shrubs in the garden.

The flower buds appear in brilliant shades of yellow and red, opening into yellow blooms edged in rosy pink. As the blooms age, shades of pink dominate the petals. This aging effect creates an eye-catching mix of colors in the shrub as new blooms appear. Its major drawback: The blooms have little to no fragrance.

Many rose experts believe Campfire is one of the finest roses to come out of Canada.


Written by , Extension Horticulturist for North Dakota State University. Published in the NDSU Yard & Garden Report, June 26, 2017.

Source: Canadian Artists Roses.
Photos courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc. 

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