This section is from the book "How To Make A Flower Garden", by Wilhelm Miller. Also available from Amazon: The Well-Tended Perennial Garden: Planting and Pruning Techniques.
The vicinity of Chicago, especially that of the bluff lands to the north and lying close to the lake, is not an ideal home for roses, but with a proper selection of varieties and a suitable winter protection they may be grown quite successfully. The following so-called hybrid perpetuals have proved the most reliable with me:
Carmine, Crimson and Red - Prince Camille de Rohan, General Jacqueminot, La Rosiere, Captain Hayward, Anne de Diesbach, Alfred Colomb, Countess of Oxford, Ulrich Brunner, Marshall P. Wilder, Louis Van Houtte, Mme. Victor Verdier, Pierre Notting, Eugene Furst, Paeonia.
Pink and Rose - Magna Charta, Mrs. R. G. Sharman-Crawford, Captain Christy, Garden Favourite, Paul Neyron, John Hopper, Baronne Prevost, Prince of Wales, Lyonnaise, Mlle. Suzanna de Rodocanachi.
White and Blush - Mrs. Paul, Perle des Blanches, Madame Plantier, Hybrid China.
The following additional ones are quoted as doing well on the "Wooded Island" at Jackson Park, Chicago, where the elevation above the lake is some eighty feet lower than here at Egandale: Duchess de Morny, Caroline de Arden, Bell Normandie, Comtesse de Serenye, La France, G. M. Maurande, Baroness Rothschild, Earl of Dufferin, Jean Liabaud.
I cannot handle La France, for the buds brown in the sun, nor Mrs. John Laing, which, with Jeannie Dickinson, is tender at Jackson Park.
Nearly all of the moss-roses do fairly well here, including the new remontant forms. Hermosa, Clothilde Soupert, and many of the so-called dwarf fairy roses, especially the exquisite Mlle.
Cecile Brunner, come through the winter well when protected, and bloom all summer. About all of the hybrid tea bedding roses require removal to a coldframe in the fall, or a sash and frame placed over them for the winter.
The hardiest climbing garden rose is the Prairie Queen, but it blooms much better if slightly protected from the sun's rays during the winter. The following climbing roses have proved valuable under winter protection: Crimson Rambler, Seven Sisters, Dundee Rambler, the Dawson, Thalia, Euphrosyne, Paul's Carmine Pillar, Reine Henriette Marie, and Wichuraiana and its hybrids.
Nearly all of the hybrids of R. rugosa are hardy without protection, the lovely Mrs. Bruant, with its tea blood, being an exception. Jackson Dawson's hybrid rugosas, "The Arnold" and "W. C. Egan," have done exceptionally well. Lord Penzance's hybrid sweetbriers require protection, and some even then go back. A set that I have growing against a north wall, protected in winter by a single thickness of burlap, does the best. The Harrison and Persian Yellow do fairly well without protection. The following thrive unprotected: R. rugosa, R. mollis, var. pomifera, R. spinosissima, var. Altaica (a lovely single white, resembling the Cherokee rose), R. nitida, var. alba, R. rubrifolia (R. ferruginea), and the sweetbriers.
Rosa Spinosissima var. Altaica.
A good pillar rose. Climbing General Jacqueminot.
The following are well adapted to wild gardening, and are native to this section: R. setigera, R. Engelmanni, R. blanda, R. Carolina, and R. humilis.