Gents don't forget about that date coming up...and ladies, a guy doesn't mind a flower every now and then either. With Valentines Day just around the corner, our inaugural plant of the week is the Champlain Rose.
This rose grows to roughly 3 feet x 3 feet under ideal conditions (full sunlight and well drained soil), where it features clusters of beautiful true-red flowers all season long. This multi-stemmed deciduous shrub grows in an upright spreading form. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground and does not require filler plants in front. Therefore, it is best flanked by one or two finer trees or shrubs, providing balance and varying textures amongst your landscape.
Many consider this to be a 'high maintenance' rose, however, yearly pruning in late winter/early spring will keep it looking its best.