The harsh winter of 1995-1996 was hard on the modern garden roses (hybrid teas, floribundas, and grandifloras). Many were severely damaged, some were completely destroyed. While the modern garden roses can be difficult to successfully grow in Iowa, there are many less demanding, disease resistant, cold hardy roses. This group of low maintenance, hardy roses includes old garden roses (those introduced before 1867), species or wild roses, hybrid rugosas, and others. Though these hardy roses will survive winters in the upper midwest, some winter injury may occur.