Sometimes I like to use the scientific names for certain plants. (btw, I don't think the use of scientific names makes me sound smarter, since I mispronounce the names half the time.) In the case of the swamp rose, I just don't think the name captures the gloriousness of this plant. Besides which, the actual species swamp rose (if I have the genuine article) is a thorny rose that doesn't bloom in my garden. It even set a few hips and I never saw any flowers.
The rose I purchased as Rosa palustris scandens from Antique Roses Emporium is a hybrid of some sort. It does like a lot of moisture and in response to food and drink it becomes an 8' high fountain of gracefully weeping canes and beautiful bright pink flowers that are intensely fragrant in the morning. It truly is a glorious rose. I look forward to seeing it bloom every May.
I have a lot of these roses, many still up-and-comers. The oldest is 12 years old. Six to eight roses were ordered over the years from ARE and the rest grown from cuttings. The one below growing next to the vegetable garden was grown from a cutting started 6 or 7 years ago. I take pencil length blooming age stems, stick them in potting mix and put in the shade. I haven't needed to use rooting hormone or plastic bags.
There are three growing next to the paddock fence. Prince helps me out by snacking on pieces that venture over the fence. These roses are thornless (except for old wood near the base) and never sprayed.
This is my oldest swamp rose at 12. I used to have two but one failed. Not exactly sure why ~ it started leaning way over (away from the adjacent Swamp Sunflowers) and then started looking poorly. Graft failure maybe? Or pulled up its own roots? At any rate there are several youngsters in the bed ready to take its place.
It's hard to pick a favorite among roses but I really, really love this rose. Beautiful in bloom and carefree and lovely just as a woody plant, what's not to love?