Posted: 26/07/2017 at 15:39
I love roses and grow lots of them. I use very little 'wildlife killing chemicals' just one spray early in the year before the bees etc get really busy and always spray on a cold day when they aren't about. I plant many species of plants that are loved by wildlife and I reckon on that front I'm pretty much in credit.
I am careful about which roses I select and always check for disease resistance and fragrance which for me are the two most important factors. As mentioned by other posters collecting infected material, mulching and feeding are important. I don't get any blackspot until July, this is usually when the first real flush has finished. Yesterday I went round and removed any real problem leaves and also removed any branches affected by mildew. New leaves will soon emerge as will new flowers.
It's up to you whether you think they are worth the trouble or not. As mentioned by other posters there are lots of other plants to grow but most plants tend to have some drawbacks.