2018 Rose Review

By Jeff Garrett

 

As we look forward to the coming rose season, we begin by reviewing how our roses performed this past year.  For the most part, we had a good year, however, we do continue to have issues with black spot and thrip.  For this article, I will limit my review to standard roses that have been growing in our garden for three years or less.  Not all of these roses are new to the market as we have added a bed of mostly David Austin roses which are included in this article.

All Dressed Up – is a new medium pink grandiflora bred by Christian Bedard of Weeks Roses.  Our 1st year plant grew and bloomed well, with mostly one bloom per stem. The old fashioned fully double blooms are attractive and have light fragrance.   

All My Loving – is a hybrid tea offered by Weeks Roses.  Hybridized by Gareth Fryer, the bush has nice medium to dark pink blooms with 30 to 40 petals.  Our 3rd year bush is medium in height and throws nice rich pink blooms that have pretty good form.  Appears to be a keeper for us.

Arctic Blue – is a new mauve floribunda from Christian Bedard at Weeks Roses.  Our 1st year plant was placed in our ‘no-spray’ area where it had some issues with black spot.  Our bush is rather compact and did not do well in the heat of summer.  The lavender blooms have a white reverse and are mildly fragrant.  Will keep for another year.

At Last – is an apricot blend floribunda introduced in the United States by White Flower Farm.  We placed our 1st year plant in our ‘no spray’ test area and it performed fairly well.  Our own root plant has attractive ruffled apricot blooms with lots of petals.  The bush does not appear to mind hot weather, so it might be a winner for us.

Babies Blush – is a light pink hybrid tea from hybridizer John Smith.  The delicate pink blooms have nice exhibition form and good size.  After 3 years we continue to see this rose as a good variety.  The medium height bush has good exhibition potential and has found a home in our garden.

Candy Cane Cocktail – is an attractive pink blend floribunda from Meilland International.  The eye-catching creamy white to light pink blooms have a rich deep pink edge.  We moved our 3rd year plant into our new floribunda bed and it has really shined.  We absolutely love this variety!

Candy Spelling – is an orange pink floribunda from Tom Carruth and Weeks Roses.  The medium size orange-pink blooms have about 40 petals.  Our 2nd year plant has really struggled and, depending on how it comes through the winter, we might discard it.

Canyon Road (Scarlet Bonica) – is a medium red floribunda bred by Alain Meilland.  Our 1st year plant was a great surprise, as it really took off and did well for us.  The bush is very vigorous and needs some room as it tends to spread.  The rich red blooms are eye-catching.  Good variety for us!

Celestial Night – is a mauve floribunda bred by Christian Bedard.  This plant is growing in our  ‘no spray’ test area where it is doing well.  The ruffled blooms have a nice rich apricot color.  Our 1st year plant grew and bloomed well.     

Champagne Wishes – is a white shrub from Bailey Nurseries.  Our 1st year plant was placed in our ‘no-spray’ test area where it did not do well.  The plant is compact and the ruffled blooms are attractive, however, our plant had issues with black spot.  We will keep for another year.

Coral Cove -  is an orange pink shrub bred by Ping Lim and offered by Bailey Nurseries.  Our 1st year plant was placed in our ‘no-spray’ test area with mixed results.  The plant is compact and the blooms are coral with a yellow center.  We will keep for another year and continue to evaluate.

Darcy Bussell – is a red blend shrub from David Austin Roses.  Our 1st year plant is rather compact and grew lots of nice clusters of deep crimson blooms with old fashioned form.  Might prove to be a good plant for containers. 

Duftjuwel (Princess Charlene de Monaco) – is an apricot blend hybrid tea bred by Alain Meilland.  The blooms have 40 plus petals and are very fragrant.  Our 1st year bush showed good vigor and bloomed well.  The large blooms have old garden rose form.  Appears to be a nice new variety.

Easy Spirit – is a white floribunda bred by Tom Carruth.  Our 1st year plant produced lots of clean white blooms with good exhibition form.  The bush is medium height and is advertised as disease resistant.  This appears to be a nice new variety.

Falstaff – is a nice dark red shrub from David Austin.  Our 3rd year plant continues to be rather short.  The medium size dark crimson blooms have 40-50 petals and are fragrant.  Will keep and hope vigor improves.

Fiji (Cherry Lady) – is a deep pink to cherry red hybrid tea from Kordes.  The lightly fragrant blooms have lots of petals but lack substance.   After two seasons of growing this variety in our “no spray” test area, we have concluded that Fiji is not resistant to blackspot.  Not a good rose for us so it is gone!

Fired Up – is an orange blend floribunda bred by Alain Meilland.  The medium size blooms have about 10 petals.  Bloom color is orange with yellow stripes which are striking.  Our 2nd year plant continues to be small with small blooms.  Due to the interesting color I am going to try growing it on multiflora rootstock.

First Crush – is a light pink floribunda introduced by Kordes.  The blooms are advertised as creamy white  blushed with pink, however in our garden they have been a muddy white thrip magnet.  Our bush has lacked vigor.  We are discarding it.

Frida Kahlo – is a red blend floribunda from Christian Bedard and Weeks Roses.  The ruffled red striped gold blooms finish with a red blush.  Our 1st year plant really performed for us, as the bush grew well and was always in bloom.  Appears to be a very nice variety.

Gina Lollobrigida – is a bright yellow hybrid tea from Mielland International and distributed by Star Roses.  The large blooms lack exhibition form but do have lots of petals and nice fragrance.  Unfortunately our plant is weak and not growing well.  I suspect we just have a bad plant of this variety.      

Grande Amore – is a medium red hybrid tea from Kordes that is also sold as My Valentine.  This vigorous variety grows like crazy, but is very slow to repeat bloom.  The blooms we do get are a nice rich red and have pretty good form.  The foliage is a nice dark green.  Advertised as a disease resistant variety, but to keep it free from black spot you will have to spray it.

Heart of Fire – is a new yellow blend floribunda from Dave Bang and offered by For Love of Roses.  Our 1st year own root plant was a little slow to grow but eventually did and was well worth the wait.  The blooms have classic hybrid tea form and the color is stunning.  The yellow blooms have a rich orange/red edge.  Can’t wait to see how it does this coming season.

Jewel Grace – is a pink blend hybrid tea from Eddie Edwards.  The rich pink has a hint of yellow at the center and can be absolutely stunning, especially in spring and fall.  After 3 years in our garden, this variety is a winner for us.

Kristin Singer – is a light pink hybrid tea bred by Steve Singer of Wisconsin Roses.  The blooms have a lot of delicate pink to almost white petals.  Our 3rd year plant on multiflora rootstock is a vigorous grower but is a little bit of a stingy bloomer.  The blooms have lots of petals but are generally too small for us.  Not sure what we will do with this variety.

Lady of Megginch – is a deep pink shrub from David Austin.  Our 2nd year plant did show more vigor and appears to be getting better with age.  The blooms are a crimson to deep pink with nice old rose fragrance. 

Lady of Shallot – is an orange blend shrub from David Austin.  Our 3rd year bush grew and bloomed well.  The medium size fragrant blooms are an apricot yellow blushed with pink on the edges, which are attractive in the garden.

Life of the Party (Huntington’s 100th) – is a new floribunda bred by Christian Bedard of Weeks Roses.  The old fashioned soft yellow blooms are blushed with pink and have nice fragrance.  Our 1st year plant grew and bloomed well.    

Madame Anisette – is an apricot blend grandiflora from Kordes.  Our 1st year plant really grew well, however, it appears to have one major fault as it only bloomed once in the spring.  We will keep it for now and see if it blooms more.  If not, it will be gone. 

Mary Rose – is a medium pink shrub from David Austin.  Our 3rd year bush on fortuniana rootstock is growing and blooming well for us.  Fragrant blooms are nice size and good for cutting, especially if you like the “old fashioned” bloom form. 

Miss Shelby – is a pink blend hybrid tea from Fred Wright.  The attractive blooms are white with rich pink edges.  Our 1st year plant has been slow to grow so we will know more as the bush matures. 

Mr Caleb – is a red hybrid tea from Fred Wright.  We are growing this rose on both fortuniana and multiflora rootstock.  It appears that it takes a few seasons for this variety to get established and growing well.  Given the blooms we have seen from other gardens, it is well worth the effort.  Hopefully it will finally start to flourish for us this coming season.   

Munstead Wood – is a dark red shrub from David Austin.  The blooms are a nice dark red and have great fragrance.  Our plant on Dr Heuy rootstock tends to really sprawl.  I put one on multiflora rootstock for our nephew and it has been great.  He gets nice long stems and with some attention to pruning has been able to keep it from sprawling as much.  Has been a great black spot resistant rose for him, as he doesn’t spray.

Olivia Rose Austin – is a nice medium pink shrub from David Austin.  Our 3rd year bush is growing and blooming well.  The large pink blooms have up to 90 petals and are very fragrant.  This is a nice cut flower as well.

Our Millie – is a pure white hybrid tea being offered by Wisconsin Roses.  Our 2nd year plant on multiflora rootstock is a vigorous grower, but the blooms continue to be too small.  Hopefully the 3rd year will be the charm!

Parade Day – is a new pink blend grandiflora rose bred by Christian Bedard and offered by Weeks Roses.  Our 1st year plant was a little disappointing as it seemed to lack vigor.  The fragrant pink striped blooms are attractive but did not appear to like our summer heat.  Will keep it for now and see if it gets better with age.

Pat Austin – is an orange blend shrub from David Austin.  The attractive light orange with apricot reverse blooms are of medium size and have up to 50 petals.  The blooms also have a moderate fragrance.  Our 2nd year plant continues to be a little slow to grow, but that is typical of many of the Austin roses in our garden.

Peach Swirl – is an apricot blend hybrid tea being sold by Edmunds Roses.  The large blooms have a distinctive striped color.  Unfortunately our plant got winter damaged last year and is now struggling.

Pilgrim Maid – is a white hybrid tea from Bill Blok.  Our 3rd year plant on multiflora rootstock is a vigorous grower with nice long stems.  The blooms are creamy white blushed with just a hint of pink.  The blooms have lots of petals and the form is generally good, but needs more size to be a winner. 

Pinkerbelle – is a new pink blend hybrid tea from Meilland.  Our 1st year plant was a bit of a disappointment as it did not do well in our heat.  Hope it gets better this year as the delicate white blooms blushed with a pink edge are very pretty.

Polynesian Punch – is an orange blend floribunda bred by Alain Meilland.  The orangey-pink blooms have about 15 petals and are medium in size.  Our 2nd year plant generally lacked vigor and did not bloom well.  If it doesn’t improve this year it will be gone. 

Ring of Fire – is an outstanding orange hybrid tea from Chris Greenwood being offered by Edmunds Roses.  The rich orange blooms have good size and great form, even in our summer heat.  The plant is vigorous and blooms well.  Get this rose!

Rosie the Riveter – is a new orange blend floribunda from Christian Bedard and Weeks Roses.  While the blooms do have striking color, the 1st year plant did not grow well for us.  It also does not appear to like our summer heat.

Shirley’s Bouquet – is a white hybrid tea from Rosaraies Orard.  Our 1st year plant struggled somewhat and generally lacked vigor.  Will give it one more year due to the good reviews we have gotten from other growers.

Shug – is a medium pink hybrid tea from hybridizer Tommy Hebert.  This variety has been somewhat of a challenge for us as it has not been as vigorous as we like.  The bloom color is medium pink with lighter shades which make it attractive.  Bloom size and form are both good, so we are keeping it for now.

Silver Cream – is a light yellow from John Smith.  The large blooms are mostly ivory white with only a hint of yellow, but are just not that attractive.  Our 3rd year plants are ok but not great.  This might be the last year for this variety in our garden if it does not improve.

Solero Vigorosa – is a medium yellow shrub from Kordes.  After 2 years in our ‘no spray’ test area, it has proven to be pretty disease resistant.  The blooms do tend to fade quickly and really aren’t that attractive, so we may discard.  

Summer Sun – is an orange pink floribunda from Kordes.  This disease resistant variety has vibrant peachy pink blooms with a yellow center.  It is growing and blooming well in our floribunda bed.  We really like this striking variety. 

Sunny Sundays – is an outstanding yellow blend from John Smith.  The striking medium yellow blooms have a strong light to dark pink edge and will stop you in your tracks!  Also has  great bloom form and size.  Definitely a rose everyone should be growing!

Sweet Mademoiselle – is a pink blend hybrid tea from Meilland.  The fragrant peachy pink blooms have old garden rose form with lots of petals.  Our 1st year plant grew like a climber with nice long and strong stems.  Looking forward to seeing how it does in year two.   

The Poet’s Wife – is a dark yellow shrub from David Austin.  We have our 3rd year plant in a container, where it continues to be a small plant.  We wish it grew better as the blooms are pretty.

Thomas Affleck – is a deep pink shrub from Mike Shoup.  Advertised as disease resistant, we have to spray ours to prevent black spot.  Give this plant room as it tends to really spread and has sharp thorns.  The big blooms also have great fragrance.

Tranquillity – is a white shrub from David Austin.  Our 3rd year plant is medium in height.  The large fragrant blooms are a delicate light pink to near white with about 60 petals.  Seems to be getting better as the plant gets more established.

Twice in a Blue Moon – is a German rose bred by Hans Jurgen Evers and introduced by Tantau Roses.  The pale lilac blooms are attractive and have a nice fragrance.  Our 1st year plant was a little slow to grow but did eventually take off and produced some nice long stems.  We look forward to seeing how it does this year. 

Violet’s Pride – is a nice mauve floribunda from Christian Bedard.  This rose has great fragrance!  Our 3nd year plant continued to grow and give lots of violet blooms.  Be aware that the summer heat really takes a toll on the bloom size as they get very small, probably because they do not have many petals.  This rose is in the Downton Abbey series.

As we endure this wet gloomy winter, we are enjoying researching and going through our 2018 edition of the “Horizon Roses” publication and picking out some promising new varieties to try in 2019.  Hopefully spring is just around the corner.