Rose Review

by Jeff Garrett

 

As we begin a new year, we start to contemplate what roses we might want to add to our garden.  However, I first like to look back at the previous season.  Generally speaking, we had a good year, but we 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.  However, not all of these roses are new to the market..

Alfred Sisley - is a shrub named after impressionist painter Alfred Sisley.  Bred by Delbard and introduced in the United States by Certified Roses, the eye catching blooms have orange-pink stripes with a yellow reverse.  Our 1st year plant was slow to get established and the blooms were small.  We are hoping it will improve with age as the blooms are striking in the garden. 

All Dressed Up – is a medium pink grandiflora bred by Christian Bedard of Weeks Roses.  Our 2nd year plant did not perform up to expectations as it lacks vigor and bloom production has not been that good.  The old fashioned fully double blooms are attractive and have a light fragrance.  We may discard this variety.  

Arctic Blue – is a mauve floribunda from Christian Bedard at Weeks Roses.  Growing in our ‘no-spray’ test area, it has some  blackspot but not enough to defoliate the plant.  The bush is rather compact and does not seem to like our summer heat.  The lavender blooms have a white reverse and are mildly fragrant.  Not sure this rose has a future in our garden.

At Last – is an apricot blend floribunda introduced in the United States by White Flower Farm.  Our 2nd year plant is growing on its own roots in our ‘no spray’ test area.  So far, the bush has just not grown well.  The blooms have attractive ruffled apricot blooms with lots of petals, so we are hoping it will improve.

Bleeding Heart - is a red blend floribunda from Dave Bang.  The red and white stripped blooms on our 1st year plant have nice form, but are a little small so far.  Our own root plant has been a little slow to grow, but we are hoping it gets better with age.

Canyon Road (Scarlet Bonica) – is a medium red floribunda bred by Alain Meilland.  Our 2nd year plant on its own roots is a vigorous grower, however it does not bloom enough for a floribunda, so we have decided to shovel prune this variety.

Carmella Fairy Tale - is a medium yellow shrub bred by William Kordes.  This vigorous plant is growing in our ‘no-spray’ test area and appears to be pretty blackspot resistant.  The only issue with our 1st year plant is that it has been a little slow to repeat bloom.

Celestial Night – is a mauve floribunda bred by Christian Bedard.  This plant is growing in our ‘no spray’ test area.  The ruffled blooms have a nice rich purple color, but they definitely like cooler temperatures.  Our 2nd year bush has also shown reasonable resistance to blackspot.    

Champagne Wishes – is a white shrub from Bailey Nurseries.  Our 2nd year plant is growing in our ‘no-spray’ test area where it has not grown well.  The plant is just too small and is not very resistant to blackspot.  We are discarding this variety.

Coral Cove -  is an orange pink shrub bred by Ping Lim and offered by Bailey Nurseries.  Our 2nd year plant was placed in our ‘no-spray’ test area and the results have been mixed. as the compact plant generally lacks vigor.  The attractive blooms are coral with a yellow center, but this is another variety we are discarding.

Crazy Love (La Villa Cotta) - is a orange blend shrub bred by Tim Kordes.  This is another variety that we have in our ‘no-spray’ test area.  Our 1st year plant is vigorous and the blooms are nice and fragrant.  It has also been a little slow to repeat bloom.

Darcy Bussell – is a red blend shrub from David Austin Roses.  Our 2nd year plant did grow better, but is still  rather compact.  This variety produces lots of nice clusters of deep crimson blooms with old fashioned form.  Looks to be a good plant for containers or where a compact bush is desirable. 

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 2nd year bush continues to have good vigor and bloom power.  The large blooms have old garden rose form and are fragrant.  We are adding more this season.

Easter Basket - is a nice yellow blend floribunda from Alain Meilland.  The creamy white blooms have a light yellow center and are blushed with a nice lavender-pink edge.  Our 1st year plant really took off and produced lots of pretty blooms in our garden.

Easy Spirit – is a white floribunda bred by Tom Carruth.  After two years, this variety appears to be a real winner.  It produces lots of clean white blooms with good exhibition form.  The bush is medium height and is advertised as disease resistant and we have not had any issues with blackspot.

Fired Up – is an orange blend floribunda bred by Alain Meilland.  The small blooms have about 10 petals.  Bloom color is orange with yellow stripes which are striking.  However, after three seasons, we just can’t get this variety to grow.  I even tried one on multiflora rootstock but it just will not grow.

Frida Kahlo – is a red blend floribunda from Christian Bedard and Weeks Roses.  The ruffled red striped gold blooms finish with a red blush.  This variety is a winner in our garden.  Our 2nd year plant continues to grow and bloom well.  I really like the striking blooms and would certainly recommend it.

Golden Fairy Tale - is a yellow blend hybrid tea by Tim Kordes.  The medium yellow blooms have a hint of red in cooler weather.  Our 1st year plant is a vigorous grower and the blooms have a nice fragrance.  Could stand to bloom a little more often. 

Heart of Fire – is an interesting yellow blend floribunda from Dave Bang and offered by For Love of Roses.  Our 2nd  year own root plant is rather compact, but the yellow blooms with a rich orange edge are striking.  They have classic hybrid tea form.  Will continue to grow this variety and hope it gets more vigorous with age.

Hot Prince - is a new hybrid tea from Donald Johnson.  A cross between Gemini and Hot Princess, the blooms are similar to Hot Princess with more rich red coloration.  Our 1st year maiden really took off and produced some exhibition quality blooms.  We really like it so far.

La Rose du Petit Prince - is a mauve floribunda bred by Delbard.  Our 1st year bush was rather disappointing as it lacked vigor and the blooms were very small.  Not sure about this fragrant variety yet.

Lady of Megginch – is a deep pink shrub from David Austin.  This vigorous plant is 4 to 5 feet tall.  The blooms are an attractive  crimson to deep pink with nice old rose fragrance.   We like it!

Love at First Sight - is a new red blend hybrid tea from Weeks Roses.  The cherry red blooms with a lighter reverse have over fifty petals.  Our 1st year bush was a little small and the blooms tended to be a little flat, but the color was outstanding.  Hopefully it will improve with age.

Maurice Utrillo - is a red blend hybrid tea bred by Delbard and offered by Certified Roses.  Our 1st year plant had more pink than red, but the striped blooms were nice.  The plant generally lacked vigor, but we hope that will improve this year.

Melania - is a new hybrid tea from Fred Wright.  Our 1st year plant on its own roots produced some really nice coral cream exhibition form blooms.   Hopefully this rose will get on the market soon, as it is definitely one to watch.

Miss Shelby – is a pink blend hybrid tea from Fred Wright.  The attractive blooms are white with rich pink edges.  Our 2nd year plant has taken off and is growing well.  The blooms are just a little small so far. 

Mr Caleb – is a red hybrid tea from Fred Wright.  This rose has been slow to grow for us, but we are starting to see some nice rich red blooms with good form.  Hopefully is will continue to improve.  

Munstead Wood – is a dark red shrub from David Austin.  The blooms are a nice dark red and have great fragrance.  The plant tends to sprawl, so give it some room.  This variety does have good resistance to blackspot.

Our Millie – is a pure white hybrid tea being offered by Wisconsin Roses.  Our 3rd year plant is a vigorous grower, but the blooms are too small.  We are discarding this variety.

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.  However, we could not get this plant to grow and have decided to discard it.

Pinkerbelle – is a pink blend hybrid tea from Meilland.  Our 2nd year plant has not grown well in our climate.  The delicate white blooms are blushed with a pink edge.  Hope the 3rd year is the charm!

Polar Express - is a white shrub from Tim Kordes.  Our 1st year plant is growing in our ‘no-spray’ test area and has shown good resistance to blackspot.  So far, the vigorous grower has been a stingy bloomer.  Hopefully it will bloom better this coming season.

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!

Rio Samba - is a yellow blend hybrid tea bred by Bill Warriner.  While this rose is certainly not new to the market, it is new to our garden.  The yellow blooms with red edges age to red.  The blooms are eye-catching and the bush is of medium height.

Rosie the Riveter – is an orange blend floribunda from Christian Bedard and Weeks Roses.  While the blooms do have striking color, our 2nd year plant has not grown well for us.  It also does not like our summer heat.

South Africa—is a deep yellow grandiflora from Kordes.  Our 1st year plant was slow to grow, but the rich deep yellow blooms are worth the effort.  This variety has won several awards and is a nice addition to the garden.

Shirley’s Bouquet – is a white hybrid tea bred by Pierre Orard.  Our 2nd year bush is rather compact, but does produce lots of small pure white blooms.  Will give it one more year!

Stiletto - is a new deep pink hybrid tea bred by Alain Meilland.  The carmine pink blooms have good fragrance.  Our 1st year plant was a little small but did produce some nice blooms.

Sunny Sky - is a medium yellow hybrid tea bred by Tim Kordes.  Our 1st year plant grew vigorously and produced lots of nice large blooms with light fragrance.  This looks to be a good garden variety.     

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 2nd year plant grows like a climber with nice long and strong stems.  We will be keeping this rose!   

The Poet’s Wife – is a dark yellow shrub from David Austin.  The blooms have been few and far between and we have not been able to get this rose to grow, so we are discarding it.

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

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 2nd year plant has long strong stems with nice fragrant blooms.  Our only issue is with the repeat bloom being so slow.