Gardening Articles: Flowers :: Roses
Colorful, Fragrant Roses
by Peter Schneider
Is the hybrid tea dead? Some rose pundits have claimed so, but the new rose introductions in 2001 suggest that the hybrid tea still has a pulse, and plenty to offer gardeners who want well-formed roses on long stems that are just right for cutting.
Here's a survey of this year's offerings, company by company. At the end of the article is a listing of the 42 new roses arranged by type, and their characteristics.
Jackson & Perkins
'Sultry', Jackson & Perkins' Rose of the Year for 2001, is a rich, warm apricot-colored hybrid tea that is especially attractive as a fully open bloom. It offers a quick repeat cycle, and has already proven to be more winter-hardy than many roses of its color.
Other new hybrid teas from Jackson & Perkins include the crisply formed 'Vanilla Perfume', icy pink 'Pearl Essence', and ruffly pink 'Sweet Valentine'. 'Sweet Valentine' is one of the few recent American rose creations to score really well in the European rose trials. Trophies from Germany and Italy do not necessarily mean that 'Sweet Valentine' will do well for you, but are a strong indication that this rose will produce a lot of bloom.
'Burning Desire', a crimson hybrid tea hidden away at the back of Jackson & Perkins' catalogue, would surprise a lot of people if it turned out to be better than J & P's outstanding red hybrid tea 'Veterans' Honor', introduced last year.
J & P is also offering the German breeder Tantau's 'Black Magic', a small, very dark red hybrid tea. A truly black rose is an impossibility-its petals would crumble as soon as exposed to the sunlight. 'Black Magic' is one of the deepest reds, and may be most effective when cut as an unfolding bud and used in floral arrangements indoors.
Because floribundas work so well planted en masse, a great floribunda can make a garden, and a poorly chosen one can have disastrous effects. 'Fabulous!', Jackson & Perkins' Floribunda of the Year, appears to fully deserve its exclamation point. A cross between 'Iceberg' and 'Sexy Rexy', its fluffy white blooms appear in large sprays. Like most descendants of 'Sexy Rexy', this rose benefits from prompt removal of spent blooms. Other new floribundas from J & P are the silvery-pink 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' and apricot-pink 'Summer Samba'.