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Colorful, Fragrant Roses (page 3 of 4)

by Peter Schneider

Arena Roses

Arena Roses introduces three more in its outstanding series of Generosa roses, bred by Guillot of France. 'Elaine Gillet' is a densely petaled white emerging from red buds. 'Jardin des Viels Maison' is a raspberry pink with open, cup-shaped form. And 'Mme Paul Massad' is a delightful buff apricot, a color that is very blendable both in the garden and in bouquets. The Generosas are inevitably compared to the Austin English roses. In my Ohio garden, the Generosas survive the winters better and offer a stronger repeat bloom. The Austins often have more perfectly intricate blooms, and appear over a wider color spectrum. It is unusual to encounter either a Generosa or an Austin that does not possess a memorable scent.

Also from Arena, several new members of Poulsen's Town & Country series. These Danish-bred roses provide reliable health and color on plants that range from ground-covers (such as the single-petaled white 'Tumbling Waters') to mounding shrubs (the stunning blood red 'Manhattan') to tall hedge-like plants (the coral pink 'Santa Barbara'). The boldly striped, free-blooming 'Nashville' is healthier than many striped roses prove to be, and the tiny, tuckable 'Pebble Beach' is the perfect pink rose for interplanting with perennials.

David Austin Roses

It's tough to make money growing and selling rose bushes, and most successful rose breeders supplement their incomes by selling naming rights to their creations. That's how we get names like 'Teasing Georgia', the petal-packed yellow shrub from David Austin, named for the wife of a German media personality. Austin is still two years away from getting his rose introductions synchronized on both sides of the Atlantic, and so 2001 represents another year of separate new English rose introductions from the Austin outlet in Texas and other authorized sources, such as Jackson & Perkins. Notable among the nine Austin introductions new to American commerce this year are 'Sophy's Rose', a smaller, quick-to-repeat cherry red; the twiggy, fragrant, plant-it-anywhere deep pink 'Portmeiron'; and 'Mary Magdalene', a soft apricot that succeeds in looking completely old-fashioned. Does Austin's new soft pink 'Anne Boleyn' suggest that we should leave room in our beds for five more wives of Henry VIII?

Nor'East Miniature Roses

Today most miniature roses are grown in pots and marketed as "throwaway" windowsill plants at supermarkets and discount stores. Many of these will do perfectly well if planted outdoors, but miniature roses bred especially for garden use will do even better. The 2001 award winners are 'Sun Sprinkles', a bright yellow AARS recipient from Jackson & Perkins, and the American Rose Society Award of Excellence winners 'Ruby', a perfectly formed red, and 'Michel Cholet', a rich apricot, both available from Nor'East Miniature Roses.

Whether you're looking for a quality new miniature, a stalwart landscaping floribunda or shrub, or an elegant hybrid tea, the Rose Class of 2001 is sure to offer a rose that's ready to graduate into your garden.

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