Guest Author - Michelle Ullman
Choosing new roses for your garden can be overwhelming. Go to the nursery when the bare root roses arrive in late winter or early spring, and the choices will seem endless! With nothing to go by but the picture on the package, you might feel like itís impossible to know which roses are the best choices for your yard.
While the hardiness of roses varies by region, the following are all excellent rose bushes that provide pure, intense color, along with disease resistance and vigorous growth throughout most of the U.S.
Olympiad: This beautiful hybrid tea is a deep, velvety red, with large, full blooms. The long stems make it an excellent choice for cutting. Olympiad has good disease resistance, and is a vigorous grower. It is not strongly fragrant though.
Crimson Bouquet: A grandiflora, flowers cover Crimson Bouquet through most of the season. Blooms are large and beautifully shaped. The flowers grow in large clusters, allowing you to fill a vase to enjoy indoors, while still leaving the bush covered in blooms. Crimson Bouquet has a sweet fragrance, and is disease resistant.
Queen Elizabeth: Itís hard to match the splendor of Queen Elizabeth in your rose garden. This tall grandiflora can reach nearly 8 feet high, and the pure pink blossoms are showstoppers. With its wonderful scent, disease resistance and vigorous growing habit, this is the rose to choose if you love pink.
Timeless: Timeless makes up for the lack of fragrance by producing seemingly endless deep pink flowers with perfect, full flowers. It is a fairly small rosebush, but vigorous and disease resistant. It performs best in areas that do not have extremely hot summers.
Shining Hour: Large, medium yellow flowers grace this grandiflora rosebush. They are good for cutting, and lightly fragrant. Shining Hour is disease resistant, and the yellow remains true even through hot weather.
Midas Touch: The bright flowers hold their color well even in hot weather, and are an intense, radiant yellow that will shine across your yard. Midas Touch is a hybrid tea with good disease resistance, but little fragrance.
Honor: Pure, creamy white flowers with perfect form will look stunning in a vase, and just as fantastic on the bush in your garden. Honor has very large flowers, and is disease resistant, but is at its best in cooler weather. This hybrid tea has little fragrance.
Pope John Paul II: One of the best white roses, Pope John Paul II is a hybrid tea with strongly fragrant, pure white flowers. It has good disease resistance, and vigorous growth. The white flowers will glow from across your yard, and are a beautiful addition to any garden.
Candelabra: This outstanding grandiflora is absolutely covered in coral orange flowers throughout its growing season. The bush is large and spreading, with healthy, disease resistant foliage. The sweet fragrance is not strong, but the beauty of this rose bush more than makes up for the lack of fragrance.
Loverís Meeting: Clusters of pure, shining orange blossoms grace this beautiful hybrid tea. They make good cut flowers, and have slight fragrance. Loverís Meeting is disease resistant and hardy.