Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
By growing your own roses, you’ll have plenty of stems for cutting. Some of the new varieties are especially good for cutting gardens. Here are some recommended ones.
The Super Hero rose is a new disease resistant floribunda type. This is part of the Easy Elegance series of rose plants. These rose plants are sold with a two year guarantee.
The Easy Elegance roses are noted for their long blooming period. They’re suitable for most areas of the country, and are recommended for zone four through nine. Super Hero is a compact plant that reaches three to five feet in height. The classically shaped, medium red roses are up to three inches across with a petal count of 40 or so.
Jackson and Perkins has selected Sweetness as its Rose of the Year for 2009. Sweetness blossoms are noted for their sweet citrus-like scent. Being lavender, these blossoms offer a refreshing change from reds and pinks. This vigorous grandiflora rose is very disease resistant.
We’re getting ever closer to having a true blue rose. The closest yet is named Pacific Dream. The blooms have an entoxicating fragrance of lemon and violet. When the blooms first open they’re dark lilac purple. Over time, these will become slate blue. The plants reach about three feet in height. This is a disease resistant plant.
All of the new David Austin rose varieties for 2009 would be great for cutting gardens. I’m especially drawn to Claire Austin rose because of the pure white blooms. These blossoms are unbelievably full with about 120 petals. A repeat bloomer, this will yield lots of perfectly shaped flowers. These are very fragrant. As a shrub rose, the plants reach about 4½ feet in height.
Port Sunlight rose is another delightful new rose from David Austin. This has exquisite flowers in varying shades of apricot. Very full, these blossoms have around 90 petals. As the blossoms fully open, the outer petals tend to separate from the rest. The vigorous disease resistant plants are about five feet in height.
Lady of Megginch rose from David Austin has wonderfully scented blooms. Very full, these have around a hundred petals. When the buds initially unfurl, the petals are deep pink with hints of orange. They then become a dark rose pink.