Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
When selecting rose plants for the cutting garden, the regional award winners are an excellent choice. These outshone all other varieties in rose trial gardens. They’re selected by the All-America Rose Selections as regional varieties for the Southeast and Northwest.
Belinda’s Dream Rose-Regional Winner for the Southeast
This was listed in the 2010 Witherspoon catalog. Released in 1988, this disease resistant variety is upright with a bushy growth habit. The plants reach four feet in height. The plants have deep, green, shiny, healthy foliage. Quite tolerant of heat, this plant requires no spraying. It doesn’t mind high humidity. Unlike some rose varieties, this really needs high night time temperatures in order for the flowers to look their best.
These are beautiful classically shaped double blooms in a gorgeous shade of medium pink. The flowers are so fully double that they contain up to 100 petals. These flowers are up to five inches across with a light fruity scent.
This plant was hybridized by Basye. Its parents included Tiffany and Jersey Beauty.
Gemini Rose-A Northwest Regional Rose Pick
This rose plant was named as a regional rose pick by the All-America Rose Selections. This lovely hybrid tea was introduced in 2000. Keith Zary hybridized this plant. This was named an All-America Rose Selections in 2000. For those fans of beautiful, fully double pink blends, roses don’t come any better than this. These are up to seven inches across, and are lightly scented. Each flower can look slightly different in color. They combine coral pink with white. These are classically shaped flowers with the petals forming a tight cluster in the center. As the blooms age, the color becomes even more vivid. These have 30 petals or so. They’re up to five inches wide.
This regional rose winner has large, pointed buds that open on long stems, 1˝ feet in length. The deep green leaves are very healthy and clean. The medium to tall, upright plants can reach five to six feet in height. Easy to grow, this is strong and vigorous. Suited to zones six through 11, this received the American Rose Society David Fuerstenberg Award two years later. In 2003 it was named an American Rose Society members’ choice. The parentage of this plant included New Year and Anne Morrow Lindberg.