Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
There are a number of wonderful award winning roses that make great cut flowers. These include Easy Does It.
Easy Does It Rose
This was the only rose selected as an All-America Rose Selections winner for 2010. This very free flowering variety blooms throughout the season. The edges of the petals are notched, which gives them a ruffled appearance. These lovely, fully double blooms are richly scented. The petals are arranged in beautiful swirls. They’re a gorgeous mix of different pastel shades, including
apricot, mango, and peach. Each bloom has around 25 to 30 petals. The flowers are up to 3˝ inches wide.
Suitable for all climates, this is a bushy, rounded plant that is medium in height, about three to four feet, with a matching spread. This vigorous plant is easy to grow. The foliage remains shiny and healthy as this plant is resistant to black spot.
The lineage of this rose includes Baby Love, Della Balfour, and Queen Charlotte. This is recommended for zones five through nine.
To be chosen as an All-America Rose Selections award, the variety must be relatively easy to grow and reliable bloomers. These are tested at over 20 trial gardens around the country for two years.
It is unusual for only one variety to be chosen for this prestigious award. This last happened in 1990, twenty years ago.
This was hybridized by Harkness New Roses of England. Harkness has had other award winning roses. They’re also the breeders of Livin’ Easy, which was named an All-America Rose Selections winner in 1996.
Easy Does It rose was rated superior in 15 of the categories used during the judging, Judges liked the fact it was easy to grow, disease resistant, and
When choosing roses for your cutting garden, you can’t go wrong with award winning varieties. Two varieties were named as All-America Rose Selections winners for 2011. For fans of yellow roses, the Sunshine rose is tops. This floribunda has spicy, yellow blooms that open to a clear shade of yellow. Over time, this changes to a lighter tone, which gives the blooms a bicolored effect. This disease resistant plant has very healthy, clean looking, deep green foliage. This was hybridized by Keith Zary of Jackson and Perkins.
Dick Clark Rose
Also named a 2011 rose winner by the All-America Rose Selections winner, this lovely grandiflora has rich looking blooms in a blend of deep red and pink with creamy edges. There are dark reddish-black in bud. This was hybridized by Tom Carruth and Christian Bedand of Week’s Roses. Each lovely bloom will be unique for no two of them will look identical.
Very easy to grow, this is a bushy, vigorous plant. One of its parents was Fourth of July. The stems are very long and perfect for cutting. As with all the other All-America Rose Selections (AARS), this bears the seal of approval, which is shaped like a rose.