Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Whether you grow your own roses in a cutting garden or as landscape plants, you won’t go wrong with award winning varieties. These are ideal for cut
Magic Show Rose
This lovely plant received a Gold Medal Award at the Pageant of Roses Garden, located at the Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier, California. This rose garden is the largest rose trial garden in the U.S. It opened in 1986, and covers over three acres.
Magic Show also was awarded a 2010 Award of Excellence by the American Rose Society.
Very free flowering, this was hybridized by rose breeder Frank Benardella. Magic Show has beautiful bicolored blooms that are two inches wide. Opening during the summer into the fall, these have petals with red along the edges and white on the reverse side. This plant has healthy, deep green foliage.
David Austin Award Winning Roses
During the 2010 growing season several of the David Austin rose varieties were favorites at the University of Georgia trial gardens in Athens. Lady Emma Hamilton was chosen as the first choice, while Charlotte ranked as number two.
Suitable for zones four through ten, this has beautiful blooms with a fruit-like fragrance. The plants reach about four feet in height with a slightly smaller spread. They’re round and bushy. This is available as a tree rose and regular rose bush.
Several colors can be seen in the blooms. The blossoms face upwards, and are beautifully double—shaped like a cup. Towards the edges of the flowers, the outer petals are scalloped, and tend to be lighter in color. They’re almost a pastel or white, and spread out to form a rim around the center petals. Very fully double, these have 100 petals.
A repeat bloomer, this was introduced in 1993. It can be grown in partial shade.
Lady Emma Hamilton
Hardy to zone five, this David Austin rose has fragrant blooms. The plants reach about four feet in height with a somewhat smaller spread. Several colors are present in the petals. These open from red buds.
Introduced in 2005, Lady Emma Hamilton is a bushy, upright plant. It isn’t recommended for humid climates, yet apparently it did well in Georgia, which would appear to be rather humid.
With a petal count of over 40, this free flowering variety is a repeat bloomer. It is especially noted for the fruity fragrance. As a matter of fact,
it received the fragrance prize during rose trials at Nantes, France. The medium sized blooms combine shades of yellow, tangerine, and orange. Beautifully double, the outer petals are scalloped. The stems are deep red. The color is similar to that seen in Talisman.
This can be grown in both partial shade and full sun. Both parents of this plant were seedlings.