Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
For delightful cut flowers you can count on All That Jazz rose and the Climbinb Blaze rose.
All That Jazz Rose
All That Jazz rose a wonderful rose for cut flowers. This is known for its exquisite blooms, which are a salmon-coral blend with some red. The petals are somewhat loosely arranged rather than being symmetrical. Up to six inches wide, these contain fifteen petals. They’re semi-double, and emerge in small sprays. Flowering freely, this is considered a classic among the modern roses. The blooms are richly scented.
This has deep green leaves. Recommended for zones five through nine, All That Jazz is very easy to grow. It reaches four to six feet in height. Originally introduced in 1991, this was bred by Jerry Twomey. It was named an All-American Rose Selections winner in 1992.
Climbing Blaze Rose
This variety makes a wonderful cut flower. The lightly scented, cup-like flowers bloom freely. These semi-double to double flowers are three inches wide. They’re a medium to blood red. With 25 petals, the blooms open on large clusters. These appear on both the new and old wood. They hold their color well, and appear on tall, sturdy stems. The flowers that open early in the season tend to be the largest of all. The plant blooms most heavily in the spring.
The shiny, medium green to deep green leaves are leathery. They have some resistance to disease but can get powdery mildew and some black spot.
Very versatile, the very vigorous plants are suitable for zones five through 11. The upright plants have canes that are seven to 14 feet in length. Very reliable and popular, this plant was released in 1932 by Kallay in Painesville, Ohio. Its parents were Gruss an Teplitz and Paul’s Scarlet Climber. Jackson and Perkins later released an improved clone that did bloom repeatedly though the original didn’t. \The newer version blooms from spring to fall.
One of the easiest roses to grow, it is a top performer. When it was first introduced it was considered to be the best all around climber.
In addition to the original large flowered climbing Blaze, there is also a Blaze Improved, which is a slightly larger plant and very free flowering.