Arctic Blue and Blue Girl Roses

Arctic Blue and Blue Girl Roses
While blue roses are available as of yet, the purplish and lavender flowered ones are an alternative. Arctic Blue and Blue Girl feature lovely blooms in novel shades.

Arctic Blue Floribunda Rose

This highly disease resistant rose is a relatively new introduction. Released in 2019, the plant reaches two to four feet in height. It is recommended for zones four through ten.

The plant was hybridized by Christian Bedard. This variety can be trained as a shrub or as a tree rose. It grows from four to five feet in height with a spread of three to four feet.

Arctic Blue rose will tolerate some shade. This is a very floriferous variety with flowering occurring from late spring into the fall. The non-fading, spiral shaped blossoms are double and very full with a petal count of thirty-five to forty.

As with most roses that include the word blue in their name, this isn’t a true blue rose. In fact, most blue roses are truly in the purple to lavender range.

Arctic Blue roses can be lavender-blue, lilac-pink, or pinkish mauve. The reverse can be cream or white.

These fully double, ruffled blooms open in clusters and make a great cur flower. They feature a very sweet, fruity scent.

Blue Girl Hybrid Tea Rose

Blue Girl rose is an award winning variety and received the Rome Gold Medal. Released in 1964, this was bred in Germany by Reimer Kordes.

This disease resistant rose was introduced to the United Kingdom by Wheatcroft. The relatively medium to tall, bushy, upright rose ranges from two to five feet in height with a three to four foot spread.

It is recommended for zones four through ten. This rose can be grown in containers. Although the plant is usually disease resistant, it has sometimes been susceptible to black spot.

Blue Girl rose is a very free flowering variety, and is considered a repeat bloomer. In fact, flowering occurs continuously throughout the summer and fall. The blossoms open on new wood.

The light scent is a combination of lilac and rose. The large roses are up to 5½ inches wide. In cool weather, these roses are the best size and form. They’re very full and double with a thirty to forty petal count.

Due to the strong, long stems, these are ideal for cut flowers. Despite being called Blue Girl rose, these roses are generally an exquisite, silvery lilac-lavender, lavender-silver, lavender-blue, or mauve.

Yet, Blue Girl rose is considered a great improvement over the older lavender colored roses.

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