‘Top Ten’ Roses for 2020

Rose shopping time! January is a good time to start ordering your roses from the spring rose catalogs online or that you receive in the mail. In CA, you can see below that the Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society started pruning their roses the week of December 30th already! Remember when you order from the online rose sellers they will ship your roses based on your USDA plant hardiness zone. You can look up your plant hardiness zone at www.plantmaps.com. Enter your zip code and the chart assists you in determining the safest date to plant your roses after the last ‘killing frost.’

Goose Girl in Snow
Goose Girl in Snow

The Plan

My new plan has been very simple. There are new and better roses bred and on the market each year. Many new roses are sustainable, easy care, and disease resistant. Some are introducing new exciting and blended colors. So through attrition I will be replacing lost roses with the new & better roses each year until I have an entirely sustainable rose garden. What I am most excited about being in Illinois zone 6a-b is winter resistance because roses are a big investment of the heart, time & money.

Here in Santa Clarita, California, we started pruning our roses this week even though the weather is very cold (but not…

Posted by Santa Clarita Valley Rose Society on Monday, December 30, 2019

What Makes A Great Rose

  • Minimal Care
  • Disease resistance
  • Healthy beautiful foliage
  • Fragrance
  • Winter hardy
  • Color – no fade

‘Savannah’

‘Savannah’ winner of Biltmore Rose Trials

A very hardy and disease-resistant, salmon, hybrid tea rose with extraordinary fragrance. This compact bush produces numerous, single, very double blooms. Foliage is abundant and dark green. Bred by Kordes Roses it’s the winner of the Biltmore Rose Trials

‘Oso Easy Double Red’

‘Oso Easy Double Red’ bred by Alain Meilland of Meilland International

OSO EASY DOUBLE RED®
Highly disease resistant. Floriferous, easy-growing, and with an abundance of bright red, doubled blooms, Oso Easy Double Red® is a favorite among growers and gardeners alike. This seedling from Double Knock Out® maintains a nice rounded habit and has excellent disease resistance. Bred by Meilland Roses it’s a winner in ever way, available by Proven Winners! See my video on Gaga’s Garden Facebook Page at this link:

'DOUBLE RED' ROSE IS A DOUBLE HIT

This is Oso Easy 'Double Red' by Meilland International Alain Meillan, Matthias Meilland Father has created a rose that is absolutely heavenly. #MeillandRoses #DoubleRed

Posted by Gagas Garden on Friday, June 7, 2019

‘Earth Song’

‘Earth Song’ Buck Rose !975

Earth Song Grandiflora (Buck, 1975). A gorgeous rose with cupped deep pink blossoms and leathery green foliage. Dr Buck bred roses to withstand the extremes of Iowa’s frigid winters and broiling summers. Earth Song is a reliable performer in any garden, reaching a height of 6 feet and blooming all summer. You will love this rose.

‘Frida Kahlo’

‘Krida Kahlo’ “I Paint Flowers So They Will Not Die’

“I paint flowers so they will not die” Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo once said “I paint flowers so they will not die.” Like the roses she immortalized Frida Kahlo is a lively and colorful reminder of her enduring spirit. The scarlet red and gold striped flowers of ‘Frida Kahlo’ are one of a kind in the rose world.
The ‘Frida Kahlo’ rose bred by Christian Bedard is a swirl of colors that intensifies as the flowers age, adding a red blush as the final touch. Like any painting needs a good stand, the flowers are set in small clusters on a healthy disease resistant plant with clean glossy leaves. This rose is a magnificent plant.

‘Easy Spirit’

‘Easy Spirit’ Spray, creamy beautiful disease resistant non-stop bloomer

Easy Spirit™ Classy white large flowers with a cream base. The upright compact plant with clean glossy green foliage is the ideal backdrop to the non-burning & long-lasting cream flowers. Very disease resistant and long lasting with a quick bloom repeat cycle. Whether you’ve liked white roses in the past you can’t help but love this ever-blooming fragrant beauty as it lights up every garden with its continuous blooming.

‘Cape Diamond’

‘Cape Diamond’ among the most disease resistant rose there is blooming after the rains

Old-fashioned pure-pink flowers exude a sweet spicy perfume. Lots of rugosa-like grey-green foliage provides the perfect contrast for this showy bloomer. The vigorous plant can be grown as a large spreading shrub or eventually trained as a climber. Bred in Canada & proven perfectly adapted for harsh winter. One of the most disease resistant roses in the rose world period. Sustainable to zone 3 (Canada), fragrant, winter hardy, the perfect rose.

‘Top Gun’

‘Top Gun’ In Gaga’s Garden | Resistant To Rose Rosette Disease Bred by Tom Carruth Roses

The Best of the Best. ‘Top Gun’ has proven RESISTANCE’ to major rose diseases. Just this fact alone makes this rose a good for the landscape. With the added resistance to Rose Rosette Disease, it’s truly the Best of the Best. In multiple years of trials throughout the Eastern United States, Top Gun came out standing proud untouched by Rose Rosette where most other varieties showed symptoms of infection. The top-ranked variety is also a high performer when it comes to bloom production. The rounded bushy well-behaved plant produces vigorous stems ending with clusters of long-lasting dark red flowers.

‘Francis Meilland’

‘Francis Meilland’ In The Garden

‘Francis Meilland’ won the Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Best Hybrid Tea in 2015. Description. ‘Francis Meilland’ is a tall upright Hybrid tea rose, 5 to 7 ft (150-210 cm) in height with a 2 to 3 ft (60-91 cm) spread. … The rose has a strong, citrus fragrance, and can bloom in flushes from spring through fall. ‘Francis Meilland’ is a disease resistant plant with dark, semi-glossy green foliage.

‘Miracle On The Hudson’

‘Miracle On The Hudson’ Wins Three Categories at 2014 Biltmore International Rose Trials International

Winner of ‘Best of Show’ of the 2014 Biltmore Rose Trials, named for the famed flight rescued by Captain Sully Sullenberger on the Hudson River; this rose was bred by Robert Neal Rippetoe. It swept the 2014 Biltmore Rose Trials also winning ‘Best Shrub’, & ‘Best Oversll’ category. It’s a wonderful landscape rose. Showy & floriferous you will love it!

‘Easy On The Eyes’

'Easy On The Eyes'
‘Easy On The Eyes’ is part of the Weeks Roses Easy To Love® Collection

Easy on the Eyes ™ … Hulthemia shrub Rose new entry in the “Easy to Love” collection from Weeks Roses, Easy on the Eyes features blossoms of medium pink with a purple heart and cream reverse that fade to lavender with a deep smoky purple eye. This rose is divine.

Roses To Fall In Love With Hulthemias

'Easy On The Eyes'
‘Easy On The Eyes’ is part of the Weeks Roses Easy To Love® Collection

What Is A Hulthemia Rose?

Taxonomists A. Rehder to accommodate Wild Roses divided Genus Rosa into four subgenera; three very small and anomalous, namely ‘Hulthemia’, Hesperrhodos and Platyrhodon and one major Eurosa containing roses proper (see illustration). As much as this sounds a bit like dinosaur names ‘Duckbill Platypus’ and others, it’s simply a way to classify and detail Plantae vs. Genus Rosa species.

Hulthemias

According to Luis T. Desarmo’s book Principals Of Exhibiting & Judging Roses An Illustrated Approach” the Hulthemia “subgenera was subsequently disqualified from belonging to the rose family because of its solitary leaves attached to the stem rather than the compound structure of all other rose leaf sets (mainly 3,5,7,9, etc.) Classified now as a shrub the roses we see now coming from this sub-class are perfectly suited for landscape roses and minimal care rose gardens. If you like the beauty and originality of the look of the ‘Hulthemias’ rose breeder Jim Sproul has been posting incredible results that he’s getting with his ‘Hulthemia’ seedlings.

Eurosa

The difference in Eurosa versus Hulthemias is that they have smooth hips, and are divided in ten sections, three can be regarded as very small and of little importance as far as the garden is concerned. Chromosome count in the cell nucleus provides a major a principal subdivision:

  • Diploids | Wild Roses | 14 chromosomes: 2 sets of 7
  • Tetraploids | Roses | 28 chromosomes | 4 sets of 7
  • Hexaploid | Roses | 42 chromosomes | 6 sets of 7
  • Octaploid | Roses | 56 chromosomes 8 sets of 7 (only a few have 8)
  • Triploids | Pentaloids | are odd-numbered sets of chromosomes | lack fertility and don’t survive in nature.

No-Spray Roses

Matthias Meilland

Matthais Meilland Recently Commented on his Team’s presentation in China about no-spray roses

Promoting zero spray roses in China. No pesticide, no fungicide roses but with great blooming from spring to frost are key to the future of the rose market. Well done team !! Matthias Meilland

‘Easy On The Eyes’ Shrub In Bloom

To Show A 'Easy On The Eyes' Shrub In Bloom
‘Easy On The Eyes’ Shrub In Bloom

Description of ‘Easy On The Eyes’

Decades of hybridizing to enlarge the magenta purple eye to its current size has resulted in an extremely novel color combination with the lavender pink flower coloration. It’s floriferous, disease resistant, lovely dark green foliage and has a citrus like spicy fragrance. It’s a medium size round shaped bush and it’s just a lovely addition to the garden setting or could be planted alone. It was hybridized by Tom Carruth.

This image gives you a close-up view of details of the 'Eye' of 'Easy On The Eyes'
‘Easy On The Eyes’ Individual Flower

This image gives you a close-up view of details of the ‘Eye’ of ‘Easy On The Eyes’

‘In Your Eyes’

‘In Your Eyes’

‘In Your Eyes’ Description

Christian Bedard created this cross from a shrubrose and a Persian hulthemia. Once considered its own genus as described above, the Persian Rose is a tough desert rose native with a distinctivehalo around the center of the bloom, a characteristic passed on to ‘In Your Eyes’. It’s diamond tough, disease resistant and wildly prolific. It blooms in big clusters of pastel shades. The flowers start out cream-yellow with a red eye and matures to lavendar with a putple eyebut as eash bloom appears the clusters become multi-coloredfrom spring to fall.

  • 6-8 feet tall
  • Hardiness zone 5-9
  • Flowering Dates Late Spring through Fall
  • Winter Care mulch around the base
  • Flower color red, yellow, purple, pink
  • Pruning, prune to preferred shape
‘In Your Eyes’
‘In Your Eyes’ Changing Color
'In Your Eyes' Heart Shaped Bloom
‘In Your Eyes’ Heart Shaped Bloom
‘Easy On The Eyes’ Cluster

Why Hulthemias?

So Why Hulthemias? Because they are the optional no-spray minimal care rose. Many of my rosarian friends may argue that I started out this article saying that in fact they aren’t a rose. Perhaps, but Hulthemias provide an beautiful option for the gardener who is looking for absolutely minimal care, color, fragrance disease resistance and best of all no-spray.

Hulthemias Are Growing On Me

And they can grow on you too, give one or two a try. I think shrubs are happiest in threes. Happy Rose Growing.

‘Top Ten’ September Rose Blooms

Fall can produce a spectacular rose bloom. The secret: water, fertilizer, sun. In Central Illinois this summer saw lots of rain that’s now producing a lush floriferous bloom. Due to excessive rain the blooms are big and beautiful. Enjoy the rotogravure of the first of the September bloom.

Rotogravure of Roses

‘Children’s Hope’

‘Children’s Hope’
'Childrens' Hope'

Weeks Roses donates a portion of each sale to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. This is an adorable prolific, floriferous bloomer.

‘Stormy Weather’

‘Stormy Weather’ Large Flowered Climber
'Stormy Weather' Against a backdrop of Blue Skies and Fluffy Clouds

‘Stormy Weather’ continues to darken as temperatures dip later in September.

‘Moondance’

‘Moondance’ Fully Open

‘Easy On The Eyes’ Hulthemia Shrub

‘Easy On The Eyes’ Truly ‘Easy On The Eyes’

‘Savannah’

‘Savannah’ winner of Biltmore Rose Trials

‘Savannah’ awarded Best In Show of the Biltmore Rose Trials in the rose garden.

‘Francis Meilland’ Lucky ‘7’ Blooms

Francis Meilland’ Lucky 7 Blooms

‘Francis Meilland’ was awarded ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ at Biltmore Rose Trials in 2015.

‘Hot Cocoa’

‘Hot Cocoa’ Warms Up Cool Evenings

‘Moondance’

‘Moondance’

‘Fragrant Cloud’

‘Fragrant Cloud’

‘South Africa’ Sunbelt by Kordes Roses

South Africa Sunbelt by Kordes Roses

Top Ten New Roses

#1 ‘Frida Kahlo’

The garden named for ‘Frida Kahlo’ at Casa Azul in Mexico City is flourishing 20 years after Mexico’s world acclaimed painter once said, “I paint flowers so they will not die.” This lively, colorful scarlet and red gold striped flower of a one of a kind rose reminds us of her enduring spirit. The swirls of color continue to intensify from bud to fully open rose. The striking vibrancy of the clusters are set on a healthy, naturally disease resistant plant covered in beautiful dark green, glossy foliage making this easily a number one pick for number one of the new roses in the floribunda category.

“I paint flowers so they will not die” ~ Mexico’s World Acclaimed Painter Frida Kahlo
‘Krida Kahlo’ bred by Christian Bedárd & Tom Carruth – 2018

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was a Mexican artist inspired by nature and artifacts of Mexico & the country’s pop culture. She used a folk art style to explore culture and native identities.

#2 ‘Easy Spirit’

'Easy Spirit' Floribunda Rose Will Lift Your Spirit

'Easy Spirit' hybridized by Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses, Cover Girl of the 2018 #WeeksRoses Catalog is: >Non-burning>Disease resistant>Fragrant>Long Lasting #GardenLegends #video #videos #bestroses

Posted by Garden Legends on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘Easy Spirit’, new to Weeks RosesEasy To Love’ Collection 2018, bred by Tom Carruth Roses, a Garden Legend, now Curator of The Huntington. ‘Easy Spirit’ is a floribunda that blooms with almost full size roses, naturally disease resistant, fragrant, & floriferous. Even if you think you aren’t that fond of white roses you’ll love this white with a cream base rose.

# 3 ‘Easy To Please’

‘Easy To Please’ | Easy To Love Collection from Weeks Roses

‘Easy To Please’ from the Weeks Roses Easy To Love® Collection disease resistance surpasses many of the landscape shrubs, & this super flowerful rose is fragrant as well, making perfect foliage a big plus on top of all the extras.

#4 ‘Francis Meilland’ HT

Review of 'Francis Meilland' Rose, Recipient of Biltmore 'Best…

Review of 'Francis Meilland' Awarded 'Best Hybrid Tea' Rose at the Biltmore International #BiltmoreRoseTrials , May 2015. World Federation of Rose Societies Flowers & Roses Kerrie Rosenthal Biltmore

Posted by Gagas Garden on Sunday, June 5, 2016
Review of ‘Francis Meilland’ Hybrid Tea Rose Winner of #BiltmoreRoseTrials #BestHybridTea

‘Francis Meilland’ winner of the 2015 Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ and is very fragrant as well as disease resistant.

#5 ‘Savannah’ HT

'Savannah' Rose

'Savannah' Rose, Winner of 'Best Overall Rose' of the #BiltmoreRoseTrials that I bought as a container rose bush from Jackson & Perkins grows from a tiny potted rose to a beautiful full grown rose in Gaga's Garden.

Posted by Gagas Garden on Friday, May 31, 2019
‘Savannah’ Winner of Biltmore Rose Trials

‘Savannah’ bred by Kordes Roses, winner of the ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ at The Biltmore Rose Trials is a rose you will cherish in your garden

#6 ‘Princess Charlene de Monaco’ HT

‘Princesse Charlene De Monaco’ Wins # Categories at The Biltmore Rose Trials

In addition to winning the ‘Best In Show’ award; ‘Princess Charlene De Monaco won the Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for ‘Most Fragrant Rose’ and the Pauline Merrell Award for ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ at the prestigious International Biltmore Rose Trials.

#7 ‘Highwire Flyer

‘Highwire Flyer’ (Radwire) Bred by William Radler creator of the Knock Out® Rose

‘Highwire Flyer’ bred by the infamous Will Radler won “Best Climber’ for ‘Highwire Climber at the Biltmore Rose Trials for his magnificent creation, ‘Highwire Flyer’. Walking the event with the Jackson & Perkins execs I had predicted his rose would win to them for fun before the winners were announced, it was just that an amazing of a rose!

#8 ‘Party Hardy

‘Party Hardy’ bred by Christian Bedard

Created in Canada to survive zone 3 this ‘Party Hardy’ is the most amazing rose you can imagine. Winter hardy, disease resistant, fragrant, prune it like a shrub or let it grow like a climber it’s a winner either way.

#9 ‘Cape Diamond’

‘Cape Diamond’ bred by Christian Bedard in 2009

I’ll sing this roses praises from the roof tops. It’s one of the most disease resistant roses in the world, guaranteed free of: blackspot, powdery mildew, rust, downey mildew guaranteed

#10 ‘Oso Easy Double Red’

‘Proven Winners ‘Oso Easy Double Red’ by Alain Meilland

‘Oso Easy® Double Red’, bred by Alain Meilland of France, was evaluated under the harshest of conditions among 1000’s of rose plants until one was selected that lived up to the high standards for ultimate inclusion in the Proven Winners-Color Choice Line

This is my pick for the ‘Top Ten New Roses’. I listed 3 floribunda roses, 3 hybrid tea roses and two climbers, one that you can prune as a shrub if you choose to and the last but not least ‘Oso Easy Double Red’ is a shrub. I contemplated listing ‘Miracle On The Hudson’ because it is a sensational shrub however it’s a little bit more difficult for the consumer to locate. Keep that in mind though “Miracle On The Hudson’ is a spectacular rose and it is my choice for the next list. I once had a mentor tell me people think in threes so choose three of these roses and you have a rose garden. Pick your color scheme, choose three of these roses and you won’t go wrong. I guarantee that you will be successful with any or all of these roses. Happy Rose Growing.

Top Ten Classic Roses

Floribunda Rose Garden In Bloom | Rapid Bloom Cycle | Profusion of Showy Blooms

Rose breeders create new and better roses every year. Yet often rose sellers say gardeners seek roses they know and love. Why is that? It’s like comfort food for the soul. Roses and their fragrance can bring back memories of happy times spent with our family in their gardens. Gatherings like picnics, and cook-outs in a yard filled with roses and loved ones collecting memories that now grown gardeners want to re-create for their family and loved ones. Classic roses were a part of our childhood. This article is dedicated to the roses we cherish that are a part of the fabric of Rose Garden’s around the world. There are so many new and wonderful roses and I write about them and feature them here and on my Facebook pages but today we’re honoring the ‘Top Ten Classic Roses’.*

Surprise! I did not know 6 of my ‘Top Ten Classic Roses’ are inductees into the World Federation of Rose Society’s ‘Hall of Fame’.

#1 ‘Double Delight’

‘Seeing Double’ |’Double Delight’, taken at dusk in Gaga’s Garden.

‘Delighting Rose Lovers Since 1977

‘Double Delight was created by Swim in 1977 and is still rated 8.3 by the American Rose Society’s Handbook for Selecting Roses. ‘Double Delight’ was inducted in the World Federation of Rose Society (WFRS) ‘Hall of Fame’ in 1985. Everyone, bar none loves this rose. What is important when buying this rose is to locate a very good plant to begin with. That means to have three or more healthy canes on your rose bush when you buy it.

‘Double Delight’ at Dusk is breathtaking in this photo I captured with my macro lens.

#2 ‘Queen Elizabeth’

‘Queen Elizabeth’ Name ‘Best Established Rose’ at the Biltmore Rose Trials in 2016
Greeting Queen Elizabeth at Chelsea 2016 on her 90th birthday

‘Queen Elizabeth’ whose name sake was Queen Elizabeth herself was named the Award of Excellence ‘Best Established Rose’ at the International Biltmore Rose Trials in 2015. Bred in 1955, it was inducted into the WFRS in 1979.

#3 ‘Peace’

'Peace' The most popular rose in the world | A photo by Mr. Rich Baer
‘Peace’ The most popular rose in the world | A photo by Mr. Rich Baer |
Rich Baer's Photo of the 'Peace' Rose

‘Peace’ Forever Stamp with Rich Baer of the Portland Rose Society’s photo featured.

‘Peace’, was bred by Francis Meilland of Meilland International SA from 1935-1939, a family owned rose-growing business since 1850 located in Le Luc-en-Provence, France. For six generations Meilland Int., has created some of the best and most famous roses in the world selling and distributing over 8 million rose plants a year. More ‘Peace’ roses have sold than any other rose in the world. It’s estimated that by 1992 over 100 million of ‘Peace’ HT had been sold. Many think this is a low estimate.

‘Peace’ Forever Stamp by Rich Baer

April 21, 2018 the United States Postal Service issued the ‘Peace’ Rose forever stamp using Rich Baer’s photograph of the ‘Peace’ Rose.

#4 ‘Uncle Joe

'Uncle Joe' is as 'Big As The Broad Side of A Barn!

‘Uncle Joe’ Is as “Big As A Barn”

‘Uncle Joe’s claim to fame is the hybrid tea known for having the most petals. This hefty rose can have from 85-100 petals. Originally named ‘Toro’, if you see it by that name you can safely bet it’s ‘Uncle Joe’.

#5 ‘Moonstone’

'Moonstone'
‘Moonstone’ magnificent hybrid tea | Yes this is one rose bush!
Gaga's Garden Roses 2015 Calendar Cover 'Moonstone'

‘Moonstone’ was on the cover of the calendar that I created in 2015. One ‘Moonstone rose bush in the summer of 2014 had 36 full size roses blooming at one time. A hybrid tea bred by Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses in 1999 every rose that blooms is perfect form.

#6 ‘Fragrant Cloud’

‘Fragrant Cloud’ | Known To Have The Most Fragrance of Any Rose
Fragrant Cloud

‘Fragrant Cloud’ was my mother’s favorite rose. As long as I am able to have a rose garden ‘Fragrant Cloud’ will have a home in my rose garden. Did you know ‘Fragrant Cloud’ is in the parantage of ‘Dolly Parton’? After looking at her you’ll say, ‘Of Course!’ I see the family resemblance! ‘Fragrant Cloud’ was inducted in the WFRS in 1981!

#7 ‘Double KnockOut®

‘Double Knock Out® Roses

The Knock Out® Rose is the rose that changed the landscape of the world. It was a glorious change to see roses everywhere when the Knock Out® rose became part of the landscape designers option. The Will Radler’s Knock Out® rose was inducted into the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS) Hall of Fame in 2018. I wrote an interview of Dr. Tommy Cairns about the Knock Out Rose and it’s role in the world of roses you can read it by clicking this link. The Evolution of The Knock Out Rose, A Talk With Dr. Tommy Cairns

#8 Iceberg

Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses 'Iceberg', 'Blastoff'
Texas Front Rose Walk of Roses ‘Iceberg’, ‘Blastoff’

Iceberg‘ a Kordes Rose bred in 1958, inducted into the WFRS in 1983, makes a perfect disease resistant vigorous and floriferous landscape floribunda planting.

#9 Sunsprite

‘Sunsprite’ In Gaga’s Garden
'Sunsprite' Blooming on Labor Day Week-End

Sunsprite, a Kordes rose bred in 1977 blooming in the floribunda garden. Naturally disease resistant, floriferous, & fragrant makes it a natural on the list of ‘Top Ten Classic Roses’.

#10 ‘Mr. Lincoln’

Mr. Lincoln photo Tommy Cairns
Mr. Lincoln photo Tommy Cairns
Mr. Lincoln in Full Bloom

Mr. Lincoln‘ bred by Swim & Weeks in 1964 and introduced in the U.S by Star Roses and Plants in 1965, now owned by Ball Horticultural . The rest is history. Just about everyone wants a ‘Mr. Lincoln’, they are easy to find and fairly easy to grow.

*The roses are in no particular order, I listed them as they came to mind. ‘Peace’ by Meilland International would have probably been ranked as number one based on the ‘world’s favorite rose’ and the world’s most popular and highest selling rose. ‘Top Ten Best New Roses’ next.