‘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.

‘Deanna Krause’ Rose debuts as Calendar Girl 2020

My photo of ‘Deanna Krause’ bred by Ray Ponton introduced by Antique Rose Emporium in 2005 given to me to grow in my garden by Dr. David Zlesak

“He who would have beautiful roses in his garden must first have beautiful roses in his heart” Rev. Dean Hole !870

American Rose Society 2020 Calendar

American Rose Society Calendars make perfect Christmas gifts for doctors’ offices, school teachers, the mail carrier or anyone that loves a calendar. I give calendars to the my physician’s assistant, the doctor and the list keeps growing. Everyone runs their lives on their phone now but families need a physical calendar for them to plan things together. A hard copy of a calendar in a central location in the home or office can be a clearing house for the group to announce where members will be. And if we are going to put up a calendar let it be beautiful. Here’s my rose photo that is featured in the American Rose Society Calendar. This year It’s ‘Deanna Krause’. Last year I forgot to submit any photos, and my doctor’s office was a little disappointed but I still bought the calendar and they hung it up!

‘Deanna Krause’ Beautiful Gentle Striations
Doctor’s office with 2019 Calendar Beautiful Sara

Gorgeous Trail Of ‘Deanna Krause’

‘Deanna Krause’ Ribbon of Beauty

Who Is ‘Deanna Krause’

Deanna Krause is a member of the largest, most impressive rose society in the United States, the Houston Rose Society. The President of the Society is Renee Cummins who maintains a 5 star Facebook Rating by her professionalism and outstanding response to people. It is also home of the famous Texas Rose Rustlers of whom ‘Deanna Krause’ and Ray Ponton rose breeder is a member. Ray bred this rose and named it for member Texas Rose Rustler member ‘Deanna Krause’. It’s a hardy rose that is self sustaining. Dr. David Zlesak of Minneapolis sent to me. I did a search and it’s for sale at ‘Deanna Krause’ Antique Rose Emporium. Brenham, Texas. I planted it as a tiny wisp and it just took of. I love to have roses with a story named for real members that do so much for roses.

‘Deanna Krause’ Color Variations
“More Color Variations’ ‘Deanna Krause’

My ‘Ingrid Bergman’ American Rose Society Calendar 2015 November Page

‘Ingrid Bergman’ Calendar Girl Rose

The next posting I will enter all the roses I have had in the American Rose Society Calendar but I wanted to pay tribute to ‘Deanna Krause’ and close with ‘Ingrid Bergman’ since she was Ms. November a few years ago. So get your calendars and give them away as gifts but don’t forget to keep one for your bulletin board. Warm Wishes and be sure to get enough calendars that you have one for your self.

The Biltmore Rose Trials by Paul Zimmerman Sat. 09/28/19

'Pookah' Polyantha and 'Bejazzo' Climber Winners of Biltmore Rose Trials
Paul Zimmerman | Author of Everyday Roses

Paul Zimmerman Rosarian Extraordinaire, Creator of The Biltmore Rose Trials

Paul Zimmerman lives a life gardeners and rose lovers dream of. He is owner of Paul Zimmerman roses, a company dedicated to Budding the Rose Grower In All Of Us. His credentials include a veritable who’s who in the rose world, among them Dr. Thomas Cairns, past president of both the American Rose Society and World Federation of Rose Societies, Steve Jones, former president of The American Rose Society who introduced him to Old Garden Roses, Bob Edberg of Linberlost Roses and Rose Books. He writes award-winning articles for The Rose, the National Magazine and Annual of the American Rose Society.

'Honorine' at The Biltmore Last Year
‘Honorine’ at The Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Garden

Biltmore Conservatory & Walled Rose Garden

Paul an independent consultant to Jackson & Perkins lectures internationally and serves as an international juror for numerous rose trials. While attending school at UT Austin studying Aerospace Engineering he quickly realized rocket science was not for him and did the next logical thing, he enrolled in clown school, The Dell Arte School of Mime & Comedy in Northern California. He actually toured the country for 15 years doing stand-up comedy where he met his current fiance, Pam.

Judging The Gardens

Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge
Phillip Watson of QVC #BiltmoreRoseTrials Rose Judge

After becoming an ABC TV show head writer for 2 years Paul decided to return to his first love, gardening and roses. Currently he and Pam live on a 27 acre horse farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I had the pleasure to talk with him about how he created the Biltmore Rose Trials that I will be attending as a rose judge next week-end, September 27-29th at the Biltmore Rose Garden in Ashville, NC.

A Heritage Rich In Blooms

Paul’s first Love Is the Beautiful Daffodil First To Bloom In The Spring

Q. Paul, you mentioned you are a first generation American of Dutch parents. One cannot think of Holland without thinking of tulips. Is this part of your heritage? Tell us about yourself and how you came to love roses and be in this business.

One of Paul’s First Roses: ‘Olympiad’

Olympiad, photo Weeks Roses
Olympiad’, photo Weeks Roses

A. While my family has always loved gardening, there is no tradition of anyone being in the horticultural industry. While we love tulips and have planted many on our farm, our main bulb planting has been over 2000 daffodil bulbs that come back year after year. My wife’s heritage is British and she loves daffodils.

‘Alexandria of Kent’ English Roses Example of Pauls First Roses

'Princess Alexandra of Kent'
‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ by #DavidAustinRoses an #EnglishRoses extraordinaire named for the cousin of Queen Elizabeth II Princess Alexandra who loves and maintains a rose garden. #PrincessAlexandraofKent

A. I’ve always loved gardening and in fact had a little lawn care business when I was growing up in Miami, Florida. In the early 1990s I was looking for a career change and took some time off to decide what that should be. I began gardening again and bought three roses, Pristine, Crystalline and Olympiad. After that I bought some David Austin Roses and then some Old Garden Roses. I joined a rose society and then was instrumental in creating a new one – The Tinseltown Rose Society. I was the first Vice President and later President. One day I was helping a member prune their roses when a neighbor walked up and asked me what I would charge to prune their roses. From that came my company Hundred Acre Woods Rosescaping, which grew to four employees caring for over 60 rose gardens in the Los Angeles area. I sold that company when my wife and I moved from Los Angeles to our farm in upstate South Carolina.

Biltmore Rose Trial Winner Polar Express

Spray of 'Polar Express™ Sunbelt®'
Spray of ‘Polar Express™ Sunbelt®’ Rose Arborose® Collection shot taken of winning shrub Sunday, September 26, 2016 Sunbelt®’

Q. As former owner of Ashdown Roses tell us how you came to be a consultant to the Biltmore Estate Rose Gardens.

A. Ashdown Roses occasionally supplied roses and advice to the Biltmore Rose Garden starting in 2002. When I closed Ashdown due to the recession and to focus on other areas of roses, is when I approached Biltmore with the idea of the Trials leading to the Biltmore Garden Rose Collection leading to the recreation of the walled rose garden. Part of my role is consultant to the rose garden.

Q. The Biltmore Garden has 2000 roses with 250 varieties. Do you manage the selection process? Also do you cull out less than stellar producing varieties, etc.

Biltmore Rose Trials Award Table

'Screaming Neon Red' Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials
‘Screaming Neon Red’ Wins Four Awards Sweeping the #BiltmoreRoseTrials

A. I advised the head gardener who was Lucas Jack at the time in the rose garden, on variety selection, design ideas etc. I also helped source the roses, including many new varieties just coming to market. The final decisions on variety selection are made by the head rosarian of the Biltmore,

Q. Frederick Law Olmstead, said to be the founder of American Landscape Architecture, was the landscape architect of the Biltmore gardens. Do you know if the design included the rose garden that is host to the 2000 roses of today, or was it a later addition?

A. The rose garden, in its present location and very similar configuration, was on the first drawings for the Walled Garden done in the early 1890’s and was installed with the original plantings.

Biltmore Walled Rose Garden

The Biltmore Rose Garden
The Biltmore Rose Garden

Q. The Biltmore Estate Rose Garden is host to the International Rose Trials, can you tell us about the role you play in this process.

A. I created the trials, wrote the rules, find the entrants and now run the trials with the help of the wonderful folks at Biltmore. My official title regarding the Trials is Coordinator Of The Biltmore International Rose Trials.

LeeAnn Donnelly publicist for the Biltmore snapped this picture while I was judging the fragrance of ‘Bejazzo’ at the Biltmore Rose Trials. It was in the Ashville Times and has been reprinted around the world

‘Everyday Roses’ by Paul Zimmerman

Paul’s book ‘Everyday Roses’; The casual gardener’s guide to growing Knock Out® Roses and other modern easy care roses was published by Taunton Press February of 2013. It’s available at book stores, garden centers and of course Amazon, Barnes and noble.com and so on.

‘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