Rose Classifications | Know Before You Grow

'Pretty Lady Rose' hybrid tea rose

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Roses are the ‘Diva’ of the flower world. Statistics say you want roses is your garden. One of the most often searched plant on the Web is the rose. Before you head out to garden centers to buy roses here’s an easy guide to rose classifications.

‘Rainbow Sorbet’ bred by Ping Lim is a Gorgeous Floribunda Rose | First of The Floribunda Rose Garden Roses Planted

Roses are a big investment, educate yourself on rose classifications and varieties available before you make an investment.

Rose Education Leads To Successful Rose Growing

Here are photos of each classification of rose so that you can familiarize yourself with what you may be looking for in the type rose you want to grow. Learn to recognize the differences and what to look for in the rose classification you want, then identify a color you like and you’re in business. You can read the tag on the rose all about the rose ‘variety Rose bushes are a big investment. Decide what you want to achieve with roses before you buy.

'Good As Gold' Hybrid Tea Rose. Bold, beautiful, double-dipped yellow burnished with a touch of golden red, its a heart stopper!
‘Good As Gold’ Hybrid Tea Rose. Bold, beautiful, double-dipped yellow burnished with a touch of golden red, its a heart stopper!

An Easy To Love |  Easy To Grow | Rose Garden

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower. They want easy-to-grow roses. Rose breeders have listened to YOU! Each year there are better, minimal care roses available that you will have great success growing.

World Class Rose Growers

Weeks Roses, Meilland Roses, Kordes Roses, and Conard Pyle Star Roses are world class rose growers that I can vouch for. Some roses I list below have won at the Biltmore Rose Trials. You can also see videos on my Gaga’s Garden Facebook page. where I rate the roses growing in my garden. The rose included are for their:

Minimal Care Roses Rated On

  • disease resistance
  • ease of care
  • beauty
  • fragrance

Modern Rose Classifications

Hybrid Tea | America’s Favorite Rose

Pretty Lady Rose | Hybrid Tea
Pretty Lady Rose Hybrid Tea | bred by Christian Bedard
  • Hybrid tea roses are ideal for cut flowers and creating your own bouquets
  • A hybrid tea is easily identifiable by its large, shapely 30-50 petal blooms on long stems
  • Identifiable by a large bloom grown on a single stem

Weeks Roses 2nd in their The Downton Abbey Series | ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ New 2016 Description:

  • Dark even rose pink almost fuchsia
  • 4-5 “ Large old fashioned ruffled petals
  • The smell of peonies with a hint of spices  
'Francis Meilland' the Best Hybrid Tea named at the Biltmore International Rose Trials 2015
‘Francis Meilland’ hybrid tea rose, winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials ‘Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea Rose 2015’

‘Francis Meilland’ 1996 Description:

  • Color: Very large shell pink flowers
  • Winter hardy disease resistant
  • Winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials ‘Best Hybrid Tea’
  • Videoed and rated by me for the American Rose Society Web site
  • Strong fruity and citrusy fragrance

Grandiflora Roses

Queen Elizabeth In The Garden
Queen Elizabeth In The Garden

‘Queen Elizabeth’ First Grandiflora 1954 Description:

  • Pink 4” with large petals, and pointed buds
  • Moderate rose fragrance
  • ‘Best Established’ Rose at The 2015 Biltmore International Rose Trials, I was a rose judge 

Floribundas | Polyantha

  • Floribundas are known for large clusters of flowered trusses & rapid bloom cycles
  • They bear flowers in large clusters and trusses in a profusion of bloom 
  • This class is unrivaled for providing massive colorful lasting garden displays 
  • Floribundas are hardier, more easy care & reliable in wet weather than their HT counterparts
  • Polyanthas are smaller but very sturdy plants with large clusters of small masses of blooms
'Bolero' In The Heat of Summer In Illinois
‘Bolero’ In The Heat of Summer In Illinois

‘Bolero’ Description:

  • White, large blooms with 100 petals
  • Old rose and spicy fragrance
  • Bushy and about 3 feet tall
'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
‘Julia Child’ by Weeks Roses featured this shot of ‘Julia Child’ in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar

‘Julia Child’ Description:

  • One of the top selling roses in the world
  • Butter/gold yellow in color, medium very full 3-4” blooms
  • Strong licorice fragrance
'Easy Does It' In The Illinois Garden
‘Easy Does It’ In The Illinois Garden

‘Easy Does It’ Description:

  • Gorgeous Mango Peach
  • Ever blooming with a moderate fragrance
  • Disease resistant, one of my all time favorites! 

For Hedge and Borders | Shrub Rose| English Roses

  • Shrub roses grow  in a sprawling direction from 5 to 15 feet in every direction based on your climate and growing condition
  • The unique group of English roses hybridized by David Austin Roses belong to this class of shrub roses.
  • Recurrent bloomers, often have wonderful fragrance of Old Garden Roses
Close-Up of 'Watercolors Home Run' Shrub Rose
Close-Up of ‘Watercolors Home Run’ Shrub Rose

‘Water Colors Home Run’ by Weeks Roses Description:

  • 3 colors showy flame red | yellow gold pink blush | Hot Pink
  • Medium height and bloom size
  • Winter hardy and disease resistant

‘Bonica’ Beautiful prolific ever blooming shrub Description:

Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden
Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden
  • ‘Bonica’ Inducted into the World Federation of Rose Societies Rose Hall of Fame in 2003
  • Prolific, blooms in flushes throughout the season.
  • Prolific, flush, medium to large, cluster-flowered (26-40 petals) stems of blooms cluster-flowered shrub
'Drift® Chamboeuf'
‘Drift® Chamboeuf’

‘Drift®’ Groundcover Roses by Star Roses and Plants

  • 8 colors from White Drift Rose to Red Drift Rose
  • Blooms 1 ½” -3” bushes about 2 feet tall spreading
  • Winter hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow’
Named for the founding figure of the Industrial Revolution
‘Abraham Darby’ a David Austin Rose amed for the founding figure of the Industrial Revolution

‘Abraham Darby’ Description: David Austin Shrub

  • David Austin Shrub rose
  • Very large, rounded, cup-shaped flower with up to 70 petals
  • Vigorous and hardy in all areas
  • Fruity fragrance

Large Flowered Climbers | Climbing Roses

  • Dominated by their growth habit with long arching canes
  • Ability to climb over fences, walls, trellises arbors and pergolas
  • Climbers offer a wide range of flower colors, forms, & shapes with canes from 10-14 feet tall.
'Above and Beyond' Roses in Bloom in the Rose Garden
‘Above and Beyond’ Roses in Bloom

‘Above and Beyond’ Description:

  • The old classic ‘Westerland’ raised modernized with 21st century ‘best-off-best’ qualities!
  • Salmon-orange blend, repeat blooming, 10-14 feet
  • Old fashioned, 3 ½”-4” blooms, fruity fragrance
Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush
Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush
  • ‘4th of July’ Description:
     
    • Gorgeous Red striped and bright white
    • 10-14 feet canes
    • Fresh cut apple and & sweet rose fragrance

Miniature or miniflora roses

  • Ideal for containers and small space gardens, hardy due to being grown on own root
  • Great for edging, rockeries, indoor gardens
  • Minifloras are a new class introduced by ARS in 1999 for the size between miniature roses & floribundas
'All a Twitter'
‘All a Twitter’

‘All a’ Twitter’ Description:

  • Twinkling brilliant orange
  • Tall, medium size blooms
  • Winter hardy

*Roses require 6-8 hours of full sun. They will bloom with 4 hours of full sun but they have more foliage and less blooms.

Angels In The Rose Garden

Angel Watching Over My Glasses

“All Night, All Day Angels Watching Over Me”

Angel Fountain | Angel Bird Bath
Angel Fountain | Angel Bird Bath

How did the angel rose garden come to be? It was Divine intervention. Driving home from church one evening in Dallas, Texas I heard Kathleen Battle sing “All Night, All Day Angel’s Watching Over Me” on 101.1 FM. Listen to this haunting lullaby. You will never forget it. The lyrics are so simple, now this lullaby is part of our evening bed time repertoire for the babies.

How Many Roses Are Too Many?

The answer to the question is: when you run out of space. Have you noticed that most beautiful gardens are usually in back yards literally hidden from view? You work sometimes your entire life creating a stationary work of art and unless you have an “open house” only your eyes and the eyes of God will see those flowers that open once only to have the petals flutter to the ground in a season unseen.

Angel Watching Over My Glasses
Angel Bird Bath & Izzabelle Watching Over My Glasses

My mantra is a “garden is meant to be shared.”

The logical expansion place for your garden is at your front door. We had over 225 roses in Texas. When we moved to Illinois I told ‘Big Daddy’ that perhaps we should have a rose garden that consisted of maybe 35 roses.

'Tropical Lightning' Blooming on 4th of July Week-End
‘Tropical Lightning’ Blooming on 4th of July Week-End in the Angel Rose Garden

Then I changed the inventory to no more than 100.

The plan was to put the gardens in in stages and show you that everyone can start over and have rose gardens established and blooming rapidly.  Thus emerged the angel water fountain and bird bath by the brick planter at the front door and the “Angel Rose Garden” because I believe a garden can be enhanced by titillating the 5 senses, sight, the sound of water or wind chimes, and fragrance.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others
One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others |  Angel Watching Over Lost Glasses 😉

Roses in the Angel Rose Garden

  • ‘Cinco de Mayo
  • ‘Yabba Dabba Doo
  • ‘Tropical Lightning’
  • 2 ‘Top Gun’ (Resistant To Rose Rosette)
  • ‘Grande Dame’
  • ‘Easy To Please’

*When these bareroot roses arrived some are own-root roses, which I find to be more winter hardy. I soaked all of the roses in water that I add a Haven Brand tea bag, its a product a friend makes on her Haven Farm. Its an organic, all natural, organic, American made, soil conditioner called MooPoo Tea. Call, tweet or email Annie Twitter: @GreenSoil with any questions she will get right back to you ASAP.

People asked me what else I use and I add soil amendments I used to mix myself until I found that Beaty Fertilizer makes Mill Mix. Its Called Mills Rose Magic and I add it as the totally organic soil amendments I used to buy in 40-50 pound bags at the feed store and mix myself but now its all I use

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Easy To Love | Easy To Grow |Roses

Pretty Lady Rose
Pretty Lady Rose

An Easy To Love |  Easy To Grow | Rose Garden

“Roses Are For Every Garden” at  The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, interview with

What Jodie Henke of Living the Country Life radio (a Meredith, Better Homes & Garden property) will air across the U.S., on

85% of folks say roses are their favorite flower. They want easy-to-grow roses. Rose breeders are listening to YOU! Each year there are better minimal care roses available that you can have great success with. Here are some of the  Conard Pyle Star Roses and Weeks Roses, that I researched and have personally grown. I included them because of their beauty and ease of care. Star Roses and Weeks Roses supplied the roses for the Chicago Flower & Garden rose garden his year and last year  had been planned to be at the show. They are minimal care roses bred for their easy to grow qualities. I can vouch for their high degree of success in the garden. Christian Bédard told us ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ may be the best rose he’s ever bred and I can tell you its at the top of my list for perfection.

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Hybrid Teas Roses | Americas Favorite Flower

Hybrid tea roses are perfect for any rose garden. They are perfect for cut flowers and creating our own bouquets. A hybrid tea is easily identifiable by their large shapely single flower blooms on long stems. Here are a few of the very best hybrid teas that are true winners.

‘Pretty Lady Rose’ New 2016 | Weeks Roses 2nd in their The Downton Abbey Series

  • Dark even rose pink almost fuchsia
  • 4-5 “ Large old fashioned ruffled petals
  • The smell of peonies with a hint of spices

'Francis Meilland'
‘Francis Meilland’

‘Francis Meilland’ 1996

  • Color: Very large shell pink flowers
  • Winter hardy disease resistant
  • Winner of Biltmore International Rose Trials Best Hybrid Tea
  • Strong fruity and citrusy fragrance

Award of Excellence Best Established Rose | Bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts (United States, 1954).
Award of Excellence Best Established Rose

‘Queen Elizabeth’ 1954

  • Pink 4” with large petals, and pointed buds
  • Moderate rose fragrance
  • Won ‘Best Established’ Rose at The Biltmore International Rose Trials when I was a judge in 2015

For Hedge and Borders I love Shrub roses because they grow from 5 to 15 feet in every direction based on your climate and growing conditions.

'Watercolors Homerun'
‘Watercolors Homerun’

‘Water Colors Home Run’ by Weeks Roses

  • 3 colors showy flame red | yellow gold pink blush | Hot Pink
  • Medium height and bloom size
  • Winter hardy and disease resistant

'Drift® Chamboeuf'
‘Drift® Chamboeuf’

‘Drift®’ Groundcover Roses by Star Roses and Plants

  • 8 colors from White Drift Rose to Red Drift Rose
  • Blooms 1 ½” -3” bushes about 2 feet tall spreading
  • Winter hardy, disease resistant, and easy to grow.

Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden
Bonica, Shrub rose always the first to bloom in the spring in my Texas rose garden

Bonica® – Shrub

  • The Bonica rose has been voted the World’s Favorite Rose in by the World Federation of Rose Societies and an All-America Winner
  • Pastel pink, 3” blossoms, about 5’ tall spreading
  • Slight fragrance

For containers you can plant Miniature or miniflora roses known for novelty and versatility.

Some of the most beautiful and hardy are:

'All a Twitter'
‘All a Twitter’

‘All a’ Twitter’

  • Twinkling brilliant orange
  • Tall, medium size blooms
  • Winter hardy

‘Be My Baby’

  • Incandescent pink
  • Large round blooms, medium tall
  • Fragrance mild tea 

‘Sunblaze®’ Miniatures by Star Roses and Plants

  • All colors from amber-to yellow, vigorous, disease resistant, winter hardy.
  • 12-18 inches compact
  • Slight fragrance

For walls, fences, and pergolas we want climbing or rambling type roses for their unique long arching canes, and their ability to climb fences, over walls, through trellises, arbors, trellises.

‘Above All’

  • The old classic ‘Westerland’ raised modernized with 21st century ‘best-off-best’ qualities!
  • Salmon-orange blend, repeat blooming, 10-14 feet
  • Old fashioned, 3 ½”-4” blooms, fruity fragrance

Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush
Bee on Fourth of July Climbing Rose Bush

‘4th of July’

  • Gorgeous Red striped and bright white
  • 10-14 feet canes
  • Fresh cut apple and & sweet rose fragrance

‘Pretty in Pink Eden’ or ‘New Dawn’ (Light pink)

  • All qualities of highest rated, award winning rose ‘Eden Climber’ also known as ‘Pierre de Ronsand’ only deep pink
  • 10-12’ with gorgeous very double blooms 70-80 petals
  • Vintage rose fragrance, vigorous and disease resistant 

Floribundas

Beautiful Roses for the garden known for their profusion of bloom are floribundas. They bear flowers in large clusters and trusses with large clusters of and trusses. This class is unrivaled for providing massive colorful lasting garden displays that are hardier, easy care and more reliable in wet weather than their hybrid tea counterpart.

'Bolero' blooming as a perfect heart in nature
‘Bolero’ blooming as a perfect heart in nature

‘Bolero’

  • White, large blooms with 100 petals
  • Old rose and spicy fragrance
  • Bushy and about 3 feet tall

'Julia Child' by Weeks Roses featured this shot of 'Julia Child' in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar
‘Julia Child’ by Weeks Roses featured this shot of ‘Julia Child’ in The American Rose Society 2014 Calendar

‘Julia Child’

  • One of the top selling roses in the world
  • Butter/gold color, medium very full 3-4” blooms
  • Strong licorice fragrance

'Easy Does It' by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops, a vision of perfection
‘Easy Does It’ by Weeks Roses with Rain Drops

‘Easy Does It’

  • Gorgeous Mango Peach
  • Ever blooming with a moderate fragrance
  • Disease resistant, one of my all time favorites!  

Be sure and join us at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. This is only the 2nd year we will have roses blooming in March in a rose garden setting in Chicago at Navy Pier. We’ll have American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians there to answer your rose growing questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Biltmore 2015 Rose Trials Winners

Emily Wilson, Rosarian for The Biltmore Rose Gardens

Savannah’ by Kordes Rosen

‘Takes Best In Show’, ‘Best Hybrid Tea’  and ‘Most Fragrant’  Rose

The Biltmore Rose Trials Ashville, NC

Sat., May 30, 2014

Emily Wilson, Rosarian for The Biltmore Rose Gardens
Emily Wilson, Rosarian for The Biltmore Rose Gardens taking the Winners To Be Announced

The George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials

Best in Show

“Savannah,” bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany

The Pauline Merrell Award for Best Hybrid Tea:

“Savannah,” bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany  

The Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil Award for Most Fragrant Rose:

“Savannah,” bred by Kordes Rosen in Germany

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Savannah | A Kordes Rose | Photo credit New Flora

The gardens are managed by horticulturalist, Parker Andes. The International Rose Trials were created and coordinated by Paul Zimmerman of Paul Zimmerman Roses and author of Everyday Roses. Today Paul introduced the newly appointed rosarian of the rose gardens at the estate, the delightful and talented Emily Wilson pictured above ready getting ready to announce the winners along with the former head of the rose garden Lucas Jack. Here are the other winners:

The Award of Excellence for Best Established Rose: “Queen Elizabeth,” a Grandiflora rose.

Award of Excellence Best Established Rose | Bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts (United States, 1954).
Award of Excellence Best Established Rose |

Bred by Dr. Walter E. Lammerts (United States, 1954).

The Edith Wharton Award for Best Floribunda:

“Tequila Gold,” bred by Meilland Roses International in France.

Awarded Best Floribunda
Awarded Best Floribunda

The Honorable John Cecil for Open Group:

“Popcorn Drift,” bred by Nova Flora, in West Grove, Pa.

Popcorn Drift by Star Roses Best Open Class
Popcorn Drift by Star Roses Best Open Class

The Gilded Age Award for Best Climber:

“Flying Kiss,” bred by Roses by Ping Lim, based in Portland, Oregon.

Gilded Age by Ping Lim Best Climber
Ping Lim Best Climber

The Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub Rose:

“Peachy Keen,” bred by Star Roses | A Visit With William Radler of Milwaukee, WI

The Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant:

“Peachy Keen,” bred by Bill Radler of Milwaukee, WI

Thrive by Star Roses Conard Pyle Best Shrub | Most Disease resistant
Thrive by Star Roses Conard Pyle Best Shrub | Most Disease resistant

The William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit:

“Phloxy Baby,” bred by Bill Radler, of Milwaukee, Wisc.

Phloxy Baby William Cecil Best Growth Habit  Bill Radler
Phloxy Baby William Cecil
Best Growth Habit
Bill Radler

Brad Yoder of Star Roses Conard Pyle, practically stayed up front to receive his awards for Star/Bill Radler’s Roses. It was an exciting Day for all.

The Biltmore Rose Garden
The Biltmore Rose Garden

One of the most unusual roses we saw that Debbie and Dr. Keith Zary | Jackson & Perkins | Wikipedia and I were judging at the same time was this delightful creature that truly has the look of phlox and we said so before we knew its name and low and behold its name is ‘Phloxy Baby’ It’s truly delightful. That’s all for now folks! Until next year and a new hat. Love from the Biltmore Estate.

The Beautiful Biltmore Rose Garden View along the back walls as we complete our judging.

The Biltmore Rose Garden
The Biltmore Rose Garden

 Sponsors of this event were Witherspoon Rose and Clyde Beaty makers of Mills Magic Fertilizer

ohn Beaty of Mills Magic and Tim Wood of Star Roses and Plants
John Beaty of Mills Magic and Tim Wood of Star Roses and Plants

David Pike, Witherspoon Rose | Sponsors of The Biltmore Rose Trials

David Pike | Witherspoon Rose | A Sponsor of The Biltmore International Rose Trials | Susan Fox
David Pike | Witherspoon Rose | A Sponsor of The Biltmore International Rose Trials | Susan Fox

'Moonstone' as at home in the garden as "King" of show
‘Moonstone’ as at home in the garden as “King” of show

Gaga’s Witherspoon Rose Garden in Illinois | Moonstone in the Foreground last summer, yes these are roses bought bare-root most from Witherspoon Rose

From left to right John Del Vecchio, Susan Fox, Vice President of the American Rose Society, Executive Director of the American Rose Society Jeffrey Ware

John Del Vecchio | Susan Fox | VP of ARS, Pat Shanley | Executive Director of ARS, Jeffrey Ware
John Del Vecchio | Susan Fox | VP of ARS, Pat Shanley | Executive Director of ARS, Jeffrey Ware

 The Biltmore Team of Excellence

Paul Zimmerman | LeeAnn Donnelly | Parker
Paul Zimmerman | LeeAnn Donnelly | Parker Andes

 

Fantasy Pick Roses

Love Song a floribunda

Fantasy Pick Roses for 2013 

Susan Fox in the Rose Garden with Chicago Flower and Garden Show Hat
Susan Fox in the Rose Garden with Chicago Flower and Garden Show Hat

 

Sports analogies dig deep into the heart of the American landscape.  Rose gardening can be a tough physical sport. A helmet is my next gardening fashion statement. It shall coordinate with my leopard rubber boots. This fall, during an attempted shovel pass, I did a face plant into Ketchup & Mustard, (F), and took a direct hit by known dirty player Baronne Edmond de Rothschild (HT). Rothschild’s position on the team was questionable at the time due to lack of performance. Baron, a top draft pick due to his ARS league standing (8.3) in the 2014 ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses has been a bitter disappointment. Long, tall, leggy with an inconsistent performance record on this S. Central Illinois gardeners team roster, Rothschild is known for smacking players in the face as they walk by, repeated penalties and face-mask violations basically unprovoked.

 

Late Hits | Defenseless Players

During this same hit I sustained a defenseless player low hit by Bolero (F) and Pumpkin Patch (F) as I smashed my head into the landscape timber resulting in a concussion. Injuries from this attempted shovel pass, or shall we say passing the shovel resulted in blood dripping wounds, quarterback removed from the field of play and out for several games. The visiting Team then needlessly ran up the score and brought banned substance weeds on the field of play. The end result is the Rothschild contract will not be renewed and he will be shovel pruned next season. His career on this field of play is over. While dazed and laying sideways on a landscape timber I pondered the flexibility of this guy that was nearly uprooted in the pile-up yet bounced right back to his usual shenanigans. This brings into play the discussion that is raging in the sports world about whether low hits may be more injurious to a player than the upper body which are usually more protected. Of course that is if one is wearing a state of the art helmet.

 

Roses Performance Ratings

Roses that “make the team” and into our gardens are usually selected pre-season based solely on their “agents” pitch. The stats for new entries in your field (garden) and on your team are many times no more than speculation by the “sales rep,” their agent, the growers and sellers. You, and the buying public are presented with slick bios, glamorous, perfect pictures and  romantic write-ups via catalogs and sales brochures of promises of performance with a product that has been mostly tested, especially a new rose, by the sellers/growers themselves. The American Rose Society does have a rating system developed by rose gardeners that submit their ratings of roses that I follow closely for good reason in the Handbook for Selecting Roses* however, you see that system has its element of discovery. Look no further than Baronne Edmond de Rothschild for proof. It’s still rated 8.3, which qualifies it by this system as “a very good to excellent rose.” There are many factors to consider when looking at a “players, ” (plants) performance, such as conditioning, fitness for your climate and care. Many times a “player’s” performance can be traced back to “coaching staff” (gardener) or conditions on the field, and handling but many times it’s the “player” (plant) itself we can look to for performance and the quality of the grower and seller. This is important especially because roses are expensive and you have a tremendous time and emotional investment in them. I want your Team of Roses to be a Team of Winners.  Here’s this Seasons Fantasy Picks for the 2013 growing Season in plant hardiness zone 6b. I’ve also grown every rose except Opening Night in Texas zone 8 with great success.

 

Gaga’s Garden Fantasy Pick Roses

Opening Night, Hybrid Tea
Opening Night, Hybrid Tea

Opening Night, HT first year in this Illinois garden looks like a pagoda draped in rain. This rose is rated 7.8 and was a stellar performer this year.

Moonstone, Hybrid Tea
Moonstone, in the Rain

Moonstone, a hybrid tea is consistently winning in rose shows across the country. Again a first year rose, it is a beautiful cornerstone for this Illinois garden. White roses light up your garden at night.

Rainbow Sorbet a Floribunda
Rainbow Sorbet a Floribunda

Rainbow Sorbet, floribunda is true to its name. It offers a rainbow of colors as the buds open and continue to change in colors. It is a consistent bloomer. The profusion of blooms and bloom cycle is amazing.

Love Song a floribunda
Love Song, floribunda, be still my heart

Love Song is a new rose heavily promoted because folks like lavender and purple roses. It is pretty. It bloomed heavily in the first of the season and did slow done. Lets see how it winters. I will be reporting back to you because as I said roses are expensive and blue roses can be tender to cold and boy oh boy this rose has been promoted!

Betty Boop, floribunda
Betty Boop, floribunda. Blooms that seem to last forever

Betty Boop, is a floribunda that blooms and the blooms seem to last forever. I really can’t say enough good about this little rose if you like roses in your garden for bloom cycle and profusion of blooms. However I have not seen a single rose that has lasting characteristics like this rose except Charisma. Last but not least is the season’s All Star, Easy Does It. This rose wins for profusion of blooms, disease resistant and bloom cycle.

Easy Does it, a floribunda that is prolific in bloom cycles, disease resistant and holds its color. The perfect rose for your garden
Easy Does it, a floribunda that is prolific in bloom cycles, disease resistant and holds its color. The perfect rose for your garden

Check out the best sports analogy blog that I read by Brian Vickery

In closing, check out my inspiration for this post  Brian Vickery’s Web site. He writes the best sports analogy’s as they relate to marketing and real life. Our mutual friend, football aficionado, marketing wizard, and PR genius, Gini Dietrich at Spin Sucks says it all about him in this write up, #FollowFriday Brian Vickery

Here are two Brian Vickery articles that are my favorites. You are in for a treat.

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I dedicate this gardening sports analogy to Brian Vickery and Gini Dietrich who I hope will get to watch a football game this week-end and it looks like Cutler is cleared to play. Brian, I have a special request, as a fellow #Cowboys4Life fan maybe you could write an article about thoughts on Jerry Jones going back to the sidelines, hmmm? And I didn’t mention our football friend Margie Clayman because she said the Cleveland Browns broke her heart. Our teams do that sometimes just like our gardens. Perhaps Sean will not be roping us into marketing studies and laundry and do what real Americans do. Watch football, laundry and garden.

*The American Rose Society Handbook for Selecting Roses is free to members and available for $5.00. Every rose I purchase I look up the rating of the rose first in this book always.