A Rose By Any Other Name…

The Desert Shall Bloom Like the Rose" Entryway to the Walk of Roses | Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” ~ William Shakespeare

Fun is one of the most mysterious words in the English language. Catch it, contain it, bottle it and sell it if you can. Define it if you dare. Each person has a different idea of fun. Fun comes when you least expect it so be on the look out or you may miss it. Seldom have I found ‘fun’ when it was planned and most expected, and often I’ve found it when it was least expected.

The Desert Shall Bloom Like the Rose" Entryway to the Walk of Roses | Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners
Number Of Seven | Summerific® ‘Perfect Storm’ – Rose Mallow – Hibiscus hybrid – perennial by Proven Winners

Such is the case when I discovered that a hibiscus is known by the name ‘rose mallow’. I planted this gentle tropical giant at the entry of the Rose Walk Way in the Rock Rose Garden. The shear audacity of a giant tropical ‘Rose Mallow’ planted in the middle of a country setting across from corn fields was fun and it tickles me pink. This is the essence of a juxtaposition.

Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners With Lion Garden Statues Smelling The Fragrance
Summerific® ‘Perfect Storm’ – Rose Mallow – Hibiscus hybrid – perennial by Proven Winners With Lion Garden Statues Smelling The Fragrance

The Hibiscus ‘Rose Mallow’

Native to China, the hibiscus is confused often times with many plants; from the ‘Rose of Sharon’ to Hollyhocks it has been cultivated in the United States and Japan for thousands of years.

Summerific® 'Cranberry Crush' Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid
Summerific® ‘Cranberry Crush’ Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid

It’s the genus of over 200 plants! It comes in large rose, yellow, purple, pink and white flowers. Most varieties have large flowers from 6-12 inches blooming in late summer.

‘Rose of Sharon’ | ‘And The Desert Shall Bloom Like A Rose’~ Isaiah 35:1

'Rose of Sharon' | The Flower of The Field | "The desert shall bloom like the rose" Isaiah 35:1
‘Rose of Sharon’ | The Flower of The Field | “The desert shall bloom like the rose” Isaiah 35:1

 The phrase ‘Rose of Sharon’ that folks confuse the hibiscus rose mallow with appears in English in 1611 as “the flower of the field” in the King James Bible. The speaker (beloved) says, in the song of Solomon 2:1 “I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley”. The previous translations had referred to it simply as ‘Flower of the Field”.

'Rose of Sharon' | The Flower of The Field | "The desert shall bloom like the rose" Isaiah 35:1
‘Rose of Sharon’ | The Flower of The Field | “The desert shall bloom like the rose” Isaiah 35:1

Bible scholars think it’s a catch phrase that could be a mistranslation referring to:

  • Crocus A kind of crocus growing as a lily on the coastal plain of Sharon
  • Tulip – Bright red tulip prolific on the Hills of Sharon
  • Madonna Lily, commonly know as the ‘Lily of the Valley’ mentioned in Song of Solomon 2:1
  • Narcissus, Rose

    'Uncle Joe' in the Rock Rose Garden | "Summerific® Perfect Storm Rose Mallow hybrid Hibiscus "
    ‘Uncle Joe’ in the Rock Rose Garden | “Summerific® Perfect Storm Rose Mallow hybrid Hibiscus “

Only one of the species is a member of Rosaceae, (the rose family). ‘Rose of Sharon’ lack of precise meaning therefore is used often in song and verse. Though the identity of the flower still remains unclear its that very lack of precision that makes it a useful catch phrase. The species it refers to in modern usage is a member of Rosaceae. And the Hebrew word translation reads “And the desert shall bloom like a rose.” RoseofSharon1

Most interesting is a translation committee from ‘Song of Solomon’ 2:1 thinks “Rose of Sharon” is a mistranslation of Hebrew word for crocus. And etymologists’ tentatively have linked the word for beṣel, meaning bulb and understood as meaning either pungent or splendid.

National Flower of S. Korea ‘The Rose of Sharon’ Mugungwa

‘Rose of Sharon’ is the National Flower of S. Korea. Its pronounced (moogooonwa).  It was first used by the actual term mugunghwa and was first employed during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” ~Isaiah 35:1 KJV

For more information about roses visit The American Rose Society Web site.

'Litchfield Angel' Bathed in Sun Light by David Austin Roses
‘Litchfield Angel’ Bathed in Sun Light by David Austin Roses

A Garden Is A Marshmallow World

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush'
1. The fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. 

“The juxtaposition of country & tropical creates a marshmallow garden world.”

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush'
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush’ 

Shown above is a Proven Winner genus of plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae known for large showy flowers simply known as hibiscus, less widely known as ‘rose mallow. The magical quality of the hibiscus enchants me to sing out loud, “A Marshmallow World.”


Most of the mallows from the hibiscus (also known as ‘rose mallow’) have been used as food recorded throughout history by early classic writers. A dish of ‘marsh mallow’ considered an edible vegetable during Roman times was considered a delicacy. According to Wikipedia Prosper Alpinus stated in 1592 that a plant of the rose mallow kind was eaten by the Egyptians. Many of the poorer inhabitants of the world have subsisted for weeks on herbs, of which marsh mallow is one of the most common.

Hibiscus Summerific® 'Berrylicious'
Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Berrylicious’

The juxtaposed look of country; the little red barn & tropical the; the ‘Rose Mallows’ give the garden a Marshmallow World effect. You too can have a Marshmallow World. I love these Proven Winners Summerific ‘Rose Mallow’ plants, don’t you?

Hibiscus Summerific® 'Berrylicious'
Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Berrylicious’
PROVEN WINNERS © 'Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush'
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Magic Hibisbus Cranberry Crush’

Proven Winners ‘Meteor Showers’ next to my conifer,  and the ‘Rose Mallow’ Hibiscus.

PROVEN WINNERS © 'Meteor Showers'
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Meteor Showers’ | ‘Cranberry Crush’ Hibuscus
PROVEN WINNERS © 'Meteor Showers' Pollinator Attractant
PROVEN WINNERS © ‘Meteor Showers’ Pollinator Attractants

The smartest, most beautiful woman I know, my daughter-in-law said to me,

on mixing tropicals in a country rose garden landscape: “Its the juxtaposition that I love.”

Family Relationships Grow
My beautiful Daughter-In Law| The Best Mom I Know | Loves A Little Bit Of Country and A Whole Lot of Tropical  ‘Rose Mallow” This is us planting the ‘Kids Garden’ in Virginia

*Please visit Instagram where I can give some credit to my dear sister-in-law, Martha Proctor who I first saw ‘Cranberry Crush’ blooming in Wisconsin and was enchanted by it.

So I say mix ’em up Roses & Tropicals!

Proven Winners 'Summerific' Hibiscus
‘Summerific’ Hibiscus | I have a ‘Crush on ‘Cranberry Crush’ & Roses in the Rock Rose Garden with ‘Earth Song’



Roses, Relationships and Social Media

Stormy Weather, LCI with a Pollinator | Its All About Relationships

“I shall be telling this with a sigh  Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference”  Robert Frost


Stormy Weather, LCI with a Pollinator | Its All About Relationships
Stormy Weather with a Pollinator | Its All About Relationships

Social Media is about engaging in relationships.


This is a case study of roses, relationships and social media. It’s also about convergence. This is a story of how the relationship of online friends that developed because of their passion for roses resulted in assisting a customer of Heirloom Roses. It’s also about the creed of consulting rosarians but that’s another day.


I received this Facebook direct message from Consulting Rosarian, Dennis Niklas from Oklahoma City:

“Cheryl at Heirloom Roses has a customer that lives in southern Indiana and needs advice on best roses that grow there. Would you contact (message) Cheryl with advice on Heirloom roses Facebook page?”


Inquiring Minds Want To Know!


Q.) I live in southern Indiana. Is there a certain type of rose that I’d need for my location and also is there a certain time of year that new rose bushes need to be planted? I’ve always wanted to grow beautiful roses, but am unable to do a lot of yard work.


Dear Southern Indiana Rose Lover,


You mention a few key facts 

·      You are located in Southern Indiana

·      You want to grow beautiful roses

·      You have limited time to do yard work

Let’s have some fun planning your rose garden. 


Gene Boerner Magnificent Floribunda, 2013 spring bloom
Floribundas Rose Garden All In Bloom, Spring Bloom

Is There A Certain Type of Rose That I’d Need for My Location?

You can choose from Floribundas, Grandifloras, Hybrid Teas, Miniatures, Minifloras, Old Garden Roses, Shrubs or David Austin roses, just to name a few.

Based on the fact many new rosarians love a garden filled with lots of color and blooms I would recommend choosing Floribunda roses because of their profusion of bloom and rapid repeating bloom cycle.


You have many types of roses that grow well in Southern Indiana. Plant hardiness Zone B is the zone I think you are in. To be sure, go to one of the links below and enter your zip code. I entered the southern most city in Indiana, which is Evansville, Indiana. Both PlantMaps and the
USDA Plant Hardiness Plant links have determined that Southern Indiana plant hardiness zone is 6B. Your plant hardiness zone helps determine lots of information. For now, the most important information is this: what’s usually the last day of a hard freeze in the springtime and the first day if a hard frost in the fall. This is crucial information for all gardeners.


Minimal Care Roses Are For You

Based on the info you provided I would advise you to choose minimal care roses. Here’s some great information to start your new rose garden. Roses that are grown on their own root system tend to be more winter hardy and disease resistant. Heirloom sells only own-root, virus free roses.

However, Heirloom Roses ships their plants all year long.


N. Elevated Rose Garden 2013
Spring Bloom 2013

What Time of Year Is The Best Time To Plant Roses


I prefer to plant roses in the springtime. Here’s a plan: Heirloom Roses new catalog is coming out in the fall. Plan your garden, order in February or so and plant your new rose garden after the very last chance of frost in your plant hardiness zone. Go to www.ars.org and locate your nearest rose society and any consulting rosarian member will assist you with further questions.


Beautiful Roses for Your Location


Here are a few choices that I have grown and are extremely hardy, beautiful and minimal care Floribunda roses and are in the Heirloom Catalog:

Julia Child
Julia Child

Julia Child

Hot Cocoa Candelabra
Hot Cocoa Candelabra


Cherry Parfait


Honey Perfume

Twilight Zone

Climbing Roses You Would Love:

4th of July

Night Owl, LCI Spray
Night Owl, LCI Spray

Night Owl

Stormy Weather

Heirloom sells a Shrub Rose that is almost perfection however shrub roses do better when you plant more than one together and I have found this to be true. The name of the shrub roses is Bonica.



Roses need a location with 6-8 hours of sun, rose fertilizer & water. All you add is love. Enjoy your new rose garden. More than half the fun is planning and anticipation of the spring bloom.





Roses Celebrate National Pollinator Week

Kimberlina with a Bee 2013

“Bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.”
― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine


Bees make us happy. We need these tiny workers. The sound of bees going about the business of feeding the world is a very good thing. Bees are attracted to roses. They particularly like Kimberlina

Kimberlina with a Bee 2013
Kimberlina, a beautiful floribunda in the early morning light with a bee visiting

Stormy Weather, and Julia Child, just to name a few. To celebrate National Pollinator Week, June 17-23rd plant some roses and your roses will attract bees to delight you.

Get close up and personal with bees


In all the years working in gardens of flowers a bee has never stung me. I have a message to those of you who may think bees present a gardening “peril;” I get very close to them to take these pictures and yet they tolerate me. I have accidentally stepped on rose thorns that pose more of a hazard than a bee; I opened a door and walked into a wasp that felt obligated to sting me although it wasn’t his fault, I surprised him. But a bee has never stung me.

Stormy Weather Spring Bloom 2013
Stormy Weather, LCI a purple climbing rose with a bee coming in for a landing

When to plant roses

 It’s not too late to plant roses unless you are in a very hot climate. It’s best to plant roses before it gets into late summer. Some shippers have actually sent me emails saying they are still shipping but it is fairly late for mail order. Due to heat in shipping I believe it’s better to try and find an established potted rose to plant at this time. I have planted roses in the summer time if I keep them watered. Dehydration becomes a factor when you plant roses in the excessive heat of summer.

Julia Child, everyone's favorite floribunda with a bee visiting
Julia Child, everyone’s favorite floribunda rose with a bee visiting

The sound of dawn


Dawn in the rose garden when the only sound is the gentle hum of the bees stirring busily moving from rose to rose, knowing that mankind’s survival rests on the wings of an unwitting, tireless tiny worker is a stirring event.

*Background of Pollinator Week  

“Pollinator Week was initiated and is managed by the Pollinator Partnership.

Six years ago the U.S. Senate’s unanimous approval and designation of a week in June as “National Pollinator Week” marked a necessary step toward addressing the urgent issue of declining pollinator populations.  Pollinator Week has now grown to be an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats and beetles. The growing concern for pollinators is a sign of progress, but it is vital that we continue to maximize our collective effort.  The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture signs the proclamation every year.

The Pollinator Partnership is proud to announce that the United States Department of Interior has designated National Pollinator Week on June 17-23, 2013 by the Secretary of the Department of Interior, Sally Jewell.

The Pollinator Partnership is also proud to announce that June 17-23, 2013 has been designated National Pollinator Week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”