Since 2002 Sam has been a familiar sight tending the Rose Garden. Here with his prize 1953 Studebaker pickup in the background, he waters the roses by hand. We were surprised to see him spraying water on the flowers, a practice some say invites disease. Sam explained, however, that if the spraying is done early enough that plants can dry off, overhead watering benefits them. "I believe it cools them off," he said. The virtually perfect state of the flowers and foliage suggests the practice is well worth trying. At right, the '53 Studie in all its glory.
| ||Sam and Dolly|
Sam has some favorite roses, one of which is this rose, 'Dolly Parton,' a hybrid tea with coppery-red blooms and a sweet, spicy fragrance.
'Fabulous', the floribunda rose shown at the top of the page, was introduced in 2001 and quickly
became a favorite landscape rose. Vigorous and highly
disease-resistant, it grows to 3 feet by 3 feet or larger and
bears sprays of pure white camellia-like blossoms as wide as 4 inches each on
long stems. 'Fabulous' has won countless rose show
awards. It is also widely available in tree form.
| ||'Ultimate Pink'|
'Ultimate Pink' is for many the most beautiful of all
pink roses. A hybrid tea, it grows to 4 1/2 feet tall with deep-pink
blossoms 4 1/2 inches wide on very long stems. The flowers first appear
as exquisite, pointed, ovoid buds. The blooms have a light, sweet
fragrance. Withal, this rose was the Jackson & Perkins Rose of the
Year in 1999.
| ||'Oranges 'n' Lemons'|
The 'Oranges 'n' Lemons' rose is a conversation piece
wherever it grows. Commercially available as a floribunda, grandiflora,
or hybrid tea rose, as a shrub rose it has a beautiful arching,
fountain-like shape and can also be trained as a climber to 8 feet. The
hybrid tea has very striking larger flowers. This rose has good disease
resistance but does require spring freeze protection. The blooms have a
moderate fruity fragrance.
| ||'Mr. Lincoln'|
Many gardeners throughout the world think 'Mr. Lincoln'
"the best red rose" for its large, velvety dark red blossoms and
intense fragrance. Blooms can be 6 inches wide and the plant six feet or
more tall. The leaves are a rich, leathery green. A hybrid tea, 'Mr.
Lincoln' was an All-America Rose Selection in 1965 and continues to win
devotees. An extremely vigorous grower, it's best suited for the back of
the rose bed.
| ||'Veterans Honor'|
Bravo! to the Rose Garden folk for including this
elegant and uniquely beautiful hybrid tea rose in its public garden for
all of us to see. 'Veterans' Honor' grows to 4' tall and 5' wide with
exquisite blooms as much as 5" across. A bonus: as cut flowers in a
vase, its long-stemmed blossoms last up to two weeks.
| ||'Fragrant Cloud'|
This hybrid tea rose developed in Germany in 1963 is
classic for an intense fragrance described as "fruity,"
"tangerine-orange," and "strongly citrus." Indeed, 'Fragrant Cloud' won the James
Alexander Gamble Fragrance Award in 1970. Other awards: the National
Rose Society Presidents International Trophy, the Portland Gold Medal,
and World's Favorite Rose. The plant is vigorous and compact for a
hybrid tea and can reach 5 feet tall. Pointed buds open into red-orange
blooms 5 inches wide on 18-inch stems. It's a winner in every way.
"Breathtaking" is the word for this floribunda rose.
We'd never seen a rose so brilliant red in color or with so many blooms
on each stem. 'Showbiz' blooms all season with 6-12 blossoms per stem on
plants 2-3' tall. It's been around since 1985, the year it was named an
All-American Rose Society Selections winner.
| ||'First Kiss'|
Its beauty as poignant as its name, 'First Kiss' is a
floribunda rose that bears clusters of sweetly fragrant, semidouble
blossoms throughout the season. The plant grows to 3 feet tall and 2
feet wide with a bushy habit. It was introduced in 1991.
'Europeana' is a classic rose. Developed in Holland,it
won the Hague Gold Medal and the Golden Rose Award in 1962, was an
All-America Rose Selection in 1968, and won the Portland Gold Medal in
1970. This floribunda rose bears clusters of dark red, fragrant flowers
from spring to frost, sometimes as many as 20 blossoms on one stem. The
plant is compact, growing to 3 feet by 3 feet, and the foliage an
attractive bronze-green. The scent is often described as a "mild tea"
fragrance. A superb landscaping rose, spectacular when planted in
| ||'Betty Boop'|
Named for the cartoon character, this shrub rose, which
blooms all summer long, was an All-America Rose Selections winner in
1999. A floribunda, it grows 4-5' tall and 2-3' wide. Blossoms are
red-edged white with a flush of yellow at the center.
'Sunbright' is the perfect name for this hybrid tea
rose. Its blossoms are so brilliantly yellow that they confound the
camera. 'Sunbright' blooms abundantly throughout the season. Long,
urn-shaped buds open into blossoms up to 5 1/2 inches wide that have a
slight fragrance. Plants are tall and handsome with glossy green
foliage. 'Sunbright' was the 1984 Jackson & Perkins Rose of the
| ||'Melody Parfumee'|
'Melody Parfumee,' also known as 'Melody Parfume,'
'Melody Perfume,' and 'Zulu Royal,' is a hybrid tea rose of no little
distinction. In 1995 it won both the Bagatelle Gold Medal in Paris and
the Baden-Baden Fragrance Prize in Germany. The scent is frequently
described as "antique rose" and "French spice." Plum-colored, pointed
buds open into rich lavender flowers 4-5 inches wide, then take on a
silvery cast. The plant grows to 4 1/2 feet tall. Flowers are borne on
| ||'Blueberry Hill'|
This distinctive floribunda rose sports lovely
lilac-rose, semidouble blooms that have a unique apple-tart fragrance.
'Blueberry Hill' is so fragrant, in fact, that gardeners say a single
bloom in a bouquet can scent an entire room. Plants are vigorous with
glossy green foliage and reach about 3 feet tall. An increasingly
| ||'Simply Marvelous'|
This floribunda rose, introduced in 2002, grows to 3
feet with pale lavendar blooms bearing a moderate, pleasantly sweet
scent. It's one of the Jackson & Perkins "New Generation" roses,
meaning that it's grown on its own root system, not grafted, and
therefore survives even extreme winters and blooms the next season true
This beautiful hybrid tea rose from New Zealand is
known especially for its elegant appearance. Blooms are a luminous
yellow that open to 4 1/2 inches wide. The fragrance is light and spicy.
The plant is vigorous, upright, grow to 6 feet tall, and is a generous
bloomer. Long stems and long duration in the vase make it a superb cut
flower as well. Curiously enough, 'Aperitif' is often listed in catalogs
as 'Apertif.' Oh, well, a rose by any other name....
| ||'Spice Twice'|
This hybrid tea rose sports long buds with a high
center that open into double, coral-orange blooms with a creamy reverse.
The plant is quite vigorous with long, straight stems and dark green
foliage. It grows as tall as 5 feet and blooms generously throughout the
season. The blossoms have a mild fragrance of ginger.
| ||'Double Delight'|
The blossoms of this famed hybrid tea rose, 'Double
Delight,' are white edged with red, becoming redder as they mature. They
have 40 petals each and a strong spicy-fruit scent. The plant grows to 4
feet tall with dark green foliage and blooms profusely and continuously
throughout the season. Introduced in 1977, 'Double Delight' was honored
with an American Rose Society Gold Medal and a World Federation of Rose
This exquisite rose has satiny white blooms with a
light honeysuckle fragrance. Its exceptionally lovely pink-tinted buds
open into blossoms 4-5 inches wide on 15-inch stems. 'Honor' grows to 4
| ||'Easy Going'|
'Easy Going' is true to its name. Exceptionally easy to
grow, this floribunda rose flowers freely throughout the season,
bearing double golden yellow blooms with a touch of apricot. A vigorous
grower and highly disease-resistant, the plant has very glossy
deep-green leaves and a bushy habit that can reach 3 feet tall by 4
feet. wide. The blossoms have a light fruit scent. An outstanding
| ||'Purple Heart'|
'Purple Heart' is a free-flowering floribunda rose
whose blossoms have a fragrance of cloves and other spices. The blooms
turn a deeper purple in color when temperatures are cool. The plant is
vigorous, bushy, rounded and of medium height.
| ||'Belinda's Dream'|
Introduced in 1992, 'Belinda's Dream' is considered a
superb landscape rose by virtue of its vigor, high disease resistance,
and large, fragrant, double pink blossoms that appear in flushes of
bloom from spring to frost. The plant grows 3-6 feet tall and 3-4 feet
wide. It performs beautifully as a specimen plant, shrub, hedge, or mass
planting and is also good for cut flowers.
| ||'Burgundy Iceberg'|
The 'Burgundy Iceberg' floribunda rose, introduced in
2007, is beloved by gardeners for its glossy-green foliage and
especially abundant production of showy clusters of flowers in
deep-purple-burgundy with cream highlights. The plant has a neat
rounded, bushy habit. Seemingly always in bloom, it grows to 3 feet tall
with a similar spread. 'Burgundy Icebert' works beautifully as a
specimen plant in the garden or massed in the landscape.
'Peace' is believed to be the all-time most famous and most
successful rose. A hybrid tea, its blossoms are 5-6 inches
in width, sweetly fragrant, contain 40 petals, and are golden yellow in
color with blushing pink edging. The plant grows 4-6 feet tall with a
24-inch spread. Note:
Originally named 'Madame A. Meilland' the name 'Peace' was requested by
its developer, French horticulturist Francis Meilland, as a more
enduring appellation. The new name was announced on April 29, 1945, the day Berlin
surrendered to the Allies in World War II.
| ||'Cinco de Mayo'|
The 'Cinco de Mayo' rose is as festive as its name says. An
offspring of the famed 'Julia Child' rose, this floribunda rose provides
a profusion of flower clusters all season long. The blossoms are a
unique smoky red-orange with a scent of fresh apple and the foliage
glossy green with dark red new growth. Other virtues include a rounded,
bushy habit that makes it superb for hedges and landscape plantings and
very high disease resistance. The plant grows 3-4 feet tall with a
| ||'Pope John Paul II'|
Debuted by Jackson & Perkins to honor the late John Paul II, this rose features pristine white blossoms with a crisp, clean, citrusy fragrance. This hybrid tea rose also features deep green, glossy leaves and grows upright to 5 feet tall. Note: With high test-garden ratings in every category, 'Pope John Paul II' is praised by a great many rose aficionados as "the best white
Gardeners love the 'Vavoom' floribunda rose for its
glowing bright orange color, glossy green leaves, and mahogany red new
growth, whith put it easily among the cheeriest and most striking roses
to be found in gardens or landscapes. The plant grows to 3 feet tall and
as wide, with a neat rounded, compact habit. Bonus: the blossoms have a strong, fruity, citrus fragrance.
| ||'St. Patrick'|
'St. Patrick' gets its name from its most curious
coloration: as temperatures rise, its chartreuse blossoms take on a
green cast. This hybrid tea rose has silvery-green foliage and grows to 5
feet tall and 3 feet wide. Bonus: The flowers make superb cut flowers.
'Sunstruck' is a highly appealing hybrid tea rose with
large blooms a pale apricot in color and foliage of a very deep green.
The plant grows upright and reaches 4-5 feet tall. The double blossoms
have a moderate, fruity fragrance. The rose gets its name from a bright
yellow fan pattern on the back of each petal.
'Voluptuous' is a lush hybrid tea rose with dark green
foliage and satiny, fuchsia-pink blossoms with asweet fragrance. Tall
and upright, it grows to 5 feet tall. Note: This was the Jackson & Perkins Rose of the Year in 2005.
| ||'Distant Drums'|
'Distant Drums' is a vigorous modern shrub rose that,
amazingly, produces clusters of reddish-purple double blossoms that open
to reveal beautiful apricot centers. Flowers may change color
unpredictably as they age. The foliage is dark green and the plant grows
upright 2-5 feet tall and as wide. Said to be highly susceptible to
disease and pests, it will do well if given the right controls.
'Moondance' is a lovely floribunda rose that was an
All-America Rose in 2007. It features large clusters of prestine white
double blossoms on 14-18-inch stems, and the blooms have a rich
raspberry fragrance. Glossy dark green foliage makes a dramatic
background for the white flowers. The plant is vigorous and grows 5-6
'Scentimental' stands out vividly in the garden with its red and white variegation, and it has other charms as well. A free-blooming floribunda rose, it bears 4-inch-wide blossoms with a sweet spice fragrance and also provides luxuriantly rich, glossy green foliage. It grows to 4 feet tall and 3 1/2 feet wide. 'Scentimental' is the first striped rose to be named an All-America Rose Selection. The photo at right shows how striking it is when viewed from any perspective.
'Starina' is a miniature rose with glossy green leaves
and an abundance of red-orange blossoms each about an inch wide. The
plant can grow to 24 inches tall and as wide, making it excellent for
low borders and mass plantings in the landscape. Disease resistance is
very high. Note: 'Starina' also has the distinction of being the American Rose Society's highest-rated miniature rose.
| ||'Crimson Bouquet'|
'Crimson Bouquet' is a grandiflora rose famed for producing a
great abundance of bright red blossoms on glossy, deep green foliage.
The plant grows to 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall and is unusually
vigorous, highly disease resistant, and extra cold-hardy. An All America
Rose Selection in 2000, it does beautifully in the Ozarks.
'Shockwave' is a floribunda rose with very glossy green foliage and an abundance of beautiful blossoms so yellow they fairly glow in the garden. The blooms are mildly fragrant and hold their color till they fall and the plant grows in a neat, rounded habit to 3 feet tall and as wide. Gorgeous in the garden or landscape, this rose is also especially attractive in containers.
| ||'Prairie Star'|
'Prairie Star' is a vigorous and highly engaging shrub rose with glossy green foliage and a great profusion of striking double blossoms white to very pale peach in color. The flowers also have a green apple scent and in cooler weather will take on a pink blush. The plant grows in a neatly rounded habit and in time can reach as tall as 4 feet with a similar spread.
| ||'Radiant Perfume'|
Jackson & Perkins calls the 'Radiant Perfume' Rose "Our most fragrant yellow rose ever, with an irresistible, strong citrus scent that's simply out of this world." To be sure, the blossoms of this hybrid tea are wonderfully fragrant and their color a cheery note in any garden. Unfortunately, the only photo we have so far is of this nearly spent bloom, but we hope to correct that this spring, as in full fettle the long-stemmed flowers are truly beautiful. 'Radiant Perfume' also has dark green, glossy foliage and grows to 4 feet tall with a 5-6 foot spread.
'Angel Face' is a floribunda rose that bears a great abundance of unusually lovely, ruffled rich-lavendar. semi-double blossoms with ruby blushes at the edges. The foliage is dark green and the plant grows to 3 feet tall and as wide. Bonuses: 'Angel Face' is exceptionally fragrant, and this remarkable rose also will do well with some shade.
| ||'Crystal Fairy'|
'Crystal Fairy' is a shrub rose that throughout the season bears a profusion of small, apple-scented, snow white blossoms that play well against its dark green, glossy leaves. Perfect especially for smaller gardens and containers, the plant has a nicely rounded growth habit and grows to 3-4 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
| ||What's In a Name?|
A little research revealed that we initially mislabeled
this rose, but because it's so pretty, we're leaving the picture here
until we identify it correctly. (If you know the variety, drop us an
e-mail, por favor.)