Irene Virag's Garden Party

I'm Irene Virag -- a writer, a gardener, a cancer survivor. I think ideas are like plants. They need nurturing to grow. And gardeners share both. So welcome to my blog. It’s all about what’s happening in my garden and beyond.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Winning Roses

If you're a rose, winning the All-America Rose Selections award is like winning the Miss America title -- except you don't have to put up with Donald Trump. The AARS medal means you've got both style and substance. The 2007 winners include a new Knock Out shrub rose by Bill Radler -- this one is Rainbow Knock Out -- as well as a white wonder named Moondance and a golden beauty called Strike It Rich. Here they are:

Rainbow Knock Out Class: Landscape Shrub Rose
Shape: Round and bushy
Foliage: Dark green with a sheen
Hardiness: Zone 4 with a mulch blanket in winter
Flowers: 2-inch, 5-petaled coral pink blooms with yellow centers
Special Talents: Resists black spot, powdery mildew and rust; blooms all season, showing off colorful hips in late fall
Introduced by: The Conard Pyle Co.


Class: Floribunda
Shape: Tall, upright and well-branched
Foliage: Glossy dark green
Hardiness: Zone 4 with winter protection
Flowers:Oval-shaped buds give way to big, 3 1/2-inch creamy white 25-petaled blooms
Special Talents: Disease resistant; spicy scent
Introduced by: Jackson & Perkins

Strike It Rich Class: Grandiflora
Shape: Bushy and upstanding
Foliage: Dark green leaves with red stems
Hardiness: Zone 4 with a winter blanket
Flowers: Elegantly pointed buds open into showy 30-petaled flowers in shades of gold, orange and red
Special Talents: Disease resistant; strong spicy fragrance; long-lived flowers perfect for bouquets
Introduced by: Weeks Roses

And here's a sneak peek at one of the winners for 2008, when All-America Rose Selections celebrates its 70th anniversary:

Mardi Gras

Class: Floribunda

Shape: Well-branched, hedge-like

Foliage: Dark semi-glossy green

Hardiness: Zone 5

Flowers: 4-inch yellow-orange blossoms turn pink

Special Talents: Disease resistant, easy to grow, super floriferous, peppery scent, grows into a hedge

Introduced by: Jackson & Perkins

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are beautiful photographs of roses. I love looking at these winners!


6/14/2007 6:05 AM  

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