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Coming up Roses

Author: Lori A. Johnson
Issue: February, 2017, Page 128
Photos by Lori A. Johnson
miracle on the hudson
(Rosa ‘Miracle on the Hudson’)

Type: Perennial

Blooms: Red; spring through fall

Size: 3-5'H by 3-4'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full to partial sun

Water needs: Moderate; regular use of supplemental water or irrigation required

Maintenance: Feed monthly throughout the growing season, reducing the concentration of the fertilizer in the hottest months. Be careful not to overwater.

Attracts: Bees, insects

Note:  Named for the heroic landing of US Airways Flight 1549, this recently introduced shrub rose has prolific blooms, heat tolerance, cold hardiness and disease resistance.

Why we like it: These medium-sized roses in a flat bloom shape with relatively few petals are ideal for growing in the low desert. The showy, mildly fragrant blossoms also make excellent cut flowers for arrangements.



angel face
(Rosa ‘Angel Face’)

Type: Perennial

Blooms: Mauve-to- lavender; spring and fall

Size: 3-4'H by 3-4'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full to partial sun

Water needs: Moderate­­

Maintenance: Prune in late winter; water deeply, but keep soil moist rather than wet; starting in spring, apply fertilizer every four to six weeks throughout the growing season. Plant bare-root roses in January
or February.

Attracts: Bees, insects

Note:  Compact in size, ‘Angel Face’ is suitable for containers where space is limited and can be trained in either a standard shrub or tree form.

Why we like it: These ruffled blooms make excellent long-lasting cut flowers for use in arrangements and are highly fragranced with a sweet, fruity scent.



my granny
(Rosa ‘My Granny’)

Type: Perennial

Blooms: Pink-to-white; spring through fall

Size: 2-3'H by 4-6'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full sun

Water needs: Moderate­­

Maintenance: Fertilize regularly throughout the growing season, and add mulch around the base to help cool the roots and retain moisture during the summer.

Attracts: Bees, insects

Note:  This spreading floribunda shrub, with its lush green foliage and prolific clusters of small- to medium- sized florets with high petal count, is both shade-tolerant and disease-resistant.

Why we like it: Versatile, cascading blooms are ideal when used as ground cover or as a border. Can also be grown in containers, with large, heavy clusters of roses draping gracefully over the sides. ‘My Granny’ produces little or no fragrance.



rio samba
(Rosa ‘Rio Samba’)

Type: Perennial

Blooms: Yellow bicolor; spring through fall

Size: 4-6'H by 3-4'W

Soil: Well-drained

Light: Full to partial sun

Water needs: Moderate­­

Maintenance: Plant bare-root roses or prune established plants in January or February. Deadhead spent blooms throughout the early summer. Spider mites and other pests should be hosed off with water.

Attracts: Bees, insects

Note:  This disease-resistant hybrid tea rose with cup-shaped flowers, high petal count and large 4-6" bloom size, was introduced in the early ’90s. As with most low-desert roses, peak blooms occur in spring and fall. 

Why we like it: The large, vibrant yellow-to-scarlet blossoms that darken to red with age add stunning visual impact to the garden. They have a slight fragrance and make excellent cut flowers.


Other Favorites: Barbra Streisand rose (Rosa ‘Barbra Streisand’), Chihuly rose (R. ‘Chihuly’), Double Delight rose (R. ‘Double Delight’), Fragrant Cloud rose (R. ‘Fragrant Cloud’), Mister Lincoln rose (R. ‘Mister Lincoln’) ‘Red Intuition’ rose (R. ‘Red Intuition’)
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