Roses forum: What are the five best performers in your rose gardens?

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2010 9:07 PM CST

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Mine are Bill Warriner, Flutterbye, Pure Poetry, First Kiss, and President Herbert Hoover. I'll detail them in separate posts with photos.

This is Bill Warriner.

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2010 9:12 PM CST

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Bill Warriner, a floribunda, was a Zary-Warriner collaborative effort. Helpmefind lists the introduction year as 1997, but a few years ago I ran into my 1995 invoice from J&P for this rose, so be sure to always take all of that HMF information with a grain of salt.

It was planted in full sun, but my neighbors subsequently let an ugly scrub oak seedlling grow into a big ugly scrub oak tree, so now it's pretty much in full shade. In spite of that, it blooms constantly and abundantly.


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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2010 9:19 PM CST

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Flutterbye is a Carruth shrub that grows almost as tall as some climbers, but it's much wider than a climber. I prune it heavily in December, back to about 3 feet tall, to keep it under 8 feet for the rest of the year.

It's the rose on the left in this photo.



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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2010 9:22 PM CST

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Flutterbye has the added advantage of producing blooms of several colors. Here's a closeup of some of them.


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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2010 9:29 PM CST

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Pure Poetry is a Zary floribunda that grows quite large. It's mostly in the shade of a persimmon tree in my garden.


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Name: Zuzu
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Feb 3, 2010 9:34 PM CST

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First Kiss is a huge Warriner floribunda. It also has the best fragrance of any rose in my garden.


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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 3, 2010 9:40 PM CST

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President Herbert Hoover is a 1930 Coddington hybrid tea, a Pernetiana, and it's also the oldest rose in my garden. It's grown in three of my gardens and it's the only rose I dig up and move with the rest of my stuff.


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Name: melva wheeler
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melva
Feb 4, 2010 12:34 AM CST
The 5 best performers for me are:

Old Blush
Camellia Rose
Perle d' Or
Perle des Jardin
Smiths Parish


I will hunt around for pictures...here is Old Blush not the best picture, I will look for more.
Old Blush is a China Rose...blooms off and on, all summer....more 'on' than 'off'

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melva
Feb 4, 2010 12:40 AM CST
Camellia Rose is a china/noisette. From April-October it is rarely out of bloom.

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melva
Feb 4, 2010 12:45 AM CST
Perle d' Or...a polyantha it has lovely, peachy flowers that have a good scent.

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melva
Feb 4, 2010 12:55 AM CST
Perle des Jardin it is a tea rose. This has gotten to be a huge plant (huge, to me) the flowers are lovely, and if all is right...they open, and are gorgeous and smell wonderful. But if there is too much moisture in the air, the blossoms 'ball' and become yucky, sodden messes.
Despite the fact that the blooms often are not...I adore this rose!
Color is varied.. Mine are mostly a lemon sorbet.

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melva
Feb 4, 2010 1:00 AM CST
Smiths Parish is another tea rose...mine has gotten very large the flowers are usually white with a stripe of red or pink...and sometimes the flowers are a solid red or pink they don't seem to have much of a scent.

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 4, 2010 1:17 AM CST

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Great! You found photos of all of them. Thanks, Melva.
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Hemophobic
Feb 4, 2010 6:53 AM CST
Please make a note about fragrance, too, please? Melva, I noted 2 of yours have fragrance, but Zu, do any of your favs smell divine?
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2010 7:57 AM CST
This is a great forum idea! There are roses that grow just about anywhere on the planet, but finding those that are happy in some areas can be quite the challenge, often entailing lots of trial and error. Kentucky is "blessed" with the hot, muggy summers of the south, often accompanied with cold winters, 2 of the big challenges in rose culture. Nonetheless there are lots of wonderful Roses out there that thrive happily under these conditions!

These 2 have been an absolute joy in my garden, Leontine Gervais climbing on the pole, and Ballerina. LG has a soft, sweet fragrance, that has become more noticeable as the plant has gotten larger and produced masses of blooms. Ballerina has no scent that I've detected.

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2010 8:06 AM CST
'Erfurt' grows and blooms like a dream for me. Not much fragrance, but oh so reliable.

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2010 8:20 AM CST
'Red Cascade' has been tough and reliable for me, and almost always has blooms.

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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2010 8:27 AM CST
I think the last on my top 5 list would be 'The Fairy', she blooms nonstop and requires no effort. Runners up would include 'Seafoam', 'Carefree Beauty', 'Red Fairy', 'Oso Easy Strawberry Crush', and the 'Knockout' series.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 4, 2010 1:39 PM CST

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Neal, so good to see you here. It's like old home week.

Angie, I rarely pay attention to fragrance. I have noticed the fragrance of First Kiss only because it wafts out at me from the bush as I walk by and it's delicious!
Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Feb 4, 2010 2:58 PM CST
I really can't participate in this as I only have a few roses that have been in the ground for more than a year... but, the ones that survived for me are:

GingerSnap

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