There are literally hundreds of rose varieties available for gardeners to plant. In order to help us choose the best ones, the All-America Rose Selections organization tests new varieties for two years in trial gardens across the country. The roses are evaluated by professional rosarians on a variety of factors, such as growth habit, flower production, flower color, fragrance, and disease resistance. Winning varieties receive the prestigious AARS award.
For 2006, four new roses made the grade. 'Julia Child' rose is as warm and spicy as her namesake. This disease-resistant floribunda bush produces a yellow bloom with an antique flower shape and licorice candy scent.
'Rainbow Sorbet' is a multi-colored yellow rose with pink edges. This upright-growing floribunda is winter hardy and exceptionally resistant to black spot disease.
'Wild Blue Yonder' is a uniquely colored shrub rose featuring reddish purple, single flowers with a citrus scent.
The only hybrid tea rose in this year's winners is 'Tahitian Sunset', with orange-yellow flower buds that open into 5-inch-diameter, apricot-pink, anise-scented flowers.
For more information on these AARS-winning roses, go to: All-America Rose Selections.