Choosing Roses for Your Region

By Charlie Nardozzi

The All-America Rose Selections (AARS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the introduction and promotion of award-winning roses. For 70 years they have trialed rose varieties across the country and bestowed the AARS-Winner label on the best performers.

Now the AARS has created a new program to help gardeners select the best roses to grow in their regions. Recognizing that rose varieties are often best suited to a particular climate, AARS has rolled out the AARS Region's Choice Awards for different geographical areas. For 2008 they have started with three western regions and have selected some roses best adapted to those climates. For the Northern California and Pacific Northwest region, some of the top rose varieties are 'About Face', 'Carefree Wonder', 'Cherry Parfait', and 'Crimson Bouquet'. For Southern California and the Southwest, choices include 'Hot Cocoa', 'Julia Child', 'Opening Night', and 'Secret'. For the Rocky Mountain Region, 'Carefree Delight', 'Hot Cocoa', 'Memorial Day', and 'Scentimental' were some of the winners.

AARS is expecting to roll out Region's Choice rose selections for the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast in 2009. For a complete list of AARS Region's Choice rose varieties for these three regions, go to: All-America Rose Selections Region's Choice Program.

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