It's never too soon to start planning ahead in the garden. Eager rose lovers will be happy to learn that All-America Rose Selections has already released the names of its two 2011 award winners! AARS winners are roses that have excelled in an extensive 2 year trial program conducted in 23 gardens nationwide. Plants are judged on characteristics such as disease resistance, flower production, color, fragrance and the ability to thrive when given average home garden care.
One of this year's winners is the aptly named floribunda 'Walking on Sunshine,' which bears tight clusters of 3 to 3 1/2-inch, bright yellow blossoms on a four-foot tall, upright, rounded shrub. Its excellent disease resistance, profuse flower production and vigorous growth make it a great choice for both beginning and experienced rose gardeners. The blooms of this Jackson and Perkins introduction have a moderate, anise-like fragrance. Although no hardiness zone rating is given, most floribunda roses are hardy to Zone 5, even Zone 4 with some protection.
For more information on 'Walking on Sunshine,' along with the other 2011 AARS winner, the grandiflora 'Dick Clark,' as well as a link to a listing of the best roses for different areas of the country, go to: All-America Rose Selections.