Roses forum: Mini Rose Choices

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
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Feb 17, 2010 7:55 AM CST
I thought I would post this list with descriptions. Which do you grow and like? Most will be offered for sale at our local Calgary Mini Rose Sale and it's always good to make a wish list before the sale.

ANGEL DARLING Semi-double lavender flowers with ruffled edges. Light fragrance. Vigorous grower.
BABY BOOMER Award Winner. Large exhibition blooms of medium pink. Mild fragrance. Good cut flower.
BEHOLD Award Winner. Bright yellow flowers of good form. Shiny green foliage.
CARAMEL KISSES Unique color of caramel buds opening to lavender pink flowers. Always in bloom.
CARROT TOP Bright vermilion-orange blooms. Always in flower. Light fragrance
DOROLA Award Winner. Large unfading bright yellow blooms. Good form. Glossy foliage.
FLOWER POWER Very double peachy-salmon flowers. Spicy fragrance. Always in bloom.
GALAXY Deep velvety red flowers. Flowers very well. Good in pots.
HEARTBREAKER Cream with a deep pink edge. Exhibition form. Light fragrance.
HOLY TOLEDO Award Winner. Brilliant shades of apricot-orange. Excellent exhibition form. Vigorous.
HOT TAMALE Award Winner. Striking flowers of yellow-orange fading to yellow-pink. Exhibition form.
INCOGNITO Unique dusty mauve flowers with yellow reverse. Exhibition form. Light fragrance
LAVENDER CRYSTAL Large very double flowers of lavender-pink. Very fragrant.
LIGHTS OF BROADWAY Award Winner. Flowers yellow edged in red. Very showy. Exhibition form.
LITTLE ARTIST Very showy flowers of various shades of red with a white eye. Semi-double, glossy foliage.
LOVING TOUCH Large flowers of soft apricot. Excellent exhibition form. Very showy.
ORANGE STARINA Light orange flowers. Exhibition form. Always in flower.
PARTY LIGHTS Bright coral flowers with cream reverse. Mild spicy fragrance. Fully double.
RAINBOW’S END Award Winner. Bright yellow flowers edged red. Very showy. Excellent exhibition form.
RASPBERRY PUNCH Bright raspberry-pink blooms in sprays. Flowers well.
STARINA Showy orange-red blooms. Perfect exhibition form. A top rated miniature.
SUN SPRINKLES Award Winner. Bright yellow flowers, exhibition form. Upright habit. Spicy fragrance.
SWEET CAROLINE Exhibition-form flowers of white edged in red. Very showy. Strong plant.
SWEET FAIRY Very double clear pink flowers. Very fragrant. Moderately compact with delicate foliage.
TRACEY WICKHAM Flowers bright yellow edged in red. Strong grower. Very fragrant.
X-RATED White flowers edged in coral-pink. Good fragrance. Exhibition form, strong plant.
YOUNG CALE Bright vermilion-orange flowers in clusters. Excellent in containers. Always in bloom.


CL. JEANNE LAJOIE Award Winner. Well formed buds of rich pink. Very showy. To 4 ft. or more. Fragrant.
CL. LAURA FORD Flowers medium yellow aging with pink flushes. Fruity fragrance. To 6 ft. or more.
CL. NICE DAY Flowers salmon-pink. Blooms in large clusters. Fragrant. To 5 ft. or more.
CL. ROLLER COASTER Semi-double red & white striped flowers. Every bloom different. To 6 ft. or more.
CL. SNOWFALL Flowers white, can be tinged pink. Profuse bloom. Vigorous to 5 ft. or more.
CL. WARM WELCOME Flowers semi-double orange-red. Fragrant. To 5 ft. or more.
CL. WORK OF ART Flowers orange with yellow reverse. Exhibition form. To 5 ft. or more.
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
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Feb 17, 2010 4:38 PM CST


My favorites from this list are Heartbreaker, Hot Tamale, Incognito, Little Artist, Sweet Caroline, X-Rated, and climbing Work of Art.

Little Artist is particularly wonderful and much harder to find than it should be. It's one of McGredy's handpainted roses and looks very much like a mini Old Master.

I've avoided buying Caramel Kisses because I've heard it's so prone to disease and pests that it rarely looks good. I've always been drawn to the colors, though, so I might buy it this year anyway.

Jeanne LaJoie is good if you want to fill a big, big space. It wouldn't be happy in a container smaller than a half-barrel.
Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana - Zone 8b/9a (Zone 8b)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Herbs Garden Art
Daylilies Irises Clematis Roses Region: Louisiana
Feb 21, 2010 3:39 PM CST
I have Flower Power, Incognito, Little Artist, Rainbow's End, Jeanne LaJoie and Work of Art from your list. They've all been good performers for me... but then my climate is so different from yours that it really doesn't give you a lot of info! (But maybe it will help someone else reading this thread...)

Evey =)
~Evey =)

"Grow where you are planted." - My gpa
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Pocono Mountains, PA
Mar 4, 2010 6:44 PM CST
I really like the pictures of climbing rainbow's end. I planted one last year, but it is too soon for photos and a review.

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