This season 11 new roses make their debut. Availability and planting
times depend on your region. In mild-winter areas, set our bare-root
plants in January and February. In cold-winter regions, plant in March,
April, or May.
Hybrid teas–the classic roses for bouquets–have large blooms,
usually one to each long stem. Grandifloras are similar to hybrid teas
but produce large flowers in clusters. Floribundas are lower, more
compact bushes that develop masses of somewhat smaller flowers.
Unless otherwise noted, the following roses are widely available in
‘Blue Ribbon’. Hybrid tea with fragrant lilac-blue
flowers. Strong stems, excellent for cutting. Upright bush; large,
semiglossy, medium green leaves. Available by mail from American Beauty
Roses, Box 1758, Peoria, Ill. 61656. Write for free catalog.
‘Corpus Christi’. Hybrid tea bears large, deep red,
brilliant flowers with unusually wide petals; mild fragrance. Strong,
straight stems; dark green leaves.
‘Climbing Double Delight’. Climbing form of popular
hybrid tea. Fragrant flowers have cream-white centers becoming red at
margins. Vigorous canes grow to 8 feet long, flowering best if trained
‘Dream Cloud’. Floribunda with coral to dark salmon pink
flowers; barely fragrant. Tall, vigorous, nearly thornless bush; large
medium green leaves.
‘Las Vegas’. Hybrid tea with distinctive bicolor flowers: orange-yellow buds open to petals that are orange on top,
yellow on bottom; slightly fragrant. Medium-tall bush; glossy green
‘Milestone’. Vigorous hybrid tea with scarlet-rose buds
opening to coral pink flowers with near-white center. Flowers darken to
deep coral red in strong light. Slight fragrance. Strong stems. Leaves
are maroon at first, becoming glossy dark green.
‘Miss Liberte’. Hybrid tea with deep orange buds opening
to coral red flowers; minimal fragrance. Medium-height bush; glossy
dark green leaves. Well adapted to hot-summer areas. Mail order only
from American Beauty Roses (address above).
‘Risque’. Grandiflora bears medium-size flowers with
petals orange-red inside, bright straw outside; slight fragrance.
‘Showbiz’. Floribunda with brilliant red, lightly
scented flowers. Glossy dark green leaves; disease resistant. Bush
grows about 3 feet tall. Only All-America Rose Selection for 1985.
‘Silver Spoon’. Hybrid tea with large lavender flowers;
barely scented. Tall-growing, vigorous plant.