All-American Rose Selections


Each year a number of new rose varieties are chosen as All-American Rose Selection (AARS) winners. Roses that are selected have undergone a two-year trial at sites across the country. The selected roses must not only be beautiful but also must be easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of climates. The selections for 1999 are an eclectic mix of forms with a little spunk and spice for good measure.

'Betty Boop'

This rose isn't a cartoon character but has the same sparkle and spunk as its namesake. This floribunda rose has semi-double flowers of yellow and ivory edged in lipstick red with a fruity fragrance. 'Betty Boop' is a good landscape rose with a naturally rounded habit. Plants flower with abandon without deadheading or shaping. The foliage emerges a dark red, but eventually turns to a deep green.


The coral and orange flowers of this grandiflora rose will easily light up any garden. This three- to four-foot-tall rose produces a profuse display of four-inch, lightly scented flowers that flicker brightly against the dark green, disease resistant foliage. 'Candelabra' blooms repeatedly throughout the summer assuring the flame will remain until fall.

'Fourth of July'

Like a fireworks display, the flowers of the 'Fourth of July' climbing rose reach skyward with an explosion of vibrant colors. The 10- to 14-foot canes burst with patriotic red and white striped flowers. The showers of sweetly scented blossoms are repeated all summer long. 'Fourth of July' is the premiere honoree out of the AARS new 3-year trial for climbing roses.


This three- to four-foot-tall, landscape shrub rose produces an abundance of blooms in a myriad of colors. The flowers start out with tan and lavender petals that gradually fade to lavender pink toward the edges of each petal. The changing mixture of colors created by the blossoms is reminiscent of the color variations in a kaleidoscope, hence the name. The flowers are also sweetly scented with a fragrance similar to a damask rose. The glossy green foliage provides a complimentary background to the flowers.

This article originally appeared in the February 5, 1999 issue, p. 9.


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