The top picks in roses for 2000 combine fragrance, beauty, disease resistance, and flower power to shine into the next century.
It is only fitting that Gemini, the hybrid-tea rose selection for 2000, would have double blossoms and shine like the constellation bearing its name. This classic hybrid-tea rose was bred for elegant flowers and disease resistance. The coral-on-cream coloring of the 4- to 5-inch flowers intensifies as they mature. The flowers shine brightly against the healthy dark green foliage. It is also fitting that one of the parents for this rose is named New Year.
For a real one-two punch, the new rose Knock-Out really delivers. This breakthrough shrub rose boasts single, florescent cherry-red blossoms on a maintenance free 3 by 3 foot shrub. Plants bloom continuously from spring to fall. The lightly scented flowers are displayed against a backdrop of glossy green foliage tinged with purple and burgundy. Knock-Out puts power behind the punch with disease resistance other roses only dream about. For a real champion in roses, check out Knock-Out.
While the name may not seem as inspiring as the other AARS winners, don't overlook Crimson Bouquet. As the name implies, this vigorous grandiflora rose produces large quantities of bright red blossoms ready for picking. The rounded plant grows to 4 feet tall by 3 feet in width and is covered with glossy, deep green leaves. The floral qualities along with superior disease resistance and cold hardiness make Crimson Bouquet a dream for 2000 and beyond.
This article originally appeared in the January 14, 2000 issue, p. 4.