Three roses have been tested across the United States and selected as the 2004 All-American Rose Selection Winners. With these roses, their names say it all.
The first rose winner is the color of a sunrise. Day Breaker has 4-inch-wide, yellow, pink, and apricot blended flowers and is moderately fragrant. Each plant is upright and rounded and grows to 3 feet tall and wide. The compact and carefree habit of this floribunda rose would be an easy way to wake up the garden this summer.
You would expect a strong fragrance from a rose with "perfume" in the name. And Honey Perfume lives up to its name with a spicy fragrance. The 4-inch diameter apricot yellow flowers won't disappoint the eyes either. Taking into consideration that this floribunda rose grows to 3 1/2 feet tall and is resistant to rust and powdery mildew, is it any wonder it won this year's coveted rose award?
When you name a rose after a holiday, it better live up to its name. Memorial Day does just that with huge 5-inch diameter flowers of clear pink with lavender highlights. Each flower is strongly scented and contains as many as 50 ruffled petals on each long stem. With its 5 foot tall, upright habit and constant summer blooms, this hybrid tea rose is sure to be a rose we won't soon forget.
Roses perform best in full sun with fertile, well-drained soils. Regular water, weeding, fertilizing, deadheading, and spraying may be needed for best performance in the garden. All three roses mentioned above should be protected during the winter to ensure winter survival. These roses should be available at your local garden centers and through many mail-order companies.
This article originally appeared in the 4/16/2004 issue.