Sunday, May 28, 2006

The Best Roses for Florida

The Orlando Sentinel published a list of favorite roses from the Central Florida Rose Society. The criteria included:
  • Continual bloom (good luck!)
  • Floriferous
  • Disease resistance
  • Relatively carefree (I have no idea what that could mean – all roses here have roughly the same needs.)
Here goes the list, with the top seed in bold:

Hybrid Tea
  • Double Delight
  • Mr. Lincoln (I grow it – a very vigorous, wonderful plant.)
  • Veteran’s Honor
  • St. Patrick (An excellent, very upright narrow bush with tight buds. The best rose for cutting, lasting a remarkable week or more.)
  • Elina
  • Loise Estes
  • Bride’s Dream
  • Gemini
  • Moonstone
  • The McCartney Rose
Shrub Roses
  • Knock Out (I grow both the original cherry red and a very pretty light pink sport. First-rate landscaping rose, seemingly immune to black spot (not just resistant to it). Low water needs.)
  • Belinda’s Dream
  • Dortmund (A Kordes rose. Reputedly very disease resistant. I’ve not seen it for sale on Fortuniana rootstock, though.)
English Roses
  • Abraham Darby (A standout in my garden, too.)
  • Heritage
  • The Prince
  • Charlotte
  • The Dark Lady
  • Graham Thomas
  • Molineux
Grandiflora
  • Gold Medal (I bought under the name of AROyqueli. It was so diseased and stunted I got it for $1.50. So far, it’s doing well, but not many blooms.)
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Cherry Parfait
  • Tournament of Roses
Miniature Roses
  • Bees Knees
  • Butter Cream
  • Fairhope
  • Jean Kenneally
  • Jeanne Lajoie
  • Figurine
  • Miss Flippins
  • Kristin
  • Pierrine
Climbing Roses
  • Don Juan (An exceptional, vigorous, disease-tolerant rose. Don Juan is an oddity: At any point, it will have all stages of flowers, from new shoots, to bud to blown. The vast majority of roses go through cycles of bloom, where all the flowers are roughly in the same stage of bloom.)
  • Prosperity (Another great recommendation. Extremely vigorous and disease resistant.)
  • Fourth of July
  • Cecile Brunner (Very vigorous, growing on its own rootstock. I bought mine for $4.50 from Seminole Springs Nursery. I planted mine a few months ago, and though it hasn’t bloomed, it’s already mounted my six-foot fence.)
  • Altissimo
  • Clotilde Soupert
  • Red Cascade (I’d classify this as a rambling miniature rose. Perfect tiny red blooms. It grows very well in a small cage or tripod. Floriferous and the toughest rose I’ve ever grown.)
  • Champney’s Pink Cluster (Bred by Champney in South Carolina. It’s the parent of the Blush Noisette and all the innumerable offspring of that rose.)
  • Marechal Niel
Old Garden Roses: I grow many of these, all of them purchased from Seminole Springs Nursey.
  • Louis Phillippe
  • Mrs. B. R. Cant
  • Souvenir de la Malmaison
  • Mutabilis (There’s a wonderful example of this rose growing at Freedom Playground here in DeLand.)
  • Pink Pet
  • Blush Noisette
  • Duchesse de Brabant
  • Paul Neyron
  • Cramoisi Superieur
Floribunda Roses
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Iceberg (My first rose!)
  • Playgirl
  • Sun Flare
  • Miss Ada
  • Hannah Gordon
  • Betty Boop
  • Europeana
  • French Lace

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the information! We moved to FL from PA and I am new to the FL soil! I love flowers, perennials and roses and it is good to know which thrive in this weather.