Happy Rose New Year to all! The 2021 season was exceptional, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Thanks to you, every category did well. The good news: roses remain highly popular. On-line sales and demand, in general, have made it difficult for growers to fill all orders. 2022 will have similar issues. That said, we have curated a fresh list of splendid new entries, as well as welcoming some old friends back. And some roses are so worthy, yet difficult to find, we are propagating a few ourselves, just to keep these varieties available.
Our list for 2022 reflects recommended varieties for Pacific Northwest gardens in categories of Modern, English, Climbers, Old Fashioned, Rugosa, Ground covers, Miniature, and Tree standards. Offering well over 500 varieties, nearly 100 are new or returning.
Coming to us from David Austin, ‘Emily Bronte’ is a nearly thornless, heavily fragrant apricot-pink rose with neat, almost flat blooms on a healthy, upright shrub. ‘Tottering by Gently’, also an English rose, is a cheery yellow single Hybrid Musk type with golden stamens, carried on large sprays. Pollinators love singles!
English-style garden roses have proven themselves so popular, many hybridizers have gotten on board. From Certified Roses, ‘Cathedral Bells’ is a lilac pink upright shrub with quartered blooms saturated with old rose fragrance.
Joining our sub-list of dependable Kordes roses this year is ‘Tupelo Honey’, with butterscotch-yellow blooms against dark green foliage, in a globular shape reminiscent of English roses.
Our friends at Weeks roses are also offering the grandiflora ‘Pop Art’ as an “English-inspired” rose. The flowers are pastel-pink and yellow striped with a strong fruity and citrus scent.
And lastly, from Weeks as well, ‘Chantilly Cream’, a classic Hybrid Tea, in shades of rich cream and pale butter yellow. This rose combines a zesty citrus scent with strong disease resistance in a shade that tends to ‘play well with most other colors.
With all these terrific new roses to evaluate, Summer can’t come soon enough.
Cheers, Nancy Stewart