The "perfect" rose may never be bred, according to Dr. Walter E. Lammerts, noted rose breeder and father of the grandiflora rose. He goes on to state, however, that any new variety gets a step closer to that ideal flower. Early rose breeding efforts, in part because they pre-dated Gregor Mendel’s research, were haphazard and produced limited varieties. In the late 19th century, with expanded trade opportunities and greater knowledge of genetics, rose hybridization took off and produced, among others, the first hybrid tea roses. New rose varieties are now introduced to the market at a staggering pace, making it challenging to choose just one or two for the home rose garden.
Summer of Love
Hybridized by Jackson & Perkins, Summer of Love was introduced in fall 2009. A hybrid tea variety that grows 6 feet tall, Summer of Love blooms have peach centers that turn light pink and graduate to dark pink edges. This is a highly fragrant repeat-bloomer with few thorns. Summer of Love blooms on old wood so it’s best to prune immediately after blooming. Hybrid tea roses, although considered modern roses, have been around since the 1860s and are the preferred rose in the floral industry.
Easy Does It
Bred in England, Easy Does It, a floribunda variety, is the 2010 All-America Rose Selections award winner. Floribundas are known for their fabulous colors and Easy Does It is no exception, flowering in a color that is a mix of apricot, peach and mango, according to rose expert Dick Streeper. Floribunda roses bloom in clusters of flowers, with some canes so full of flowers that they resemble an entire bouquet. The Easy Does It is shorter than a hybrid tea, with smaller flowers.
Hybridized by award-winning rose breeder Tom Carruth of Weeks Roses, Candyland is a climbing rose with double blooms in pink with cream, sometimes yellow stripes. Flower clusters are large. Trained to a trellis, Candyland can grow to 6 feet in height and spread 15 feet. If you are planning a cottage garden you know the importance of climbing roses to the theme and Candyland can add a touch of whimsy and color.