Allen D. Owings | 4/21/2005 10:57:25 PM
Those AARS winners are DayDream, Elle, About Face and Lady Elsie May.
DayDream is a low-growing compact landscape shrub rose. The plant normally is considerably smaller than other popular landscape shrub roses. Flowers are fuschia-pink. Foliage is glossy and deep green. DayDream's neat, round habit makes it an appropriate choice for a variety of garden situations. It is being introduced by Bailey Nurseries. Other popular landscape shrub roses for Louisiana include Knock Out, Carefree Delight and Carefree Wonder.
Elle has a hybrid tea growth habit that produces shell-pink flowers with deep yellow undertones. The dark glossy foliage provides a nice contrast to the soft, non-fading flower. Flowers bloom on 10-inch to 14-inch stems and are 4 inches to 5 inches wide, with a petal count of 50 to 55. Elle is being introduced by The Conard Pyle Company-Star Roses.
About Face is a grandiflora rose with a very novel "backwards" bicolor whose light color of deep golden yellow is carried on the inside of the petals with a darker bronzy orange-red backside. Individual plants are vigorous with long stems. Flowers are up to 5 inches in diameter and have a mild, fresh apple fragrance. About Face is being introduced by Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower.
An upright, spreading shrub rose, Lady Elsie May has a vigorous, uniform growth habit and excellent disease resistance. Flowers are coral pink and grow in clusters on strong 12-inch to 20-inch cutting stems. Each flower is approximately 3 1/2 inches to 4 inches wide and has 12 to 14 petals. Flowers have a slight fragrance, and foliage is dark green. Lady Elsie May is being introduced by Angelica Nurseries.
Owing says February through the spring is the best time to plant roses. You can view AARS winners from past years at the three affiliated display gardens in Louisiana. They are located at Burden Center in Baton Rouge, the American Rose Center in Shreveport and the Botanical Gardens at City Park in New Orleans.
For related topics, look for Gardening and Get It Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com. Additional yard and garden topics are available from an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office.