Best Roses For 2007 Described

Allen D. Owings, Claesgens, Mark A.  |  1/11/2007 10:23:45 PM

Rainbow Knock Out is the newest color addition in the Knock Out rose varieties. It is a perfect accent to any garden.

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With the start of the new year comes the announcement of the All-America Rose Selections. AARS winners for 2007 are Rainbow Knock Out, Moondance and Strike It Rich.

Late winter and early spring is the perfect time to plant roses, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Allen Owings. Most retail garden centers have the best availability of rose varieties from February through April.

Rainbow Knock Out is the newest color addition to the Knock Out varieties. It is even more productive and disease-resistant than its famous parent. It is a bushy, compact landscape shrub rose with short stems bearing glossy, dark green leaves. Abundant blooms are single-form flowers that start as pointed buds and appear throughout the growing season. The delicate, 2-inch, five-petaled flowers are a deep coral-pink with a yellow center finishing nicely to light coral.

Rainbow Knock Out produces late for a lovely fall bloom. Although it does not exhibit a strong fragrance, the petals emit a delicate, sweetbriar scent.

"This rose is suitable for container growing in small spaces, reaches 4-5 feet tall and is a perfect accent to any garden," Owings says.

The Knock Out family includes the original variety (with cherry red flowers), Pink Knock Out, Blushing Knock Out and Double Knock Out (double form, cherry red flowers). Double Pink Knock Out debuts next fall.

Moondance is a floribunda rose characterized by large clusters of creamy white, beautifully formed flowers contrasted by very glossy, dark green foliage. Upright and well-branched, it is an extremely vigorous, tall plant with stems that are typically 14-18 inches long. Rose buds are pointed and oval, leading to high-centered flowers of about 25 petals each that open flat to more than 3 inches in diameter. Moondance has an exceptionally delightful, spicy fragrance for a white floribunda. Its impressive long stems can be arranged into an elegant bouquet for displaying in the home.

A modern version of the classic 1950 AARS award-winner Sutter’s Gold, Strike It Rich resembles its famous ancestor with its strong, spicy fragrance and elegant buds of deep golden-yellow swirled with ruby red. Owings says this contemporary cousin is much easier to grow because of its great disease-resistance and strong natural vigor. This true grandiflora bears loads of long-stemmed blossoms offset by very dark green leaves and unusual, deep red stems.

A medium-tall upright bush, Strike It Rich boasts clusters of awesome double and informal flowers that are up to 5 inches in diameter with about 30 petals each. The flowers are long-lived and retain their blend of gold, orange and red tones to the very end. The blooms are stunning in the landscape.

For related gardening and landscape information, click on the Lawn and Garden link at the LSU AgCenter Web site, Also, contact the county agent in your local parish LSU AgCenter office.


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