POINT DEFIANCE ROSE
By Margaret Leisner,
Neil Diamond is certain to be a big hit at the Point
Defiance Rose Garden this summer! No, not the Hall
of Fame singer, but one of the many new roses we can
look forward to enjoying in 2015.
The Point Defiance Rose Garden Advisory Committee
met earlier this year and, after reviewing the
entire garden, purchased the following roses from
local nurseries, using funds from previous garden
sales. Three of each cultivar were purchased unless
otherwise noted and many are fragrant and/or
resistant to disease.
Check these out; they may be just what you would
like to add to your own garden:
‘Philatelie’ is raspberry red
with white stripes and produces large double blooms;
grows to 5 feet in height.
‘Dee-Lish’ is deep pink with an old fashioned
flower form. It has a strong fragrance of verbena
and citrus and is disease resistant. It was featured
on the cover of the latest ARS magazine.
‘Smokin’ Hot’ is fiery orange with a white
reverse and smoky, purple highlights. It has a
moderate spice fragrance.
‘Mercury Rising’ is pink with cream shading.
It grows to 6’ tall and has a mild fragrance. It is
a seedling of “Gemini” and produces large high
centered blooms with glossy foliage.
‘Neil Diamond’ has pink blooms speckled with
white. It has classic rose fragrance, glossy foliage
and its long stems make it great for cutting. Plus
it has “Rock and Roll” in its lineage.
‘Grande Amore’ is a stunning deep red with
double blooms and is exceptionally resistant to
blackspot and powdery mildew.
‘Pretty Lady Rose’ is rich rose pink, sweetly
fragrant and disease resistant. It is named for Lady
Rose from the Downton Abbey series.
‘Margaret Merril’ is white or white blend
with a pink center in a high centered bloom form. It
has a strong citrus spice fragrance. (Floribunda)
‘Miss Congeniality’ is creamy white with pink
edges and gloss foliage. It has a cluster flowered
bloom form and it is disease resistant. (Grandiflora)
‘Above All’ is a salmon, orange blend with a
mild fruity fragrance, glossy foliage and double
petals. “Westerland” is part of its parentage.