Hot New Roses
Winning roses for 2005 may be good candidates for your garden.
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'Lady Elsie May'
This shrub rose bears clusters of semi-double coral-pink blooms from spring to fall. A 2005 All-America Rose Selection winner, the upward-spreading plant is said to have excellent disease resistance but only slight fragrance. Flowers are 3-1/2 to four inches wide. Shrub size: 2-1/2 to 3 feet tall.
This grandiflora, another AARS winner, has two-toned petals — golden yellow on the inside, bronzy orange-red on the back side. The large flowers — measuring up to five inches across — form on long stems.
Still another AARS winner, 'Elle' is a hybrid tea that produces pink flowers blushed with gold on 10- to 14-inch stems. The color doesn't fade, and the blooms have a spicy-citrus fragrance. Above-average resistance to blackspot and mildew.
A gardener who's also a painter talks about some of his favorites in his living "canvas."