Beautiful New Roses for 2012

Be the first on your block to grow these new roses that are easy to care for, offer sweet fragrances, and make beautiful cut flowers.

By Karen Weir-Jimerson


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Music Box Shrub Rose

    Music Box produces luscious yellow-and-pink blooms you'll enjoy all summer. Creamy-yellow buds unfurl to become generous yellow blooms edged with pink. Double 2-inch flowers sport 30-35 petals. This shrub rose grows in an attractive mounded form, making it an ideal rose for perennial gardens and mixed landscape borders. The foliage is medium green with a healthy, glossy sheen. You'll also love Music Box for the gorgeous bouquets you can make with its romantic blooms. It's part of the Easy Elegance series, which is known for disease-resistance, hardiness, and long bloom season.

    Name: Music Box Rosa 'BAIbox'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 3-4 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 4-9

    Fragrance: None

    Type: Shrub rose

    Source: Find a retailer near you at baileynurseries.com

    Photo courtesy baileynurseries.com

2/11
Sunshine Daydream Grandiflora Rose

    If you love sunny-yellow cut roses on your summer table, then plant award-winning Sunshine Daydream. This vigorous grandiflora rose produces lovely light-yellow 1.5-inch buds that open to 3.5-inch yellow-cream roses. The cuplike flowers produce about 25 petals. In the landscape, this rounded, bushy rose looks equally stunning. It blooms straight through from spring to autumn. Dark green, glossy (and disease-resistant!) leaves are a gorgeous backdrop to the yellow blooms, which open from top to bottom of this 5-foot-tall rose. Sunshine Daydream has been awarded the All-America Rose Selection award for 2012 because it is a new and better grandiflora rose.

    Name: Sunshine Daydream Rosa 'Meikanaro'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 5-6 feet tall; 4 feet wide

    Zones: 6-9

    Fragrance: None

    Type: Grandiflora

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center

    Photo courtesy All-America Rose Selections

3/11
Princess Anne English Rose

    Deep pink Princess Anne offers the sumptuous full-petaled beauty of an English rose: The double flowers are fully packed. A romantic cut flower, Princess Anne starts out deep pink -- almost red -- then fades to a purer pink as the flower matures. The undersides of the petals sport a little yellow highlighting. Upright and compact, this rose flowers over a long period and offers a classic tea rose fragrance. The attractive foliage is thick with a pretty polish. Princess Anne is ideal for rose borders and makes a gorgeous hedge. This rose is disease-resistant.

    Name: Princess Anne Rosa 'Auskitchen'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide

    Zones: 6-9

    Fragrance: Light to medium tea rose scent

    Type: English

    Source: davidaustinroses.com

    Photo courtesy David Austin Roses

4/11
Oso Easy Mango Salsa Shrub Rose

    Spice up your beds and borders (or wow a walkway) with Mango Salsa's rich coral charms. This compact landscape rose from Proven Winners offers continuous blooms from midsummer through autumn. Its stunning salmon-coral color -- the hue of ruby-red grapefruit -- makes it a memorable edging plant. It's ideal for containers, too. (If you grow Mango Salsa in a container, plant it in the ground at the end of summer.) Mix Mango Salsa in the landscape in multiples to capitalize on its bright saucy color and easy care. You don't need to prune this rose: It will rebloom without deadheading. If you want to reshape it, prune it in the spring.

    Name: Oso Easy Mango Salsa Rosa 'ChewperAdventure'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 2-3 feet tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Fragrance: None

    Type: Shrub

    Source: davidaustinroses.com

    Source: Look for it at your local garden center.

5/11
Champagne Wishes Shrub Rose

    If you're looking for a little pop in your flower garden, uncork this effervescent rose. Champagne Wishes produces tightly formed apricot buds that open to 3-inch frothy white flowers with loosely packed petals (24-31 petals per flower). It's an easy-care rose, too, that treats you to recurrent blooms all summer. In a rose bed or paired with perennials, Champagne Wishes offers beautiful blooms and great cutting flowers.

    Name: Champagne Wishes Rosa 'BAIcham'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 3-4 feet tall

    Zones: 4-7

    Fragrance: None

    Type: Shrub rose

    Source: Watch for it at your local independent garden center. Visit easyelegancerose.com to find a local retailer.

    Photo courtesy Bailey Nurseries

6/11
Oso Easy Happy Petit Pink Shrub Rose

    If you love pink roses, then this happy little charmer should find space in your garden. Sprays of perky, bubble-gum pink flowers cover this rose. It has a controlled mounded shape and offers flower after flower all summer. It's disease-resistant, too. Add Happy Petit Pink to a shrub border to infuse a classic cottage-garden color, or tuck it into a perennial border. This easy-care rose doesn't need pruning (unless you want to shape it up in the spring). It also doesn't need deadheading to look great. And no winter protection is required if planting within its Zone range.

    Name: Oso Easy Happy Petit Pink Rosa 'ZleMarianneYoshida'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 30-42 inches tall and wide

    Zones: 4-9

    Fragrance: None

    Type: Shrub

    Source: Look for it at your local garden center.

    Photo courtesy provenwinners.com

7/11
Skylark English Rose

    English roses infuse romance into a landscape. Skylark is new rose that looks like it's been around for centuries. This classic English rose is semidouble with slightly cupped petals. Buds open to deep pink flowers, which pale to a lilac pink. Inside the cupped petals is a white center. This well-rounded shrub is ideal when planted in a rose bed (of course!), but it also mixes well with perennials. The growth is light and airy. Skylark bears a light scent -- sort of musk-meets-tea with shades of clove. It's lovely in a bouquet.

    Name: Skylark Rosa 'Ausimple'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide

    Zones: 5-9

    Fragrance: Light musk and tea rose scent

    Type: English

    Source: Look for it at your local garden center.

    Photo courtesy davidaustinroses.com

8/11
Majesty Shrub Rose

    Deep red, semidouble blooms make this shrub rose a showy choice for landscapes. Majesty is a moderate- to fast-growing rose that blooms and reblooms from spring to fall. To keep blooms coming, deadhead this rose. It requires light pruning in spring when shoots begin to emerge. Majesty grows on a compact plant measuring 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Use it in sunny foundation locations. Group several plants together to enhance the color.

    Name:' Majesty Rosa 'Radliv'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 3 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 5-11

    Fragrance: None

    Type: Shrub rose

    Source: Look for it at your local garden center.

    Photo courtesy National Green Centre

9/11
Tequila Supreme Floribunda Rose

    With so many new roses every year, ever wonder what qualities qualify for a new variety? For Tequila Supreme, it's color: The dense bloom clusters are an interesting mix of the warm, glowing colors of a tropical sunrise. It also offers good disease resistance and hardiness.

    Name:' Tequila Supreme Rosa 'Meikokan'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 4-1/2 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 5-11

    Fragrance: None

    Type: Floribunda

    Source: Look for it at your local garden center.

    Photo courtesy Conard-Pyle

10/11
Thrive! Shrub Rose

    Amp up the vibrance in your landscape with this shrub rose. Thrive! is a descendent of the wildly popular Knock Out rose, so you know it's disease-resistant and floriferous. It's beautiful, too: The showy, 3-inch-wide fire-engine-red double flowers feature bright yellow stamens. And the flowers can be seen from a distance, so it's the perfect rose to step up your curb appeal. Plant it in landscape borders to add sizzling color. Or tuck Thrive! into mixed perennial beds, where it will flower continuously all summer.

    Name: Thrive! Rosa 'Sprothrive'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 4-1/2 feet tall and 3 feet wide

    Zones: 6-9

    Fragrance: No

    Type: Shrub

    Source: Look for it at your local garden center.

    Photo courtesy Conard-Pyle

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