Five lovely roses that gardeners across the West will love
This is a mounded shrub to 4 feet high and wide (sometimes larger in warmer climates), covered throughout the growing season in single, white-centered pink blossoms. The glossy, elongated leaflets are disease resistant. Classed as a hybrid musk, 'Ballerina' is considered by many to be just the type of rose more and more gardeners are looking for today--a plant with an attractive shrubby shape as well as profuse bloom.
Small (2- to 2 1/2-inch-wide), double flowers transform from orangy tan with a yellow center to mauve pink as they age. Classed as a shrub rose, this 2- to 4-foot tall plant is easy care, and blooms over a long season without fuss. Doesn't require spraying to stay healthy, and needs little or no pruning to remain shapely.
If you think you can't grow roses, try easy-to-grow 'Iceberg'. It's a vigorous, sparsely thorned plant that is rarely bothered by pests and diseases. It belongs to the floribunda class, a complex group of roses that typically range in height from 2 1/2 to 4 feet; some bear large clusters of single or semidouble, rather informal blossoms, while many have blooms resembling small hybrid tea flowers. 'Iceberg' is also available in a climbing form.
'Mister Lincoln' (1964)
For many, a long-stemmed red rose is the one rose to have. 'Mister Lincoln' is among the best, boasting perfectly formed buds, beautiful open blossoms, and a wonderful fragrance. And although many hybrid teas form rather ungainly bushes, this one is an attractive urn-shaped shrub.
'Sunset Celebration' (1998)
is a lovely chameleonlike hybrid tea, whose colors vary from rich peach to apricot-umber burnished with cream. It is the result of a cross between an unnamed seedling and medium-yellow 'Pot O' Gold'. The bushy, 4-foot tall plants have deep-green foliage and excellent disease resistance. The flowers are 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches in diameter with 25 to 30 petals in a formal spiral.