Five lovely roses that gardeners across the West will love

Sunset  – September 17, 2004

‘Ballerina’ (1937)

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.

‘Kaleidoscope’ (1999)

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.

‘Iceberg’ (1958)

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.