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'Top Ten' Best Roses of 2019

2019 was a good year for disease resistant, easy-to-grow, minimal care roses. Here’s 12 of my favorites grown and tested in zone 6b Central Il.

1

‘Savannah’

‘Savannah’

A very hardy and disease-resistant, salmon, hybrid tea rose with extraordinary fragrance. This compact bush produces numerous, single, very double blooms. Foliage is abundant and dark green. Bred by Kordes Roses it’s the winner of the Biltmore Rose Trials

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‘Oso Easy Double Red’

‘Oso Easy Double Red’

OSO EASY DOUBLE RED®
Highly disease resistant. Floriferous, easy-growing, and with an abundance of bright red, doubled blooms, Oso Easy Double Red® is a favorite among growers and gardeners alike. This seedling from Double Knock Out® maintains a nice rounded habit and has excellent disease resistance. Bred by Meilland Roses it’s a winner in ever way, available by Proven Winners! See my video on Gaga’s Garden Facebook Page at this link:

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3

‘Earth Song’

‘Earth Song’

Earth Song Grandiflora (Buck, 1975). A gorgeous rose with cupped deep pink blossoms and leathery green foliage. Dr Buck bred roses to withstand the extremes of Iowa's frigid winters and broiling summers. Earth Song is a reliable performer in any garden, reaching a height of 6 feet and blooming all summer. You will love this rose.

4

‘Frida Kahlo’

‘Frida Kahlo’

Frida Kahlo once said "I paint flowers so they will not die." Like the roses she immortalized Frida Kahlo is a lively and colorful reminder of her enduring spirit. The scarlet red and gold striped flowers of ‘Frida Kahlo’ are one of a kind in the rose world.
The ‘Frida Kahlo’ rose bred by Christian Bedard is a swirl of colors that intensifies as the flowers age, adding a red blush as the final touch. Like any painting needs a good stand, the flowers are set in small clusters on a healthy disease resistant plant with clean glossy leaves. This rose is a magnificent plant.

5

‘Easy Spirit’

‘Easy Spirit’

Easy Spirit™ Classy white large flowers with a cream base. The upright compact plant with clean glossy green foliage is the ideal backdrop to the non-burning & long-lasting cream flowers. Very disease resistant and long lasting with a quick bloom repeat cycle. Whether you’ve liked white roses in the past you can’t help but love this ever-blooming fragrant beauty as it lights up every garden with its continuous blooming.

6

‘Cape Diamond’

‘Cape Diamond’

Old-fashioned pure-pink flowers exude a sweet spicy perfume. Lots of rugosa-like grey-green foliage provides the perfect contrast for this showy bloomer. The vigorous plant can be grown as a large spreading shrub or eventually trained as a climber. Bred in Canada & proven perfectly adapted for harsh winter. One of the most disease resistant roses in the rose world period. Sustainable to zone 3 (Canada), fragrant, winter hardy, the perfect rose.

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‘Top Gun’

‘Top Gun’

The Best of the Best. ‘Top Gun’ has proven RESISTANCE' to major rose diseases. Just this fact alone makes this rose a good for the landscape. With the added resistance to Rose Rosette Disease, it's truly the Best of the Best. In multiple years of trials throughout the Eastern United States, Top Gun came out standing proud untouched by Rose Rosette where most other varieties showed symptoms of infection. The top-ranked variety is also a high performer when it comes to bloom production. The rounded bushy well-behaved plant produces vigorous stems ending with clusters of long-lasting dark red flowers.

8

‘Francis Meilland’

‘Francis Meilland’

‘Francis Meilland’ won the Biltmore Rose Trials ‘Best Hybrid Tea in 2015. Description. 'Francis Meilland' is a tall upright Hybrid tea rose, 5 to 7 ft (150-210 cm) in height with a 2 to 3 ft (60-91 cm) spread. ... The rose has a strong, citrus fragrance, and can bloom in flushes from spring through fall. 'Francis Meilland' is a disease resistant plant with dark, semi-glossy green foliage. ‘

9

‘Miracle On The Hudson’

‘Miracle On The Hudson’

Winner of ‘Best of Show’ of the 2014 Biltmore Rose Trials, named for the famed flight rescued by Captain Sully Sullenberger on the Hudson River; this rose was bred by Robert Neal Rippetoe. It swept the 2014 Biltmore Rose Trials also winning ‘Best Shrub’, & ‘Best Oversll’ category. It’s a wonderful landscape rose. Showy & floriferous you will love it!

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‘Easy On The Eyes’

‘Easy On The Eyes’

Easy on the Eyes ™ ... Hulthemia shrub Rose new entry in the "Easy to Love" collection from Weeks Roses, Easy on the Eyes features blossoms of medium pink with a purple heart and cream reverse that fade to lavender with a deep smoky purple eye. This rose is divine.

  • Author of Four Seasons of Roses, Susan Fox is a consulting rosarian that speaks, grows, photographs, and shows roses and gardens. Company founder of Gaga’s Garden®, she was recently awarded the American Rose Society's (ARS) Presidential Citation "for Promoting the Rose and Rose Education Via Social Media." At her heart is a commitment to generating educational, entertaining content that profiles specific products, personalities, places and events that engage the larger audience through targeted social media campaigns. This and other acknowledgments in the gardening community has firmly established Susan as one of the most highly regarded rosarians and gardeners in the industry with a special talent for promoting garden related products, people or events via social media and content marketing. The Website at www.gagasgarden.com features a sample of Gaga's Garden® content and story telling graphics that keep readers coming back for more! Her breath-taking photo of Julia Child, a floribunda rose was selected for the ARS 2014 Calendar, July. Susan is an ARS National Trophy winner holding numerous local rose society awards.

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