Great Red Roses

. . . but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant . . . 


A mere 110 million roses, mostly red, will be sold in the three day period surrounding Valentine's Day this month! Thanks to the ARS, I have the opportunity to share this post with their February newsletter about the great red roses growing in my garden. Hopefully these roses will inspire you.

My personal favorite is Oklahoma, not only for its rich red/black coloring, but at each stage of opening it's spectacular, from bud to full open bloom. The one above will have progressed in at least two more stages to finally reveal a cache of burnished gold stamens.



Since my garden is planted in color blocks, all the red roses reside in a rich harmony together. Oklahoma mingles here with Mr. Lincoln–both are tall Hybrid Teas that reach at least six feet.



Duet, a Floribunda, couldn't be more dependable and has been giving us her beautiful silver-backed blooms for more than twenty years!



Duet shrubs are in the four foot range for height and width.



David Austin reds are well represented with three spectacular beauties that are all excellent growers between five and six feet. That's Tradescant in the center with Falstaff above and The Prince below.



Chevy Chase is just plain fun to have in the garden and a real show stopper. Small blooms form bouquets on a stem that are easy to use in arranging. Try making a Chevy heart and take a phone shot to send next Valentine's day.



Chevy Chase is a robust, once blooming climber that deer stay away from (it's pretty thorny) in my California garden. On the other side of the fence are the more tender reds, Duet especially, which before the deer fence installation was always first to get nipped.



This mixed bouquet has a couple of light red Teas that are outstanding performers. Side by side, in front are Mme Antoine Rébé and Monsieur Tillier. Rébé is in the five to six foot range and Tillier is more like 8'x8', or even more with the right growing conditions. For more about these two take a look at this post.



Barcelona, also known as Frances Dubreuil, is from the 30's and is just plain charming–always blooming and it's coloring matches Oklahoma on a more light and airy shrub.



Last but not least, the glorious Peter Beales Gallica James Mason.



This is one of those roses I was wowed by at a show and just had to have, but of course couldn't find anywhere. Then one day I stood before it in a Sonoma county garden! Easy to propagate–just pull on a cane, and up comes roots and all. This is for the serious connoisseur who has room to spare, for it's a once bloomer that creeps all over the place. I wouldn't be without it though. 


To find out more about these roses, which I hope are tempting you, click on the links–they are all connected to the invaluable rose info site helpmefind.com. On each rose page at helpmefind there is a "buy from" tab for purchasing sources. Let me know what you think and tell us your favorite red rose. 


Happy Valentine's Day!



Perle d'Or – an A+ Rose

The Perle d'Or roses were looking so gorgeous – I thought they might look nice in new container, courtesy of Castlevetrano olives.


I liked the graceful, oversized jar the olives came in.



I tried them this way and that . . . and added a sprig of Jeanne La Joie roses.



Little did I know that this would be my last rose bouquet of 2015! A few days later we had an early freeze and the roses made their farewell.


Perle-d'or-rose-shrub copy

Perle d'Or is a Polyantha rose that blooms and blooms in carefree beauty. The shrub will grow up to 6 feet or more and is without disease in my California garden.






Triple Treasure Roses


When I asked Gregg Lowery suggestions for a good red rose, he opened new learning and the possibilities for a thrillingly sophisticated color/texture story in my garden. 




He mentioned Madame Antoine Rébé as a possibility. I soon ordered the rose and eventually moved it from where I first planted it, because I noticed how its coloring was similar to the red in Mutabalis. (Mutabalis is in the background next to Monsieur Tillier in the first image).



Here's a better shot of Monsieur Tillier.  



Color is one thing, and in roses, shape can definitely be another. For several years I admired Dr. Rouges growing on the fence in the Rose Garden at the Sacramento Old City Cemetery. And this year, at the Open Garden, the fascinating Doctor R. was featured in the silent auction. It was my first attempt at such an auction and I shamefully outbid Kristina Osborn. My beautiful red roses needed Dr. Rouges in their midst, with those outrageous scrolled petals!



I planted my treasure on metal fencing near Monsieur Tillier. To my surprise my new rose produced a bloom rather quickly, and I couldn't wait to see the scrolls, but there were none when it opened. It looked like a normal Tea rose, however the next day the petals had curled. Yay!  All along, I thought these blooms would make an amazing visual statement with . . .



the globular shape of Monsieur T and . . .



the semi-double shape of Madame Antoine Rébé, who grows nearby. I love creating family-style scenarios amongst my roses. All the roses in this post have genes from China roses, and Mutabalis is a China rose, the others are Tea roses.



Here's M. Antoine Rébé nestled in her first planting.

Kristina really let me win the rose and asked for a cutting once it got going. I'm happy to let you know Kristina that it is doing really well, and hopefully you'll have it in your garden soon.