‘Rose de Rescht’ -Lorraine Shelly
If I have to choose a favorite rose, it would be ‘Rose de Rescht’. It is an old garden rose that is classified as a Portland or sometimes as a Damask Perpetual. This rose is a prolific spring bloomer with good reliable repeat blooms throughout the growing season. The fragrant, deep pink rosette blooms are set close against the mid-green foliage that frames each blossom perfectly. ‘Rose de Rescht’ has good disease resistance, but when the weather turns hot, the spider mites seem to really like this bush. It is a compact bush, growing to about 3' x 3' and is great for small gardens. I like to plant 3 bushes together for a nice effect. Rose de Rescht is winter hardy and likes a hard prune in the spring after the bush is well established. The plant will repeat bloom very well without deadheading, but I like to keep the bush tidy so I deadhead the spent blooms.
‘Tropicana’ – Bob Forand
My favorite rose is ‘Tropicana’, a hybrid tea with nice green leaves and a red-orange flower. It was born in 1960 and has an ARS rating of 7.6. It is not a rose that will win you "Queen of the Show," but it is the "Queen" in my yard. I have three or four of them in my garden and have always had one in my garden from the start. It was the first one I put in at my first house twenty-nine years ago and the first one that went in my present house twenty-five years ago. I don’t know how old my oldest rose is since I never kept track of dates until I joined the rose society.
I cannot explain why it is my favorite; maybe it is the red-orange flower, or the big green leaves, or the way it smells. I find it fairly disease resistant and the Japanese beetles seem to stay away. In my garden that is a plus, because the beetles love my garden. ‘Tropicana’ is the first rose that greets you when you walk up the stairs and I have one in every garden except for one, but that will change this year.
We have ‘Tropicana’ in the Victorian Rose Garden, too. It did okay last year, although the black spot got to it, but when it was in full bloom it was beautiful.
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