Best New 2023 Rose

As fall arrives, what are your favorite new roses in your garden?

Continuing the discussion from Best New 2023 Rose:

‘RBG’ is a favorite new one for me from Steve Singer. I like the quilled petals. Another one I highly recommend is ‘Maroon Eight’ a single miniflora.

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This year my best roses are Rocket from Steven Roussel and White Princess from Don Johnson. I’m really looking forward to next years blooms.

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I am really impressed with a new white climber from Antique Rose Emporium- Heavenly Ascent. I added this to the small arbor in my moonlit courtyard last year and wow- lots of bloom this fall.

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I just got White Princess this year - hope it makes my winter. Not much bloom this year. I haven’t grown Rocket

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I am also growing ‘Rocket’ by Steve Roussell in my garden in the hot and humid south. Lots of big blooms but I had a problem with balling even during the hot summer. My plant is not yet a year old. Hopefully this will correct as the plant is stronger. Did you experience a problem with the blooms not fully opening?

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I did in the first year. It greatly improved in year two.

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That’s encouraging news. Thank you for the reply.
Do you have any other roses by Steve Roussell? My favorite of Steve’s roses (for the present time) is ‘American Maid’. I also like ‘Liz’s Charm’. ‘Clovie’ is very beautiful but the color doesn’t fit the color scheme in my garden.

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I’ve got American Maid, Clovie, Liz’s Charm, Rocket, and Vibrant Vonnie. They all do extremely well for me. American Maid and Liz’s Charm are superstars. I generally don’t grow multiples of varieties, but I have 3 of Clovie. Oranges and corals are my weakness.

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Wow, I grow ‘Vibrant Vonnie’, also. See that we are both fans of Steve Roussell. Where do you purchase Steve’s roses?

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I love my own root rose “Sweet Spirit”. I nearly killed her while I was ill this year. She survived somehow and is growing again. I need to plant her this spring.

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I have now grown for two years and it is a great rose. Won at the International rose trial in Shreveport.

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Neat! Is that the American Garden Rose Selection Trials? Can’t wait to plant her and have a fragrant red rose in the garden again. I loved Mister Lincoln but he didn’t survive being transplanted into a pot.

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I also have Rocket. It is its first year in the garden, so still young, but I am excited about it. I hope it “takes off” this year! I also just planted another Roussel Rose, Liz’s Charm. Can’t wait to see what it does as well.

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The International Rose Trial at America’s Rose Garden in Shreveport is part of the World Federation of Rose Societies program. Gardens around the world are established with standard practices for trialing new roses for the benefit of breeders and rose gardeners to see how they perform compared to other varieties in local plant zone conditions. Participants include amateur and professional breeders from around the world. Roses are evaluated for two years in the Shreveport program and the winning roses are presented at a celebrity judging event end of April. All public invited!

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Billie, You can purchase them from K and M roses.

Powerpuff Pink is one of the best new roses in my garden this spring. It has a fruity fragrance and so far, it’s very disease resistant. I planted it in January, and I bought it at Armstrong (rose hybridizer: Dr. James Sproul).


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