Buying Rose Bushes

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This article was originally published in 2007. There are many more All-American Rose selections, but these are still winners. emblem

Founded in 1938, the All-American Rose Selections (AARS) is a non-profit association made up of rose producers and growers dedicated to introducing and promoting exceptional roses to the gardening public. This year's winners include a classic grandiflora named Strike It Rich, a vigorous floribunda dubbed Moondance, and a hardy, old-fashioned shrub rose called Rainbow Knock Out®.

What Makes A Winning Rose

The AARS recognizes that gardeners can find growing roses intimidating. That's why each year's winning selections are based on their ability to perform for the average gardener. Rose varieties are grown in 20 official test gardens throughout the United States over a span of two years. The roses receive only as much care as would be given in the average home garden. Judges then evaluate how each variety performs based on the set of criteria that gardeners say is most important to them when growing roses: If you're interested in growing roses, or just adding another variety to your collection, this year's winning selections will available in nurseries (and some catalogues) in time for spring planting. AARS winners are easy to spot with their distinct winners emblem.

Growing Strike It Rich

strike it rich rose
Grandiflora varieties like Strike It Rich have the wonderful free-flowering habit of floribunda, combined with the flower form of hybrid teas. The long-lived double flowers of Strike It Rich are a deep blend of gold, orange and red, off-set by deep green leaves on long red-colored stems. This rose is said to be the 21st century version of the classic 1950 AARS winner, Sutter's Gold.

Growing Rainbow Knock Out®

pink rose
Beginning gardeners will appreciate the disease resistant Rainbow Knock Out®. Like most old-fashioned roses, this hardy shrub rose will perform well in almost any home garden with minimal care. Birds visiting the garden will also appreciate a nice display of rose hips late in the season to compliment the late fall blooms.

Growing Moondance

moondance rose
The Moondance is extremely tall, well branched and a vigorous bloomer. Its large, creamy white flowers and glossy, dark green foliage makes it a lovely choice for moonlit gardens or as a stunning backdrop for more brightly-colored flowers.

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August 6, 2012

Where can I purchase the Ellen rose?

By Ellen from San Mateo, CA



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August 13, 20120 found this helpful

I googled "Ellen Rose plant" and found many informational links. Some were even in California. Try it yourself. Large hardware/garden stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, and OSH usually have many varieties of rose. You might also try these people, they sell by mail order and have been in business all my life.

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August 13, 20120 found this helpful

Have you tried the Burpee Catalog or Good Luck!

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February 20, 2012

Where can I buy one of these bushes to grow?

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February 28, 20120 found this helpful

Hello! You could look under the name Hibiscus syriacus in the lists of plants of the online nurseries or ask for cuttings from a neighbour as it grows very easily from cuttings.

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