Though spring seems far away, before we know it we’ll be digging in the dirt. Over the next few weeks on The Garden Show we’ll take a look at some exciting new selections of annuals, perennials, trees, roses and more! First up this week, is Roses:
A wonderful new introduction developed in Manitoba by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday. Canadian Shield has all the attributes gardeners and rose aficionados love. Extremely resistant to black spot and powdery mildew, this variety sports large fully double red blooms atop rich, glossy green foliage and hardy all across Canada. Blooms exude a light fragrance on a plant four feet tall and wide.
All My Loving
Named after the famous song by The Beatles, this rose has been developed by the talented rose breeder Gareth Fryer of England. The plant has excellent vigor with heavy flower production. Buds are shaped and held right on top of the plant for great show and enjoyment. Large flowers are borne singly per stem in a light red to pink colour with a moderate tea to slightly spicy fragrance. Long cutting stems are great for bouquets!
The short, compact habit of this rose makes it ideal for a smaller spot in the landscape or as a focal point in a decorative pot on a balcony or patio. Children’s Hope has shown excellent performance across the country with incredible disease resistance. A polyantha shrub type rose producing large clusters of pompom-like one to two inch medium red flowers with a light smoky edging. The scent is a mild tea to fruity. A portion of the proceeds of the sales of this rose goes back to the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, which is an organization whose mission is to improve treatment, help with quality of life and the long term outlook of children with brain and spinal cord tumors.
Our favourite for 2017! No other rose in the world comes close to this extraordinary colour blend. Clusters of medium 3-4” blooms in a rich sunset orange colour dazzled with bright cream stripes accentuated by a layer of purple smoke creating a striped burnt orange combo. The scent is moderate fruity to apple like. A climbing rose whose perfectly shaped buds and flowers are produced prolifically throughout the season reaching a height of up to 10 feet within three years. An added bonus to this rose besides its extremely rich glossy foliage is the developing new stems come out with a dark burgundy red colouration!