A rose to remember the victims

Memorial: Planting the national flower is a good way to commemorate Sept. 11.

In The Garden

October 07, 2001|By Kathy Huber | Kathy Huber,HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Gardeners looking for a way to express patriotism and remember victims of last month's terrorist attacks and their families may consider planting red, white and blue gardens, or planting a rose, our national flower, or a tree.

There are dozens of suitable roses, but gardeners have expressed interest in planting 'Peace' roses. As World War II began, cuttings from the 'Peace' rose, bred in France in the '30s, were flown to a rose nursery in the United States. After Berlin fell to the Allies, 'Peace,' a yellow hybrid tea with pink edges, became a 1946 All-America Rose Selections winner. Said to be the country's favorite rose, 'Peace' also won the National Gold Medal.

Perhaps more resistant to the fungal disease black spot is the 2001 All-America Rose Selections winner, 'Glowing Peace.' This rose has large, round buds that open to reveal full, 3-inch blooms featuring 26 to 42 golden yellow and cantaloupe-orange blended petals. Deep, glossy green foliage serves as a backdrop for the luminous blooms and gives way to burgundy fall color.

'Glowing Peace,' a round, bushy grandiflora, grows to 4 to 6 feet by 3 feet and is resistant to disease. (A grandiflora is a cross between a floribunda and a hybrid tea.) This lightly fragrant rose produces classic hybrid tea flower clusters.

The 2002 AARS 'Love & Peace,' a cross of the 1946 'Peace' and an unknown seedling, is touted as a disease-resistant hybrid tea with a high center, spiral formed blooms that open to 5-inch golden-yellow flowers edged in pink. Each sweet, fruity-scented flower contains about 40 petals. The long stems are ideal for cutting.

'Love & Peace,' which matures to about 5 feet in height and 3 feet in width and has glossy, dark green foliage, is excellent in a formal rose garden or as a single feature in a garden. It will be available in coming months at garden centers and through catalogs.

Roses require five to six hours of sun for good bloom production. While roses complement other plants, they don't like invasive roots of trees and shrubs, so avoid crowding.

Roses like slightly acidic soil, and good drainage is essential. A soil rich in organic matter will help provide nutrients as well as ensure drainage.

If you have poor garden soil, work organic matter several inches into it. Or build a raised bed and fill with a mixture of a third each of soil, sand and organic matter.

SOURCES

Edmunds' Roses

6235 S.W. Kahle Road

Wilsonville, OR 97070

888-481-7673

www.edmundsroses.com

Jackson & Perkins

1 Rose Lane

Medford, OR 97501

800-292-4769

www.jacksonandperkins.com

For more information, check out www.rose.org.

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