Shrub Roses
part 4

'Hawkeye Belle' Roses

Introduced - 1975

One parent of 'Hawkeye Belle' rose is the grand grandiflora rose named 'Queen Elizabeth', which is the original rose in its class. Nurseryman Griffith Buck undertook a succession of crosses with 'Prairie Princess' (also created by him) and developed roses like the grandiflora roses which bear flowers similar to that of hybrid tea roses, but are very much hardier.

'Hawkeye Belle' created by the nurseryman is a healthy landscape shrub whose flowers are also similar to that of hybrid tea rose. This shrub rose produces long, pink hued buds that unfurl into large, double, white blooms having an azalea pink flush.

The individual flowers measure about 4 ½ inches (11.5 cm) across and are heavily fragrant. The flowers appear in abundance over a prolonged season. The 'Hawkeye Belle' rose is a fairly compact shrub growing as a mound of up to 4 feet comprising flowers and foliage.

'Heidelberg' Roses

Introduced - 1959

'Heidelberg' belongs to the Kordesii sub-class of shrub roses. The flowers of this rose appear in clusters of 4. The blooms are crimson-red and on the reverse side their color is lighter red.

The plants are bushy in nature and grow up to a height of anything between 7 feet and 15 feet. You may grow the 'Heidelberg' rose plant as a shrub or train it to grow as a climber on a trellis or a pillar.

The blooms have a high centered form. The individual flowers are composed of 32 petals and are borne on top of glossy foliage that has a leathery texture.

'Heritage' Roses

Introduced - 1984

'Heritage' rose is a David Austin creation and it bears double, blush pink blooms, whose color is deeper near their centers. The flowers of this shrub rose have an exquisite form, as the external petals form a deep cup around the specifically arranged, folded inner petals.

The flowers appear in abundance in clusters all through the summer months, creating an environment of rich fragrance, which is a combination of myrrh and lemon. The foliage is semi-glossy and has a dark green color.

The canes of this rose produce very few thorns. The plant of 'Heritage' rose is a vigorous grower and has a bushy nature. This rose is suitable for growing in your garden bed or border.

In addition, it also makes an excellent hedge and supplies you with wonderful cut flowers over a long season. The plants are somewhat resistant to diseases, but may be vulnerable to rust.

'Illusion' Roses

Introduced - 1961

This rose is yet another excellent shrub for growing in the North Country. The red flowers of 'Illusion' rose are double, medium-sized and have a light fragrance. The plants are in bloom throughout the summer and after a modest rebloom in midsummer, they again flower profusely towards the end of summer and this continues till the fall.

This rose was bred by nurseryman Wilhelm Kordes from two species that are remarkably hardy as well as disease-resistant. When grown in the warmer areas of the Connecticut range, this shrub rose produces long and flexible canes. You may train these canes to grow up a trellis or along a fence.

'Immensee' Roses

Introduced - 1982

'Immensee' rose bears small, single flowers whose color varies from light pink to nearly white. The flowers are borne in abundance during spring and they repeat well all through the growing season. The flowers are somewhat fragrant.

The dark green, glossy leaves of this shrub rose are small compared to the flowers. This rose is low-growing and has a spreading habit – for instance, the canes of 'Immensee' may extend up to 13 feet.

This rose is effective when grown as a flowering ground cover. The Kordes nursery in Germany bred this rose using the species R. wichuraiana - an extremely hardy plant that is also exceptionally resistant to diseases.

'John Cabot' Roses

Introduced - 1978

The color of the double blooms of 'John Cabot' varies from rose pink to cherry red and they appear in profusion over a 6-week-long season in summer and subsequently appear intermittently till the fall.

The individual flower of this shrub rose measures about 2 ½ inches across and are composed of as many as 30 to 35 petals that are arranged in the form of a loose cup encircling a tuft of yellow stamens. The flowers appear in clusters and make a wonderful display against the medium green foliage.

'John Cabot' rose belongs to the kordesii sub-class of shrub rose and is a member of the Explorer series. You may grow this rose both as a shrub and also as a climber. When grown as a shrub, the plant can be maintained up to a height of about 4 feet to 5 feet, but it requires sufficient room to spread.

This rose is an extremely vigorous grower having an upright habit and produces long and arching canes. If you grow this rose as a climber, it will take roughly four growing seasons to reach its utmost height of anything between 8 feet and 10 feet. While the plants are extremely hardy, the foliage of 'John Cabot' is resistant to diseases.

'John Franklin' Roses

Introduced - 1980

The blossoms of 'John Franklin' appear in clusters of up to 30 average red hued flowers that are in bloom continuously. The individual flowers are semi-double, each measuring about 2 ½ inches wide and composed of roughly 25 petals.

The flowers of this shrub rose are scented, while the leaves are round. The canes produce yellowish-green prickles with a tinge of purple. The plants of 'John Franklin' rose are bushy and have an upright habit. You may use this rose easily in the landscape.

This rose has a prolonged flowering season, which makes it a positive feature in your garden bed and border. Like 'John Cabot', this rose also belongs to the Explorer series. This rose is capable of enduring heat as well as cold and is also resistant to diseases.

'Kathleen' Roses

Introduced - 1922

'Kathleen' rose is a hybrid musk that bears single, blush pink, fragrant flowers. The individual flowers measure anything between 1 inch and 1 ½ inches. This rose appears in large clusters and is in bloom throughout the summer months.

The stamens of this rose are quite prominent and this makes the flowers appear like the blossoms of apple. The plants are vigorous growers and grow up to a height of anything between 6 feet and 12 feet.

The foliage of 'Kathleen' is exceptionally resistant to diseases. Once the flowering season is over, the plants start producing hips in the fall.

'La Sevillana' Roses

Introduced - 1978

This rose bears semi-double, vermilion hued flowers in large clusters from the onset of the summer to midsummer. When grown in a mass, 'La Sevillana' makes a bold statement, especially as a landscape shrub or a ground cover.

This rose again blooms heavily in autumn, making it a grand rose instead of just a good rose. The flowers of this rose are capable of adding an ostentatious splash of color to any summer border.

At the same time, this rose holds its own when grown as a low hedge or a foundation planting. The foliage of 'La Sevillana' has a dark bronze-green color, making it very attractive.

'Lavender Dream' Roses

Introduced - 1984

'Lavender Dream' rose bears semi-double, average lavender-pink blooms, each composed of 16 petals. Each flower measures about 2 inches to 3 inches across. The flowers appear in sprays and bloom all though the growing season.

The plants grow equally tall and wide. In fact, 'Lavender Dream' shrub grows up to a height of 5 feet and is more than 5 feet wide. The canes are long and arching.

'Leander' Roses

Introduced - 1982

This shrub rose is a product of David Austin and it bears copious flowers having deep apricot hue. The 'Leander' rose plants are in bloom in spring and in the beginning of summer. The small and very double flowers appear in clusters and have a fruity scent.

While this rose does not repeat its blooms frequently, the plants may produce some additional flowers towards the end of their growing season. The leaves are medium-sized, have a medium color and are semi-glossy.

'Leander' rose has a full habit and the plants grow equally tall and wide, making it an excellent garden shrub. Among all the English roses, 'Leander' is considered to be most disease resistant.

'L.D. Braithwaite' Roses

Introduced - 1988

'L.D. Braithwaite' rose bears clusters of fully double, large flowers having a fire-engine red hue. The flowers of this shrub rose are so conspicuous that they are capable of presiding over all the blossoms in the vicinity.

The flowers of 'L.D. Braithwaite' bloom continuously all through the growing season. However, the color of the blossoms may fade to cerise-pink due to the intense heat of midsummer. Ideally, this vigorously growing, open shrub should be grown behind a border because that is where it will look best.

This will also conceal its only flaw - its sparse foliage. 'L.D. Braithwaite' is an exceptionally reliable rose and it is capable of blooming well even in conditions wherein the plants receive only five hours of direct sunlight daily.



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