Roses

ROSE SELECTIONS FOR SONOMA COUNTY

Sonoma County presents the rose enthusiast an excellent climate in which to grow roses.

The roses listed here are those which have been recommended by Sonoma County residents who are all long time avid growers and Consulting Rosarians.  The list is intended to be a place to begin selecting rose varieties.  Naturally, there are many more varieties which will do well in you garden and not all are commercially available each year.  The HANDBOOK FOR SELECTING ROSES (ARS publication) describes the classifications of roses as well as the color, number of petals and date introduced.

The roses listed here include the 2016 ratings.  The few that have no rating listed have not yet been rated by the ARS or are no longer in the Handbook.

VF – very fragrant  F – fragrant

HYBRID TEAS

VARIETY COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Aromatheraphy Medium Pink 7.0 2005 VF
Artistry Orange Pink 8.0 1998
Asso di Cuori Dark Red 8.0 1983
Barbra Streisand Mauve 7.1 1999 F
Beloved / (Cesar E. Chavez) Dark Red 7.3 2004
Black Magic Dark Red 8.1 1997
Brandy Apricot Blend 7.6 1981
Color Magic Pink Blend 7.7 1977
Crystalline White 7.8 1987
Della Reese Mauve 8.0 2003
Double Delight Red Blend 8.3 1976 VF
Electron Deep Pink 7.8 1971
Elina Light Yellow 8.4 1984
Elizabeth Taylor Deep Pink 8.1 1986
Firefighter Medium Red 7.8 2004 VF
First Prize Pink Blend 7.9 1970
Fragrant Cloud Orange Red 8.1 1967 VF
Gemini Pink Blend 8.4 1999
Helmut Schmidt Medium Yellow 7.6 1980
Henry Fonda Deep Yellow 7.6 1998
Honor White 7.6 1979
Ingrid Bergman Dark Red 8.0 1984
Just Joey Orange Blend 8.0 1972
LeAnn Rimes Pink Blend 7.4 1999
Let Freedom Ring Medium Red 8.0 2005
Marilyn Monroe Apricot Blend 8.0 2001
Memorial Day Medium Pink 7.9 2002 VF
Mister Lincoln Dark Red 8.3 1965 VF
Neptune Mauve 7.5 2003 F
New Zealand Light Pink 7.8 1989 VF
Oklahoma Dark Red 7.2 1964
Olympiad Medium Red 8.4 1983
Pascali White 7.8 1963
Perfect Moment Red Blend 8.0 1990
Pristine White 8.2 1977
Randy Scott White 7.9 2007
St Patrick Yellow Blend 7.9 1999
Sunset Celebration Apricot Blend 8.0 1999
Veteran’s Honor Dark Red 8.4 1999
Whisper White 7.7 2003

GRANDIFLORAS

VARIETY COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Dick Clark Red Blend 7.8 2009
Fame Deep Pink 8.2 1998
Gold Medal Medium Yellow 8.3 1981
Oktoberfest Orange Blend 7.7 1998
Queen Elizabeth Medium Pink 8.1 1954
Strike it Rich Yellow Blend 7.9 2005
Tournament of Roses Pink Blend 8.2 1988
Wild Blue Yonder Mauve 7.9 2004 VF

 FLORIBUNDAS

VARIETY COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Angel Face Mauve 7.7 1968 VF
Betty Boop Red Blend 8.1 1999
Bill Warriner Orange Pink 7.8 1998
Black Cherry Dark Red 7.6 2007
Blueberry Hill Mauve 7.8 1999
Chihuly Red blend 7.6 2003
Cinco de Mayo Russet 7.8 2007
Day Breaker Apricot Blend 8.0 2003
Easy Does It Orange Blend 7.9 2008
Ebb Tide Mauve 7.5 2004
Europeana Dark Red 8.3 1964
French Lace White 8.1 1981
Iceberg White 8.4 1959
Julia Child Medium Yellow 8.3 2005
Lavaglut Dark Red 8.6 1979
Livin’ Easy Orange Blend 8.2 1992
Marmalade Skies Orange Blend 8.2 1999
Nicole White (Pink) 8.9 1985
Playboy Red Blend 8.4 1976
Playgirl Medium Pink 8.3 1986
Scentimental Red Blend 7.8 1999 F
Sunsprite Deep Yellow 8.3 1973
Hot Cocoa Russet 8.0 2001

 SHRUBS

VARIETY COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Autumn Sunset Apricot 8.1 1987
Ballerina Medium Pink 8.5 1937
Belle Story Light Pink 8.5 1985
Graham Thomas Deep Yellow 8.2 1983
Sally Holmes White 8.8 1976
Sparrishoop Light Pink 8.1 1953

MINIATURES

VARIETY COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Bees Knees Yellow Blend 8.3 1998
Black Jade Dark Red 7.8 1985
Cal Poly Medium Yellow 8.0 1991
Fairhope Light Yellow 8.1 1989
Glowing Amber Red Blend 7.9 1996
Gourmet Popcorn White 8.5 1987
Hot Tamale Yellow Blend 8.3 1993
Irresistible White 8.7 1990
Jean Kenneally Apricot Blend 8.8 1984
Joy Pink Blend 8.0 2007
Minnie Pearl Pink Blend 8.6 1983
Ty Deep Yellow 7.8 2005
X-Rated Pink Blend 8.0 1993

MINIFLORAS

VARIETY COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Autumn Splendor Yellow Blend 8.3 1999
Butter Cream Medium Yellow 8.0 2003
Robin Redbreast Red Blend 8.7 1983
Powerhouse Red Blend 7.7 2009

CLIMBERS

VARIETY COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Altissimo Medium Red 8.4 1966
America Orange Pink 8.2 1975
Don Juan Dark Red 8.3 1958 VF
Dublin Bay Medium Red 8.4 1976
Fourth of July Red Blend 8.2 1999
New Dawn Light Pink 8.4 1930 F
Polka Apricot Blend 8.0 1996
Royal Sunset Apricot Blend 8.9 1960
Sombreuil White 8.7 1880 VF

 OLD GARDEN ROSES

VARIETY TYPE COLOR RATING YEAR INTRODUCED
Repeat Bloomers
Baronne Prevost HP Medium Pink 8.5 Pre 1841
Louis Philippe Ch Red Blend 8.9 1834 F
Mlle Cecile Brunner Pol Light Pink 8.5 1880 F
Mme. Alfred Carriere N White 8.8 1879 F
Mutabilis HC Yellow Blend 8.8 Pre 1894
Rose de Rescht P Deep Pink 8.7 1880 F
Souv. de la Malmaison B Light Pink 8.6 1843 VF
Spring Bloomers
Alba Semi-plena A White 8.9 pre 1754 VF
Fantin-Latour C Light Pink 8.2 Pre 1900 VF
La Belle Sultane HG Dark Red 8.4 Pre 1801 VF
Mme. Hardy D White 8.7 1832 VF

 

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