Celebrate Valentine's Day with roses

Celebrate Valentine's Day with roses

They may be the traditional gift, but these new roses are guaranteed to turn heads.

February 14, 2017
Matt McClellan

The National Retail Association estimates Americans will spend nearly $20 billion on Valentine's Day gifts in 2017. About $2 billion will be spent on flowers -- including the iconic red roses that are synonymous with romance. But in the horticulture industry, growers, breeders and retailers all know there is more than one kind of rose. Here are several new roses from Star Roses and Plants and Weeks Roses.

Read our special New Plant Pavilion supplement in our February issue to view nearly 100 more fresh, exciting plants. All photos and descriptions were provided by the participating companies.

Rosa All My Loving

This lovely hybrid tea rose was created in England by the talented breeder Gareth Fryer. The long cutting stems are great for bouquets, and the plant’s excellent vigor guarantees a profuse production of blooms. In true hybrid tea fashion, one stunning dark pink blossom sits atop each long cutting stem. The large 4- to 5-inch flowers have 30 to 40 petals. Whether you live in sunny California or in a colder, rainy climate, the color will stay true until the petals drop and the plant will reward you with a show of attractive, semi-glossy medium green leaves.

All My Loving

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Rosa Children’s Hope

Children’s Hope is a delightful and prolific bloomer that supports the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. Every medium red, double-petal blossom is a reminder that each child is a beautiful flower. The blooms are childlike and dainty, measuring just 1.5 to 2 inches in diameter in large clusters that can cover the entire plant. This polyantha shrub rose has a compact habit that makes it ideal for small spots in the landscape as well as decorative containers. It grows well in most climates throughout the U.S., and has very good disease resistance. Every sale of a Children’s Hope helps to support the treatment, quality of life and the long-term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through the research, education and advocacy of the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.

Children’s Hope

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Rosa Coral Knock Out ‘Radral’ PP 19,803

Coral Knock Out offers a new color addition to the Knock Out Family of Roses. The unique coral color is even stronger in hot, humid climates. It blooms from spring through fall and maintains an upright to rounded habit. Young foliage is bronze red which accentuates the bold flower color.

Coral Knock Out

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Rosa Easy To Please

Looking for an easy-to-maintain rose bush? Easy To Please is the newest addition to the Easy-To-Love Collection of roses. This pink floribunda boasts blooms that are fuchsia pink with a lighter reverse. The flowers are 2½-3 inches in diameter with 20 to 30 petals each. The plant’s medium-sized growth habit makes it easy to fit into most gardens. Best of all, Easy To Please is easy to grow and maintain, because its disease resistance surpasses many landscape shrubs. This variety grows well in a wide variety of climates and conditions. Enjoy the prolific flowers, the clove fragrance with hints of cinnamon, and the vigor that’s Easy-To-Love.

Easy To Please

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Rosa Peachy Knock Out ‘Radgor’ PP 25,628

Peachy Knock Out blooms from spring through fall with attractive pink flowers. The overall color effect is peach with the combination of pink petals that become yellow in the center. The color will be much more intense with the cooler temperatures in the spring and fall. The color can fade to blush with the onset of heat and humidity.

Peachy Knock Out

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Rosa Tropical Lightning

If you’re looking for a new climbing rose to plant this year, Tropical Lightning is it. The tropical warmth of this exciting, exotic colored new rose is generated by a unique flower that’s a combination of sunset orange and a purple smoke layer accented with cream colored stripes. The colors mix together differently on every flower, creating a pleasing striped effect that’s stunning. The canes of this climber reach 10 to 12 feet tall, so Tropical Lightning is both big and dramatic. Each perfectly shaped flower holds its crazy color for days, and the prolific plant only slows down the flowering as it cools down for winter.

Tropical Lightning

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Rosa Violet’s Pride

Violet’s Pride, the fourth and final addition to the Downton Abbey Garden Rose Collection, is named for the Lady Violet, the feisty Dowager Countess of Grantham as portrayed by Maggie Smith on the popular Downton Abbey TV show.

The lovely lavender blossoms of Violet’s Pride are made even more exquisite by a magenta-colored heart decorating the inner petals. This prolific bloomer produces spiraled, medium-large double blossoms with 35-45 petals. Worthy of winning any Best of Show title, Violet’s Pride boasts a fruity fragrance with a hint of grapefruit that’s worthy of any noblewoman. The flowers are held proudly on top of a vigorous, evenly rounded bush with disease resilient dense foliage.

Violet’s Pride

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Rosa White Knock Out ‘Radwhite’ PP 20,273

White Knock Out is an excellent shrub rose which stands out in the landscape with the contrast between pure white blooms and very dark green foliage. It blooms from spring through fall and maintains a compact habit.

White Knock Out

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