Here Are Six New Rose Cultivars Available For Your 2015 Garden

, and All Feature Hardiness and Disease Resistance
by Art Drysdale
by Art Drysdale


Art Drysdale, a life-long resident of Toronto and a horticulturist well known all across Canada, is now a resident of Parksville, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo. He has reno-vated an old home and has a new garden there. His radio gardening vignettes are heard in south-western Ontario over radio station Easy 101 FM out of Tillsonburg at 2 PM weekdays.

Art also has his own website at

December 14, 2014

Above, Easy Elegance Screaming Neon Red; Canada Blooms hybrid tea rose; and the Canadian Never Alone shrub rose. Below, the Black Forest floribunda rose; Summer Fling Saturnus King Terrazza pa-tio rose; and finally First Editions Above and Beyond climbing rose.



The topic this week is new roses for your 2015 garden. There were six of them listed in the item in Landscape Ontario “New Roses” pages and I decided to list all of them here this week.

The first one is Rosa ‘Bailneon’ or Easy Elegance® Screaming Neon Red™ rose. It has an intense colour and superior garden performance. It is a compact, grown on its own roots rose, has a vibrant flower power and repeat blooms throughout the season, making it ideal for use as an ac-cent or mass planting. Remarkably rich, disease-resistant, dark green foliage provides the perfect backdrop to the neon red blooms. In the fall, its foliage turns a lovely burgundy-red. The plant is hardy to USDA zone 4. It is being introduced by Bailey Nurseries, and will likely be available in Canada from Sheridan Nurseries.

The second one is Rosa ‘CA28’ or Canada Blooms Rose hybrid tea rose. Rosa CA28, first emerged in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Québec and was later adopted by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association. The CANADA BLOOMS Rose is a classic looking Hybrid-Tea rose that was grown under the same Canadian Rose Breeding Program that developed the genetics for Emily Carr, Felix LeClerc, and Campfire rose. This beautiful rose has everything a rose should have: it is pink, fragrant, hardy and resistant to disease and our Canadian winters. You might have noticed her at Canada Blooms 2014 where she made a brief appearance thanks to J.C. Bakker & Sons. If not, plan to meet her this March, and you will agree she is the perfect accent to any garden. Canada Blooms is hardy, disease resistant and boasts a beautiful fragrance. In size, it grows to 120 cm (4’) in height and half that in width. This beautiful ‘typical hybrid tea style’ pink rose is being introduced by J.C. Bakker & Sons Nursery, St. Catharines.

My third one this week is the Never Alone shrub rose (Rosa CNLA 362) which is described as a superb patio rose and great companion to any Canadian Artist series rose. It is hardy as are all the Canadian Artist series roses; it initially came out of the breeding programme at Morden, Manitoba. It is a continuous bloomer that features red edges with a white to slightly yellow centre. This rose has very good resistance to black spot. It grows just to 60 cm (2’) high and about 46 cm (1.5’) in width.

A portion of the proceeds go to the Never Alone Foundation which supports cancer care.

The fourth rose on the Landscape Ontario list is Black Forest™. This one is a floribunda shrub rose offering exceptional bright, non-fading red colour with continual blooming. It boasts loads of 4 cm (1.5”) blooms, born seven to 20 per stem. The plants are upright and bushy and grow up to 120 cm (4’) high and wide. It should be grown in full sun where it will show excellent resistance to black spot and mildew. In fact it is a world-wide ADR winner. ADR are the toughest no-spray rose trials in the world, held in Germany.

It is said to be hardy to USDA zone 5, and was bred by renowned German rose breeder, Kor-des & Sons. It is also being introduced by the famous U.K. growers, Blooms of Bressingham.

The fifth subject for this week is Summer Fling® Saturnus King Terrazza™ patio rose. This one has very interesting pink/peach or coral-orange flowers [take your pick when you look at the photo]. Size of blooms is 7.5 to 9 cm (3 to 3.5”) with a high petal count. The plants have loads of bloom from spring to autumn on well-branched plants. Height of 40-50 cm (16-20”). This was bred by the famous breeder DeRuiter who say the plant is a perfect patio plant and a great cut flower. It too is being introduced the U.K.’s Blooms of Bressingham.

Our sixth and final new rose for this week is First Editions® a large-flowered climber. First Editions® Above and Beyond climbing rose is a new large-flowered climber—a different rose for colder climates. It combines extreme cane hardiness, reliable spring flowering, and vigorous growth. Orange flower buds open in clusters of five or more apricot colored semi-double to double flowers. Plants bloom in mid to late spring with sporadic repeat flowering in summer. With extreme cane hardiness, Above and Beyond can be a climber or a nice large free standing shrub in colder regions, where plant dieback from cold won’t be an issue.

With extreme cane hardiness, Above and Beyond can be a climber or a nice large free standing shrub in colder regions, where plant dieback from cold won’t be an issue. The plant is very resistant to fungal diseases.

It is being introduced by the U.S.-based Bailey Nurseries, but will likely be available through Sheridan Nurseries and other large garden centres in Canada.


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