With rose buying season getting under way I started a series of posts on some of the new garden roses widely available in the United States at this point. Gardeners love The Knockout Rose but I do get asked are there other roses out there as easy to grow as Knockout. The answer is yes and they make up the next generation of garden roses. In a previous post we talked about The Earth Kind Series of Roses. In this post I’d like to introduce you to another new family of Garden Roses.
Meet The Easy Elegance Rose Collection From Bailey Nurseries.
You might already know Bailey Nurseries’ plants. Following up on their success they have been building the Easy Elegance series of shrub roses.
I’ve been familiar with many of their roses for a number of years. Many were breed by the rose breeder Ping Lim who for years has done some fantastic roses. During Ping’s time with Bailey the Easy Elegance series was born. The collection has grown to around twenty different varieties covering a nice spectrum of colors and shapes.
What I particularly like about the Easy Elegance series is the testing that goes into them before they ever make it to the market. Bailey tests the roses being considered for this line at over twenty trial sites throughout North America.
I like this as we are a vast country with many different climates and even micro climates within those. Very often a rose that thrives on the east coast will not do well on the west coast and vice-versa. Ditto for north and south, southeast and southwest; and the list goes on. By testing the roses in all these sites they can check for that.
The roses vary a bit in size but for the most part they are smaller, compact shrubs making them perfect for borders, containers and mass plantings. And if that is not enough The Easy Elegance Series of roses come with a two year guarantee!
You will find the Easy Elegance Series of roses widely available throughout the United States at Garden Centers and even some of the larger chain stores. They are all rated for zones 4-9.
As a final note I always suggest before you buy roses you check with other rose growers in your area. A good place to start is the American Rose Society. Find a local chapter near you and see what their members suggest.
And of course another good source for information is our own Roses Are Plants, Too Discussion Forum. Click Here to go there!