New faces ready to impress
EVERY year, there are new-release roses added to the cast of thousands of varieties known worldwide.
The new kids on the block build on their illustrious predecessors and represent the latest and greatest of the rose world.
It's the great thing about growing roses that while people love tried-andtrue favourites, there's always a new romance just around the corner.
Daniel Morcombe is a new hybrid tea with a mission.
Released to support the work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, it has classic, dark velvety red blooms, held on long, strong stems. Bred for long vase life, this is a perfect cut flower variety.
Winter Sun is a petal-packed, golden hybrid tea with a lovely soft fragrance. This variety will often flower deep into winter, hence its name.
Tequila Tiger is something different with “tiger-striped” exotic blooms of blended lemon and gold, heavily striped and splashed with candy pinks and near-reds.
The Opportunity Rose is a new floribunda bred by Bruce Brundett. It's a blended beauty of apricot, yellow, pink, carmine and copper, growing to 80cm and finished with a slight fragrance.
It won Best Australian Bred Rose at the Australian Rose Trial Gardens in 2013.
While not a new release, few roses can 'hold a candle' to the beautiful blooms of Candlelight.
Candlelight has gorgeous, old-world style, buttery-gold flowers and boasts a delicious, sweet fragrance. It is an excellent cut flower and has quickly become one of the most popular modern yellow hybrid tea roses around.
Remember, to produce all those beautiful blooms, roses use up plenty of energy.
To achieve best results, feed them regularly, at four- to five-week intervals until mid-May.
Use a good-quality balanced fertiliser or, better still, a dedicated rose fertiliser.
Some of my favourite hybrid teas are Tournament of Roses, with its coppery-pink blooms, and Fire Fighter, which is a great modern red rose. It has intensely fragrant, beautifully folded, long-lasting blooms.
The old-world climbing rose Souvenir de la Malmaison stole my heart years ago with its fully quartered, buff pink blooms and exquisite, sweet fragrance.
I also love the easy-growing and robust shrub rose Mutablis.
It's an ancient variety, producing masses of simple, single flowers which gradually change colour as they fade from honey-yellow through to copper, pink and near red. It is a tall, bushy grower to 2-3m high and wide, making a fine feature shrub or magnificent rose hedge.
So, take some time to smell the roses. Growing roses, like all gardening, is the perfect antidote to our manic, digital lives.
The Iceberg (above) is among the world's best known roses, but there are many new release variations worth trying in your garden.