What is the Best Type of Rose?

Sunshine Daydream RoseWelcome back to Rose Friday. Rose Friday is our weekly series where we discuss tips and how to care for roses. Last week we talked about watering rose bushes in How to Water Rose Bushes for Best Results

Today we are highlighting the AARS winner for this year’s best rose.

Who is the AARS?

Before we discuss the 2012 AARS Winner, let’s start with who the AARS is. The AARS is the All America Rose Selections and if you have been following Rose Fridays, you will notice that we reference them often. The AARS President, Henry Conklin, writes this about the non-profit organization:

“All-America Rose Selections is a nonprofit association dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses.  The AARS runs the world’s most challenging horticultural testing program, and consistently recognizes roses that will be easy to grow and require minimal care by today’s busy homeowner.”

For the past 74 years, All America Rose Selections has been at the forefront of the rose industry.

And the winner this year is… the Sunshine Daydream!

So What Does It Take To Be A Winner?

It is not just beauty that swayed the judges towards the Sunshine Daydream. These roses go through a two-year study in all climates, but they are judged on:

  • Disease Resistance
  • Flower Production
  • Color
  • Fragrance

What Makes the Sunshine Daydream So Dreamy?

What was it about this flower that caught the eye of the AARS and will this rose be a good fit for you in your rose garden?

The Sunshine Daydream is a Grandiflora class and appears very round and bushy. AARS describes the roses like this:

Grandiflora, Sunshine Daydream embodies both great flower color and foliage – with light yellow flowers finishing cream yellow. Its cuplike petals offer the perfect backdrop to its dark green, glossy foliage.”

Here is the list of the past winners from 1940 through 2012.

Would you like to learn more about fertilizing your rose garden? Make sure to stop by next Friday for our next rose article.

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