Sunday, February 7, 2010

Easy Does It

Doesn't the photo of the above rose make you smile? What delicious color! You can almost taste the raspberry and orange sorbet swirl. Yum. And the irresistable ruffled petals practically beg to be touched.

Meet 'Easy Does It,' the only rose to win the coveted All American Rose Selections title for 2010.
What are All American Rose Selections?

According to the home web site,, AARS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the introduction and promotion of exceptional roses. For the past 70 years, gardeners from all over the United States have tested roses in their gardens and reported their results. Each year the most outstanding roses are chosen to become winners, and are promoted as such in nurseries and garden centers.

What does all this mean for you?
As a home gardener with a passion for roses, I can say that an AARS tag on a rose means it will undoubtedly be among the best performers in your garden. The complete list of past winners can be found on the web site, and there are also lists of the best performers in various regions. For myself in Ohio, I find the Midwest list of interest. I already grow 'Carefree Delight' and 'Knock Out' with great success; I'm thinking of adding 'Julia Child' and perhaps 'Bonica' or 'Cherry Parfait.' I've seen them growing in other Ohio gardens and they always are impressive.
About 'Easy Does It': as a floribunda, the rose will undoubtedly bloom profusely all summer long. It will hold a nice rounded shape. The flowers will be good-sized and somewhat fragrant. In addition, the reports say 'Easy Does It' has excellent disease resistance. I think I'll be on the look-out for this one in the garden centers come spring.
Check out the AARS winners recommended for your area. It's a great place to start your search for new roses to plant when spring finally makes its arrival.


  1. i am not happy when some one brings me flowers Julena, i don't give flowers as i don't like plucking flowers. The town Aalsmeer is like a nightmare for me. But it is big business which is sad. Its all about human demands.

    A rose in its place is a most heart warming sight.

  2. Rauf, you are correct on so many levels. The gardens I attempt to cultivate and that I am drawn to visit are far from the fields of roses grown for the cut-rose trade. I am appalled at the "cost" of these perfect, long-stemmed roses. Not just in terms of chemicals used to produce them, but in terms of what those chemicals do to the women (it's mostly women, I discovered in my internet research) who harvest them. There is a huge market for flawless, insect-free roses. I loved them myself until an innocent search to determine the variety of rose I received in a bouquet one year revealed the "dirt" in which these roses were grown.

  3. Hi Julena~~ This rose looks lovely. Last year I bought Cinco de Mayo which I believe was an earlier winner. Boy did it perform! It bloomed spring through frost in November--never without a bloom. And not a bit of mildew or black spot on the foliage. I'm so glad that rose breeders are keeping the low maintenance factors in mind when they develop new roses.

  4. Grace, Cinco de Mayo was indeed an AARS winner. It's the most unique coloration. I'm drawn to all things unusual and that one certainly qualifies! Lovely.

  5. Isn't it a gorgeous one? Julia Child looks to be a beautiful yellow rose.I love the Cinco de Mayo too.

  6. I will definitely be in the lookout for that variety!

  7. Wow, what a beauty it is Julena! It makes me drool!