While I am a total sucker for a dozen roses*, I am fairly ambivalent about roses in the garden.
It's not that I don't love them. When climbing 'New Dawn' is in bloom, I covet those rambling vines. But overall, I keep my distance. Roses are a group of plants that are more susceptible to diseases and insects than other flora. A plant pathologist's nightmare.
Listen up cause I've found a good one: Rosa 'Julia Child.'
Keep in mind that these pictures we taken in late October. Does your rose have flowers and foliage this beautiful in October? No.The young flowers are a delicious golden yellow with the fragrance of cloves or licorice.
As they age, the flowers open and fade to light yellow with pink-flushed edges. The scent changes to a softer, romantic rose scent
I think they are much more interesting than Knockout Roses.
Dark green foliage, good pest resistance, gorgeous flowers and a spicy fragrance. Ten out of ten.
If you are a horticultural professional, you can get them at Dudley Nursery in Thomson, Georgia.
*If you want some long-stemmed roses, try organicbouquet.com. The 'Crown Majesty' roses last forever and have the longest stems imaginable.