So many roses, so little time. A selection of what’s new for 2012 should help you plan for a colorful season.

Breathtaking color, alluring fragrance, spectacular blooms – not to mention your clients’ and customers’ preferences: There’s a lot to consider when you set out to choose the right rose. With all the variables and all the varieties, how do you decide which rose to recommend?

On these pages, we’ve gathered just a few of the newest roses for your consideration. As you scan the selections, loosen up a bit and let your gut be your guide. Sometimes it’s that stop-you-in-your-tracks, love-at-first-sight moment that means you’ve found the right one. (For a little touch of whimsy, they’re presented in no particular order.) You can find more at the breeders’ websites, which we’ve provided in the handy little box. And just so you know, we’re not playing favorites; we wouldn’t be able to decide, either!

Sally Benson is the editorial director for American Nurseryman. She can be reached at

Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Champagne Wishes

Champagne Wishes from Bailey Nurseries’ Easy Elegance® series (Rosa ‘BAIcham’ PPAF) produces recurrent clusters of soft, apricot buds that open to full, 3-inch antique white blooms with a hint of apricot. Reaching 3 to 4 feet tall and wide, the plant is grown on its own root and is hardy to zones 4 to 7.

Music Box

Cheerful yellow touched with pink highlight the 2-inch, double blooms of Music Box, an everblooming rose from Bailey Nurseries’ Easy Elegance® series (Rosa ‘BAIbox’ PPAF). Grown on its own root, Music Box reaches 3 to 4 feet tall and wide in zones 4 to 9.

Courtesy of Bailey Nurseries Inc.

Courtesy of David Austin Roses

Princess Anne

Long blooming and bold, the cerise-pink blooms of ‘Princess Anne’ (Rosa Auskitchen) exude a medium-strong tea rose fragrance. Over time, petals evolve to purplish blue tones reminiscent of Old Gallica selections, then age to purple-lilac. As blooms of varying ages are held together in clusters, the effect of their contrasting colors and forms is striking. The compact and bushy shrub reaches 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide and sports highly polished, disease-resistant foliage. It is hard to zones 6 to 9.

Courtesy of Tesselaar Plants

Flower Carpet Amber

The color of the year for 2012 is tangerine, and Next Generation Flower Carpet Amber from Tesselaar Plants is right in vogue with its prolific, light orange buds that produce an explosion of soft, orange-yellow blooms aging to soft pink with a blush of peach. Both drought- and disease-resistant, Amber also features a light, lovely fragrance.


Rosa ‘Skylark’ (Ausimple) has deep pink semi-double flowers with open cups and prominent stamens; the color pales slightly with age to a lilac-pink with a small white center. Light and airy growth build into an informal, well-rounded shrub about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide in zones 5 to 9. Skylark’s tea fragrance contains hints of fruity apple and clove – providing the unexpected impression of apple pie.

Courtesy of David Austin Roses

Courtesy of Weeks Roses


Milk chocolate-colored buds open to a warm, blushed latte, then finish all lavender. Floribunda Koko Loko (Rosa ‘WEKbijou’, PPAF) from Weeks Roses is early to bloom and flowers are long lasting, even in the vase. (Warm weather brings out the lavender.) The moderately fragrant flowers are double and well-formed, with 30 to 35 petals per bloom. Its medium habit is rounded and bushy.

Eyeconic Pink Lemonade

Like its relative, Eyeconic Lemonade, Star Roses’ Eyeconic Pink Lemonade (Rosa ‘Sprolempink’; PPAF) features a distinctive, dark ring surrounding the inside of each bloom. Abundant, continuously blooming, melon-colored flowers popped with red finish a soft, shell pink with a purple ring. Dark green, glossy foliage on the 3-foot by 3-foot, bushy shrub is above average in resistance to black spot, mildew and rust. This eye-catching rose does well in zones 6 to 9.Courtesy of Star Roses

Courtesy of Weeks Roses

All A’Twitter

Small but mighty, All A’Twitter (Rosa WEKcofbunk, PPAF) announces its presence with audacious orange blooms that sparkle against deep, glossy green foliage. This miniature from Weeks Roses is of medium height with a rounded, bushy habit that supports medium sized, formal, double blooms with 15 to 20 petals and a light fragrance. It does best in cooler conditions.

Courtesy of The Conard-Pyle Co./Star Roses


The fire-engine-red flowers of Thrive! (Rosa ‘Sprothrive’; PPAF) from The Conard-Pyle Co./Star Roses bloom continuously through the season on a bushy, 3 by 4½ foot shrub. Dark, glossy green foliage provides a nice backdrop and has superior resistance to rust, mildew and black spot. This brilliant plant thrives in zones 6 to 9.