“Now you see it, now you don’t,” would be an apt description for some roses. The fawned-over flowers disappear in gardens all over Puget Sound from disease, improper care and neglect.
The Tacoma Rose Society says it doesn’t have to be that way.
“The Magic of Roses” is the theme of this year’s annual rose show put on by the century-old club on Saturday inside Jackson Hall on MultiCare’s Tacoma campus. The show is an opportunity for the public to see roses at their best as specimens and in floral arrangements.
The members of the TRS say there’s no sleight of hand needed to grow beautiful roses. But, it helps when you have the combined wisdom of an entire group to guide you. So we asked some members of the society to share their recommendations on rose varieties and growing tips for Puget Sound gardeners.
Master Rosarians Margaret Leisner, Barbara and Bruce Lind, John Moe and Jo Martin, along with consulting rosarian George Heger, reached a consensus on their favorites.
Top roses for the Northwest
Julia Child, Dick Clark, South Africa, Day Breaker, Flower Carpet.
The reddest roses
Veterans Honor, Grand Amore, Liebeszauber, Opening Night, Ingrid Bergman
Top hybrid teas
Elina, Gemini, Savoy Hotel, Love & Peace, Sunset Celebration.
The pinkest roses
Savoy Hotel, Mary Rose, Memorial Day, Andrea Stelzer
Top scented roses
Margaret Merril, Rose de Rescht, Neptune, Double Delight, Sheila’s Perfume.
Top needs of roses
Top pruning tips
Preventive rose health tips
When disease strikes