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All American Roses for 2006

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There are four All American Rose Selection Winners for 2006. As usual, one or more of the diverse offerings is sure to suit almost any landscape and gardener. This year's winners will whet your appetite for roses.

The first offering is Julia Child. The famous chef picked this one herself and we all know what great taste she had. This floribunda rose has a rounded growth habit and is topped with buttery-gold flowers. The flowers have a spicy scent, reminiscent of sweetened licorice. Plants are also highly prized for their excellent disease resistance.

Rainbow Sorbet is another floribunda rose. Plants produce masses of flowers in shades of yellow, orange, and red. Eventually the flowers mature to light yellow and pink. This one lights up the landscape with its continuous display of blooms. Plants have an upright growth habit and grow nearly 5 feet tall. Rainbow Sorbet also possesses excellent resistance to black spot.

Another award winner is Tahitian Sunset. This hybrid tea type rose shines in the garden with its warm, sunny flowers that are orange-yellow in bud and open to a peachy-apricot-pink. The large, 5-inch diameter flowers are packed with petals (about 30) and have a delightful strong anise fragrance.

Last, but certainly not least, is Wild Blue Yonder, a grandiflora rose that is a sight to behold! This is the first lavender blend rose to win a coveted AARS award since 1984. This large bush rose is covered with velvety wine-purple, flowers in summer. Another nice feature is the distinctive fragrance. The scent is a mixture of sweet citrus and rose.

Visit the AARS website for more information or pictures of these winners and past winners. Any of these choices will surely bring "extraordinary views" to your landscape.

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IC-495 (2) -- February 8, 2006