This beautiful rose was purchased for $5 at a discount sale at a local garden center in February. It had survived the winter in its pot outdoors at the garden center and was severely root bound when I found it. A sucker for a rose I know has potential, (my ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses rated it 8.0) I brought it home. It was very slow to start, but as your can see, we are now beginning to see its beauty come to life.
This rose was originally introduced in 1970 and was a AARS winner that year. It was hybridized by Eugene “Gene” Boerner, who worked for many years at Jackson & Perkins hybridizing roses such as the beloved “John F. Kennedy” Hybrid Tea and many many others.
Is anyone else growing this rose? How is it performing in your garden?