When the folks at Biltmore announced that they were releasing a rose named for famed Country music superstar Loretta Lynn, I knew I’d have to get one. Hybridized by Brad Jalbert, this rose is a real charmer. This rose was selected from the roses entered in the Biltmore International Rose Trials to be a part of the Biltmore Collection of roses. This prestigious rose trial attracts hybridizes from around the globe.
My shrub was purchased bud and bloom at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant sale and I rushed home to plant it. The buds began to open this week and I couldn’t be more pleased.
As I do with all the roses in our garden, I will be tracking growth habit, bloom cycles and disease resistance. Early days yet, but this far Loretta’s namesake rose is a winner!
Van Leer – Loretta Lynn Rose