Roses on the Rise | Candy Cane Cocktail | Roses You’ll Want To Grow


Candy Cane Cocktail – Star Roses & Plants

I must admit when the box from Star Roses arrived this year, I was very curious about a rose named ‘Candy Cane Cocktail’. I thought with a name like this, it will be a dandy. I planted this rose in late February and it immediately took off. This new floribunda put out several respectable canes and began forming buds. Lots of buds. In mid-April, we had several beautiful sprays of roses and it was a topic of discussion at our spring open garden day.


Spring Open Garden Day 2016 – Enjoying blooms with Lois & Van Chaplin (Van’s a little camera shy) 

People could not get over the fact that it was a first year rose. I too, am a little amazed by its first year vigor and beauty and have observed it daily in our garden.



I am told that William Radler’s KnockOut rose is a part of this rose’s heritage, so its no surprise to me I have seen no disease on this plant at all.

This rose was still going strong in time for the Birmingham Rose Show, so I cut a spray of blooms and entered them into the floribunda spray category and it won a blue ribbon and progressed in the judging and was awarded Floribunda King of Show! The judges confirmed with I already knew, we have another Rose on the Rise in our garden!


Candy Cane Cocktail awarded Floribunda King at the 2016 Birmingham Rose Show

We were thrilled with the award but even more thrilled with how this rose has performed in our garden. If you love a white and pink bloom tipped in red, you’re gonna love Candy Cane Cocktail.  It’s definitely a rose on the rise for 2016!


Chris VanCleave – The Redneck Rosarian





About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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7 Responses to Roses on the Rise | Candy Cane Cocktail | Roses You’ll Want To Grow

  1. Andrea says:

    Agreed! and Congratulations! Candy Cane Cocktail is a new addition to my garden this year. Still in it’s nursery can, on it’s own roots, and getting little attention from me, it is a blooming machine. The blooms stayed in perfect form and spacing on the bush forEVER, even in our unseasonal 5 day heatwave of 100 deg., give or take. I am more of an OGR enthusiast, but CCC is cheerful and a little flamboyant in my garden of more sedate and modest roses. I believe she’s a keeper and will earn her place among my demure ladies, each complementing the other.

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  2. gaiainaction says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog entry on Roses. You got a great blog going here too about the most beautiful flowers. Kind regards, Agnes

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  3. solarbeez says:

    Hi Chris. We planted an Outta the Blue rose sometime back around 2001 or so. The deer have been eating the leaves every time it grows some. Last week we dug it up and planted it in a pot within the confines of the new deer fence. The question is, should we cut it back a lot? If so, how much?

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  4. marian says:

    Can I use photo Rose Candy cane? – on my website

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