2018 New Rose Introductions
1. At Last®
Class/Color: Floribunda/apricot orange • Bloom/Size: 8.5cm • Height/Habit: 2.5-3’ tall and wide/mounding • Petal Count: 35-40 • Fragrance: Strongly fragrant; sweet, pleasant • Parentage: Rosa hybrida ‘Laura Ford’×‘Goldbusch’ x Rosa hybrida ‘Horjilly’
• Hybridizer: Colin Horner • Introducer: Proven Winners® ColorChoice® • Comments: It’s the dawn of a new day for roses: At Last® combines all the romance of a fragrant, fully-petaled tea rose with the no-nonsense practicality of a disease-resistant landscape rose. No spraying is required to enjoy a non-stop display of large, sweetly perfumed sunset-orange blossoms from late spring through frost. Handsome, glossy foliage and a vigorous, rounded habit makes it ideal for use in the landscape or the flower garden.
2. Bathsheba (Auschimbley)
Class/Color: Climber/Apricot • Bloom/Size: 4.5in diameter • Height/Habit: Up to 10ft as a climber • Petal Count: 170 • Fragrance: Strong, myrrh • Parentage: Unnamed seedling x Unnamed seedling • Hybridizer: David Austin • Introducer: David Austin Roses Limited • Comments: Large, many petalled blooms of rich apricot-pink. Superb warm, myrrh fragrance with honey and tea character. An excellent and very healthy climber that will flower freely from the ground upwards and repeat very quickly too.
3. Bloody Mary™ ‘Meitraligh’ PPAF
Class/Color: Floribunda/Deep bright red, non-fading • Bloom/Size: Small petals • Height/Habit: Bushy, up to 3 ½’ h • Petal Count: 10 –12 • Fragrance: Very slight • Parentage: Noawel X Meidanu • Hybridizer: Meilland® International •Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Bloody Mary™ has an excellent strong, dark red flower color and reblooms throughout the season with a lot of flower power on each flush. It has excellent disease resistance for the type and performs well on its own roots.
4. Bordeaux™ ‘KORelamba’ PP#27,621
Class/Color: Floribunda/Red • Bloom/Size: Double, large • Height/Habit: 4 -4.5’, upright • Petal Count: 30 to 35 petals • Fragrance: Light • Hybridizer: Kordes® •Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Compact shrub with wine-red double flowers. This new introduction is very floriferous and repeats well. Very heat tolerant and disease resistant.
5. Crazy Love™ ‘KORbamflu’ PP#26,870
Class/Color: Grandiflora/Amber • Bloom/Size: Double, Large • Height/Habit: 4’, upright •Petal Count: 125-135• Fragrance: Light • Hybridizer: Kordes® • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Exciting large (4”) copper yellow blooms on a robust healthy shrub. Abundant foliage is glossy and dark green Strong repeat bloom for season long enjoyment.
6. Easy on the Eyes™ (cv. WEKswechefy, Y58-1) PPAF
Class/Color: Shrub/Medium pink with magenta purple heart and cream reverse fading to light lavender with deep smoky purple eye • Height/Habit: Medium, Rounded & bushy • Petal Count: 15 to 20 • Fragrance: Moderate citrus-like & spices • Parentage: Sweet Chariot x Eyes for You • Hybridizer: Tom Carruth • Introducer: Weeks Roses • Comments: What does Easy on the Eyes mean? Pleasant to look at? Attractive? Good looking? Oh yeah! All of those describe well this new addition to the award-winning Easy-To-Love rose collection. Decades of hybridizing to enlarge the magenta purple eye to its current size has resulted in an extremely novel color combo with the lavender pink flower coloration. The term floriferous falls short when talking about the number of flowers covering the entire rounded plant. There are so many flowers held in large clusters that you can barely see the lovely clean dark green and glossy foliage. Rest assured of the foliage’s presence. We raised the bar on ‘DISEASE RESISTANCE’, assuring that the plant will stay well-dressed during the growing season. The moderate citrus-like & spices fragrance completes the seduction and guarantees a premium spot in the garden of whichever state you live in!
7. Easy Spirit™ (cv. WEKmereadoit, W177-9) PPAF
Class/Color: Floribunda/White with cream base • Bloom/Size: Pointed & ovoid, Spiraled, formal & double, Large, around 3½-4½ inch diameter • Height/Habit: Upright, medium, medium stem length • Petal Count: 30 to 40 • Fragrance: Mild tea • Parentage: Meredith x Easy Does It • Hybridizer: Tom Carruth • Introducer: Weeks Roses • Comments: Experience the feeling of freedom that comes from the purity of the classy white large flowers with a cream base of Easy Spirit. The perfectly formed buds and flowers hold their beauty throughout the life of the flower, making them great for enjoyment as a bouquet. As a member of the tough as nails Easy-To-Love rose collection, you know you can expect ‘NATURAL DISEASE RESISTANCE’. Across the USA, from East to West and North to South, Easy Spirit has shown strong resilience to rose diseases. That means you will be feeling very relaxed and stress-free as you won’t have to work hard to express the full blooming potential and create an impact in the garden. The upright compact plant with clean glossy green foliage is the ideal backdrop to the non-burning & long-lasting cream flowers. Now seize the day and see life on the brighter side - the Easy Spirit side
Class/Color: Floribunda/Bi-Color, Red blend • Bloom/Size: 3 to 4 inches • Height/Habit: 4 feet wide to 4 feet tall • Petal Count: 11 to 15 • Fragrance: None to Slight • Parentage: Strawberry Ice x Vi’s Violet • Hybridizer: Burling Leong • Introducer: Burlington Rose Nursery • Comments: Blooms in clusters, good repeat bloomer, disease resistance, med. green foliage, stems have thorns, petals fall off clean.
9. Eyeconic® Mango Lemonade ‘Sprolemango’ PPAF
Class/Color: Floribunda/Apricot orange suffused with pink and strong non-fading red blotch at center • Bloom/Size: Medium petals • Height/Habit: Bushy, compact, rounded, 2 ½’ w x 3’ h • Petal Count: 15–18 • Fragrance: Very slight Parentage: unnamed seedling x unnamed seedling • Hybridizer: James Sproul • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: The newest color addition to the Eyeconic® series. Compact rounded habit, great color and contrast with good disease resistance for the type. It holds flowers much better than other hybrid hulthemias and performs well on its own roots.
10. Firebird™ Citiscape® ‘KORtragoso’ PPAF
Class/Color: Floribunda/Yellow and intense red • Bloom/Size: Double, Medium • Height/Habit: 2.5’, bushy, upright • Petal Count: 17-25 •
Fragrance: None noticeable • Hybridizer: Kordes • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Firebird has unique bicolored blooms and a wonderful compact plant habit
11. Frida Kahlo® (cv. WEKcifrabaun, S621-C2) PPAF
Class/Color: Floribunda/Scarlet red striped gold with red blush on finish • Bloom/Size: Ovoid, decorative & double, Medium-large, around 3-4 inch diameter, in small clusters • Height/Habit: Medium, Upright & bushy, Medium stem length • Petal Count: 25 to 40 • Fragrance: Mild fruity • Parentage: (City of San Francisco x Baby Love) x Unknown • Hybridizer: Christian Bédard & Tom Carruth • Introducer: Weeks Roses • Comments: As an emblematic artist of Mexico, world-acclaimed painter Frida Kahlo needs no further introduction. She once said “I paint flowers so they will not die.” Like the flowers she immortalized in her art, the rose Frida Kahlo is a lively and colorful reminder of her enduring spirit. Just as Frida is one of the most recognizable artists for her unique style, the scarlet red and gold striped flowers of Frida Kahlo are also one of a kind in the rose world. The swirl of colors intensifies as the flowers age, adding a red blush as the final touch. Like any painting needs a good stand, the flowers are set in small clusters on a healthy disease resistant plant with clean glossy leaves. If you are one of Frida’s followers or simply a rose lover, join the Fridamania by adding a piece of art to your garden with the striking vibrant rounded flowers produced abundantly on the compact upright vigorous plants.
Class/Color: Shrubby/Pink • Comments: Flowerland is an early, profuse bloomer blessed with a penchant for generous petal counts. The 2.5” pink flowers boast 60 petals and are born to an abundance of glossy green foliage. An outstanding example of Altman Plants’ highly regarded breeding program, it excels in container gardens and would also show well in mass plantings in landscapes and parks. • Bloom/Size: 2.5” • Height/Habit: 1.5’ • Petal Count: 60-65 • Fragrance: peppery • Parentage: Seedling x Knock Out • Hybridizer: Ping Lim • Introducer: Altman Plants/Takamatsu Co., Ltd.(Japan)
13. Gaye Hammond
Class/Color: Bright Yellow with touches of orange • Bloom/Size: 2.5 to 3 inches • Height/Habit: 3’ in the North; 5’ in the South • Petal Count: 18 - 30 • Fragrance: Slight to moderate • Parentage: Rise ‘N Shine x Yellow Submarine • Hybridizer: David Zlesak • Introducer: Chamblees Rose Nursery • Comments: Extremely disease resistant; a bloom-making machine; crown hardy to Zone 4; Suitable for gardens in Zones 4 - 9
14. Grape Jelly™ ‘Meimauleva’ PPAF
Class/Color: Deep lavender, burgundy, does not fade, floribunda • Bloom/Size: Small petals • Height/Habit: Bushy and upright, up to 5 ½’ h • Petal Count: 5–8 • Fragrance: None noticeable • Parentage: The Fairy X Frantasia* Hybridizer: Meilland® International • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Grape Jelly™ has a great novelty color of deep lavender to burgundy depending on the climate. This floribunda rose will work well everywhere except in areas with high pressure for black spot. It grows well on its own roots. Best for the West Coast.
15. Golden Iceberg
Class/Color: Shrubby/Yellow • Comments: Trialed and tested in Japan for three summers, Golden Iceberg is a breakthrough for heat-tolerant roses from the Altman Plants research center. This golden-yellow rose produces a massive score of semi-double blooms throughout the season, complemented by clean, healthy leaves. The 2.5” flowers cluster on and shine against the glossy green foliage. A mass planting would light up a landscape or park. • Bloom/Size: 2.5” • Height/Habit: 2’ • Petal Count: 15-20 • Fragrance: mild spicy • Parentage: Julia Child x Seedling • Hybridizer: Ping Lim • Introducer: Altman Plants/Takamatsu Co., Ltd.(Japan)
16. Highwire Flyer™ ‘Radwire’ PPAF
Class/Color: Climbing/Hot pink • Bloom/Size: Medium petals • Height/Habit: Very bushy, climbing, up to 6’ h Petal Count: 20 on average • Fragrance: None noticeable • Parentage: Mixed parents of unreleased and unnamed breeding plants • Hybridizer: Will Radler • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Bred by Will Radler, Highwire Flyer™ has a very strong, vibrant color with excellent resistance to black spot, rust and mildew. Abundant and continuous electric hot pink blooms will make a statement in any garden.
17. Imogen (Austritch)
Class/Color: Shrub/ Soft yellow • Bloom/Size: Perfect rosette with button eye, 4” diameter • Height/Habit: 4ft x 3ft (upright shrub) • Petal Count: 53 • Fragrance: ight to medium floral fragrance with hint of apple • Parentage: Unnamed seedling x Unnamed seedling • Hybridizer: David Austin • Introducer: David Austin Roses Limited • Comments: Very beautiful, perfectly formed blooms with a button eye characteristic of the antique roses. The color starts a soft yellow and pales to cream. It forms an upright shrub that flowers very freely and stays very healthy.
18. Kiss Me Kate™ ‘KORnagelio’ PPAF
Class/Color: Climber/Pink • Bloom/Size: Double • Height/Habit: 6’ 6”, climbing • Petal Count: 80-90 • Fragrance: Apple, citrus, fruity, strong • Hybridizer: Kordes® • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: This beautiful double pink flowered climbing rose will add wonderful fragrance to the garden as it blooms along an arbor or trellis and will continue to repeat bloom throughout the season. “Gold Medal for CL” in La Tacita (IT) in 2017.
19. Lady in Red™ (cv. WEKvaldaom, X852-2) PPAF
Class/Color: Climber/Dark red suffused with occasional black smoke • Bloom/Size: Globular & ovoid, Old-fashioned & very double, Large, ruffled, around 3½-4½ inch diameter, in small clusters • Height/Habit: Long canes of 8-10 feet, Climbing & spreading, Medium-long stem length • Petal Count: 35 to 50 • Fragrance: Light tea • Parentage: Valentine’s Day x Oh My! • Hybridizer: Christian Bédard • Introducer: Weeks Roses • Comments: Care to dance? Cause ‘Lady in Red, she’s dancing with me’ with her long climbing arms. Don’t worry, she won’t invade your dancing space as the plant is well contained and more compact than many Climbers. That makes it a perfect selection for smaller trellises or fences. The lady was born and raised in the USA, with her flowers bearing the true classic AMERICAN red coloration. That means no hues of pink or blue - just RED, RED, RED all the way to the end of the flower’s life. The large ruffled old-fashioned blossoms will take your breath away and falling in love with this lady is the only possible outcome. Are you ready to dance the night away? You better be because the vigorous plant generates bounteous flowers just waiting for a dance partner.
20. Lemon Drift® Rose ‘Meisentmil’ PP 20,635
Class/Color: Bright yellow, finishing cream yellow • Bloom/Size: Small petals • Height/Habit: Compact, groundcover, 3’ w x 2 ½’ h •Petal Count: 15 on average • Fragrance: None noticeable • Parentage: ‘Meiranovi’ x (‘KORimro’ x ‘Meibaltaz’) • Hybridizer: Meilland® International • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Lemon Drift® is the newest addition to the Drift® series. It is a perfect yellow groundcover rose. Its habit is very bushy, compact, and rounded. Only available for sales in the West.
21. Moonlight Romantica® ‘Meikaquinz’ PPAF
Class/Color: Light yellow, sometimes suffused with white, Hybrid Tea • Bloom/Size: Large petals • Height/Habit: Upright, bushy, up to 6’ h • Petal Count: 50 on average • Fragrance: Strong • Parentage: (Meironsse X Meipsilon) X Ausmas • Hybridizer: Meilland® • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Moonlight Romantica® displays large light yellow full double flowers that are fragrant. It also has an excellent disease tolerance for the type and is very vigorous on its own roots.
22. Oh Happy Day™ Eleganza® ‘KORoligeo’ PPAF
Class/Color: Apricot, Hybrid Tea • Bloom/Size: Large, Double • Height/Habit: 4’, upright • Petal Count: 40-45 • Fragrance: Light • Hybridizer: Kordes® • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Classic-shaped cream apricot flowers on a hardy vigorous shrub-like bush. The apricot high-centered buds open into beautiful pastel flowers. Numerous blooms throughout the season. Dark green healthy foliage. Awarded “Gold Medal HT” and “City of Belfast Award” for the City of Belfast International Rose Trials.
23. Oso Easy Hot Paprika®
Class/Color: Landscape rose/Salmon orange • Bloom/Size: 5cm • Height/Habit: 1-2’ mounded • Petal Count: 5-7 • Parentage: Sport off of Rosa ‘ChewMayTime’ • Hybridizer: Michael W. Farrow • Introducer: Proven Winners® ColorChoice® • Comments: The electric orange blooms of Oso Easy Hot Paprika® rose light up the landscape all summer long. This sport of Oso Easy® Paprika has the same compact mounding habit, excellent hardiness, and superior disease resistance. It’s an easy way to enjoy effortless color.
24. Parade Day™ (cv. WEKmeroro, X193-9) PPAF
Class/Color: Grandiflora/Fuchsia pink striped with bright white • Bloom/Size: Pointed, Spiraled, formal & double, Medium-large, around 3-4½ inch diameter • Height/Habit: Medium-tall, Upright & bushy, Medium-long stem length • Petal Count: 25 to 40 • Fragrance: Strong citrus-like with hints of spices • Parentage: Meredith x Rock & Roll • Hybridizer: Christian Bédard • Introducer: Weeks Roses • Comments: Remember the excitement of lining up in the street as a child to see a parade? Well, we took care of bringing this joy into your garden with the rose Parade Day. The swirl of bright white and fuchsia pink novel coloration brings to mind the movements of the floats. And don’t worry - the show will not be over soon as the flower color holds until the petals drops. Just as fond childhood memories include both sights and smells, Parade Day blooms profusely with elegant buds and flowers accompanied by a very pleasant strong citrus-like fragrance with hints of spices. The petals of each bud are perfectly organized like a well-synchronized marching band. The rhythm created is enhanced with attractive large foliage on a well-covered vigorous plant. Now, let’s bring family and friends into the garden to enjoy the performance!
25. Red Captain
Class/Color: Shrubby/Red • Comments: The first red rose under Altman Plants’ True Bloom™ brand, Red Captain rose to prominence as part of a chemical-free breeding program of award-winning roses. Abundant flowers pop at a prolific pace all season long. This eye-catching, compact, disease-resistant champ combines a healthy petal count with glossy dark green foliage, lending a commanding presence to a container or landscape border. • Bloom/Size: 2” • Height/Habit: 1.5’ • Petal Count: 40-45 • Fragrance: mild • Parentage: Seedling x Seedling • Hybridizer: Ping Lim • Introducer: Altman Plants/Takamatsu Co., Ltd.(Japan)
26. Rosie the Riveter™ (cv. WEKzazou, Q247-2) PPAF
Class/Color: Floribunda/Orangey-gold suffused with pink with gold reverse • Bloom/Size: Pointed & ovoid, Old-fashioned & double, Medium, around 3-3½ inch diameter • Height/Habit: Medium, Rounded & Bushy, Medium stem length • Petal Count: 30 to 45 • Fragrance: Moderate fruity & spice with hints of cinnamon • Parentage: Hotel California x Distant Drums • Hybridizer: Christian Bédard • Introducer: Weeks Roses • Comments: Does adding a part of American history to your garden sound good? Rosie the Riveter pays tribute to the women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. The old-fashioned unusual flowers of orangey-gold suffused with pink are surely reminiscent of that era. The exquisite pointy and shapely buds are proudly held on top of very glossy dark foliage as a feminine symbol of charm and strength. A flower representing a women’s cultural icon without fragrance would not work. The moderate fruity & spice fragrance is the perfect complement. Like the tireless Rosies, the even rounded plants of Rosie the Riveter are the workhorse of the garden, producing an arsenal of flowers. Maximum flower power? Yes, we can do it!
27. Roald Dahl (Ausowlish)
Class/Color: Shrub/Apricot • Bloom/Size: 3.5in diameter • Height/Habit: 4ft x 3ft (bushy, rounded shrub) • Petal Count: 55 • Fragrance: Medium to strong tea fragrance with fruit notes • Parentage: Unnamed seedling x Unnamed seedling
• Hybridizer: David Austin • Introducer: David Austin Roses Limited • Comments: An incredibly free flowering variety, the flower buds starting soft orange-red, the blooms opening to perfect peach color. It is extremely healthy. Will create a wonderful show whether in a more formal rose garden or mixed up with perennials.
28. Sweet Mademoiselle™ ‘Meinostair’ PPAF
Class/Color: Peachy-pink in cooler temperatures, to apricot in the heat, Hybrid Tea • Bloom/Size: Large petals • Height/Habit: Upright, up to 5’ h • Petal Count: 35 • Fragrance: Strong, sweet fragrance • Parentage: (Meironsse X Ausmas) X Baipeace • Hybridizer: Meilland® International • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Displays excellent disease resistance for the type with large full double blooms that are unique in color. The color can vary with the temperatures; becoming lighter in color in the heat and deeper, more vibrant pink in cooler temperatures. The blooms are very fragrant. It grows with great vigor on its own roots.
29. Tangerine Skies™ ‘KORtangenu’ PPAF
Class/Color: Orange, Climber • Bloom/Size: Double, Large • Height/Habit: 8’, climbing • Petal Count: 30-35 • Fragrance: Strong • Parentage: n/a • Hybridizer: Kordes® • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: This beautiful orange climber will reach up to 8’ high. Us it to add interest and color to trellises, arbors, or along a fence or wall.
30. The Coral Knock Out® Rose ‘Radral’ PP 19,803
Class/Color: Brick orange finishing light coral salmon • Bloom/Size: Medium petals • Height/Habit: Bushy, upright, 4 ½’ w x 4 ½’ h • Petal Count: 15–18 on average • Fragrance: None noticeable • Parentage: ‘Radorg’ x ‘Rader’ • Hybridizer: Will Radler • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: A new color addition, the unique coral color is even stronger in hot humid climates. It blooms from spring through fall and maintains an upright to rounded habit. Young foliage is bronze red. Available for sales in the South and Midwest.
31. The Peachy Knock Out® Rose ‘Radgor’ PP 25,628
Class/Color: Shell pink, yellow center • Bloom/Size: Medium petals • Height/Habit: Mounding, 3–4’ w x 3’ h • Petal Count: 5 • Fragrance: None noticeable • Parentage: Mixed parents of unreleased and unnamed breeding plants • Hybridizer: Will Radler • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants • Comments: Blooms from spring through fall with attractive pink flowers. The overall color effect is peach, achieved with the combination of pink petals that have yellow centers. The color is much more intense with the cooler temperature in the spring and fall. Available for sales in the Northeast and Midwest.
32. The White Knock Out® Rose ‘Radwhite’ PP 20,273
Class/Color: White, Shrub • Bloom/Size: Medium petals • Height/Habit: Compact, bushy, 3 ½’w x 3 ½’ h • Petal Count: 5
Fragrance: Very slight citrusy • Parentage: ‘Radmom’ x ‘Radsweet’ • Hybridizer: Will Radler • Introducer: Star® Roses and Plants Comments: An excellent shrub rose which stands out in the landscape from the contrast between pure white blooms and very dark green foliage. It will bloom from spring through fall and maintains a compact habit. Available for sales in all regions.
33. Top Gun™ (cv. WEKmoridahor, X566-B1) PPAF
Class/Color: Shrub/ Red with a dark burgundy suffusion • Bloom/Size: Pointed & ovoid, Decorative & semi-double, Medium, around 2½-3 inch diameter, in small clusters • Height/Habit: Medium, Rounded & bushy, Medium stem length • Petal Count: about 10 • Fragrance: Moderate fruity • Parentage: Memorial Day x Home Run • Hybridizer: Tom Carruth • Introducer: Weeks Roses • Comments: Top Gun – The Best of the Best. That’s a true statement knowing that the new variety has excellent ‘DISEASE RESISTANCE’ to major rose diseases. Just this fact alone makes it a very good new introduction for the landscape. But, with the added resistance to Rose Rosette Disease, it’s truly the Best of the Best. In multiple years of trials throughout the Eastern United States, Top Gun came out standing proud untouched by Rose Rosette where most other varieties showed symptoms of infection. That’s quite amazing! The top-ranked variety is also a high performer when it comes to bloom production. The rounded bushy well-behaved plant produces vigorous stems ending with clusters of long-lasting dark red flowers. For top flowering performance in the garden and outstanding clean foliage in most climates, look no further than Top Gun!
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