Greenhouses and nurseries that supply roses have several new varieties they can choose from over the next couple of years. Breeders are making several new varieties available in 2016, with more to come in 2017.
Keep reading for a look at what’s on the market now, and what’s on the horizon.
‘Pretty Lady Rose’ (Weeks Roses)
Inspired by the Lady Rose MacClare character on the TV show “Downton Abbey,” ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ is new at retail stores for 2016. The deep-pink flowers on this Hybrid Tea bush are large (4 to 5 inches in diameter), with ruffled petals. The long-lasting blooms have a sweetly scented fragrance with hints of peonies and spices, similar to the perfume a noble woman from the “Downton Abbey” period might have worn. The plant is dressed with a gown of healthy, bright, medium-green glossy foliage. With her compact habit, this selection brings elegance to smaller spaces of the garden, and ‘Pretty Lady Rose’ also looks great when grown in pots.