ALL-AMERICA ROSE SELECTIONS FOR 2004
Everything A Prize Rose
Selected as 2004 AARS Winners
They’re just what
you’d expect an award-winning rose to be: beautiful, fragrant, disease resistant
and easy to maintain. These traits have earmarked All-America Rose Selections
winners for 65 years, and the 2004 AARS Winners are outstanding examples of
roses that have excelled during two years of thorough testing.
Day Breaker, Honey Perfume and Memorial Day have outperformed the field to be
awarded the coveted AARS honor.
As the absolute best new roses for the next growing season, this trio promises
to sparkle in any garden and stir up emotions as rose lovers renew their affair
with this gem of all flowers.
“No new roses are ever guaranteed of meeting All-America Rose Selections’
standards during the rigorous trials in test gardens across the country,” says
AARS President Phil Edmunds. “The fact that we have three deserving winners this
year is testament not only to the roses’ stellar performance, but also the
diligence of growers to deliver new, exciting varieties to the rose-growing
Rigorous Test Program
AARS winning roses are all judged on 15 key gardening characteristics including
disease resistance, hardiness, color, form, flowering effect, fragrance, vigor
and novelty. Winners must perform exceptionally well over a two-year period in
numerous test gardens throughout the United States.
Day Breaker, Honey Perfume and Memorial Day will be available for the 2004
planting season through selected catalogs and at retail garden stores
Day Breaker is an upright, bushy floribunda with bright, multi-shade blooms in
yellow, blending to pink and apricot. From pointed and shapely buds, its
spiraled blooms grow to 4 to 4½ inches in diameter, with 30 to 35 pedals per
flower, each nestled among dark, glossy green foliage on a plant that reaches a
Day Breaker is an awakening of the senses, not only for its exquisite beauty,
but also for its sharp moderate tea fragrance. Day Breaker truly earns its
floribunda classification with its brilliantly colorful, long-lasting clusters
of flowers in a hardy, continuous bloom.
Hybridized by Gareth Fryer, Day Breaker is being introduced by
Edmunds’ Roses of
This second award winning floribunda for 2004 is one “sweet” honey of a rose.
Exceptionally rich in color, Honey Perfume is a knockout performer. Its bright
apricot yellow blooms grow in large, open clusters with fast repeat on an
upright, well-branched plant. Flowers are 4 inches in diameter with 25 to 30
petals each on 12 to 14-inch long stems. Honey Perfume grows to about 3½ feet
high and 2½ feet wide and features dark green and glossy foliage.
This classic floribunda has a great spicy scent and exhibits very good
resistance to disease, including rust and powdery mildew. Honey Perfume was
hybridized by Keith Zary and is being introduced by
Jackson and Perkins Wholesale Inc.
of Medford, Ore.
Like the holiday of
the same name, Memorial Day is truly worth celebrating. Expertly representing
the most popular class of modern roses — hybrid tea — this medium-tall, upright
and bushy variety features very large, full, spiraled blooms with more than 50
petals per flower. Evolving from pointed and ovoid buds, Memorial Day’s clear
pink flowers are accented with a lavender wash and grow to up to 5 inches in
diameter. Its long cutting stems are beautifully clothed with rich green foliage
to accent the large blossoms.
With its classic, strong damask rose fragrance, a single Memorial Day rose can
fill an entire room with sweet rose perfume. A vigorous and productive
performer, Memorial Day is highly disease resistant and especially loves hot
weather, particularly for unfurling its commemorative rose petals. It makes a
great, easy-to-grow addition to any garden.
Memorial Day’s hybridizer is Tom Carruth. It’s being introduced by
Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower
of Upland, Calif.
All-America Rose Selections
is a non-profit association dedicated to the introduction and promotion of
exceptional roses. Since 1938, the AARS trial program has encouraged the rose
industry to improve the vitality, strength and beauty of roses for American home
gardens. Today, the AARS program is one of the most successful and highly
regarded of its kind, having brought to the forefront such roses as Peace,
Mister Lincoln, Knock Out, and Bonica.
Day Breaker is a trademark of Edmunds’ Roses.
Honey Perfume is a trademark of Jackson and Perkins Wholesale Inc.
Memorial Day is a trademark of Weeks Wholesale Rose Grower.