Large pyramidal clusters of 30 to 50 semi-double blooms
are produced on the neat, low-growing plants of
'Gabrielle Privat'. Flowering begins in spring and continues in great profusion
through fall. Individual blooms are carmine-pink and 1 1/4 inches across. They are attractively
displayed against lush bright green foliage.
The bush has a full, mounding habit and requires little
pruning except to thin and remove dead growth. Plants of
'Gabrielle Privat' are rugged" and tolerate a wide range of
soils. A good choice for small gardens or for massing, they
are also pretty in containers.
The lightly fragrant blooms of 'Garden Party' are pale yellow
fading to white, with light pink petal tips. Each flower is
cup shaped and double, with petals flaring 4 to 5 inches
across. Their color deepens somewhat in fall. They bloom
profusely in midseason, with a good repeat. Leaves are
semi-glossy and dark green with reddish undersides.
The vigorous, bushy plants are valuable in the garden,
where they are especially dramatic when planted in large
groups. The flowers are excellent for cutting. 'Garden Party' rose
is somewhat susceptible to mildew and may develop
black spot in damp weather.
'Gartendirektor Otto Linne' Roses (Shrub, Introduced - 1934)
The ruffled blossoms of 'Gartendirektor Otto linne' are
borne on long stems in slightly pendulous clusters of up to
30 blooms. Individual flowers are double and have a
moderate, carnation-like fragrance. The carmine-pink petals are
edged with a darker pink and are yellow-white at the base.
Foliage is leathery and bright apple green.
This rose is vigorous and bushy. The rose can be used to create
an elegant hedge and in mild climates can be trained as a
climber. Disease resistance is very good.
'Gene Boerner' Roses (Introduced - 1969)
A classic among floribundas, 'Gene Boerner' bears large, medium
pink flowers with the look of a hybrid tea, but they are denser,
with 35 petals per bloom; this gives the blossoms a voluptuous
beauty when fully open. This rose has an unusually tall and slender
profile for a floribunda, making it an excellent choice for a narrow border
space or a small backyard. This rose is also exceptionally tolerant of
heat and humidity. 'Gene Boerner' is utterly reliable even in central Texas, a region where
intensely hot and humid summers are hard on floribundas.
Long cutting stems made this an early florist's rose.
Blooms are 2 1/2 to 4 inches across, cupped, bright, clear red, and
extremely fragrant. They have 25 to 30 petals, whose reverse
side is overtoned in white. Often considered the prototype of the
hybrid perpetual class, this variety blooms repeatedly on bushy;
4- to 5-foot plants with rich green foliage. Rose growers have
dubbed this variety "General Jack."
'Gipsy Boy' Roses (Burbon, Introduced - 1909)
There is some argument as to whether this rose belongs among
the Bourbons. Although the breeder, Peter Lambert of
Germany, classed 'Gipsy Boy' as a Bourbon, he never revealed its
parentage, so the truth will never be known. But two things are
certain: this is one of the easiest roses to grow, and when it's in full
bloom -the long, arching canes bowing under the weight of the
small crimson-purple blossoms -it is spectacular.
The foliage of 'Gipsy Boy' is healthy but somewhat coarse, and the canes are
prickly. This is not a rose to include in the flower bed or a formal setting,
but it is an excellent choice for use as a landscape shrub or to plant along the
edge of a meadow.
'Gloire de Dijon' Roses (Climber, Introduced - 1853)
Though classified as a climbing tea rose, this cultivars blossoms
have the look of its Bourbon rose parent, 'Souvenir de la
Malmaison'. The flowers of 'Gloire de Dijon' are large, round, quartered, buff
yellow with pink-apricot shading, and have a rich fragrance. 'Gloire de Dijon'
rose begins the season with a heavy crop of flowers and then repeats well into
the fall. This rose is a good source of cut flowers.
'Gloire des Mousseuses' Roses (Moss, Introduced - 1852)
Heavily mossed buds open into clear, bright pink, double flowers
with a deeper pink center. The petals overlay each other on
4-inch flowers that appear in clusters once a year above large, light
green leaves. Plants grow 3 to 4 feet high.
The deep yellow flowers of 'Gold Medal' are flushed and
edged with orange-red. High-centered double blossoms
appear singly or in clusters on long stems and are 3 1/2 to 4
inches across; they bear a fruity fragrance. Blooming in
abundance throughout the season, this is one of the last
roses to quit in the fall. Leaves are dark and glossy, and canes
have few thorns.
Plants are tall, bushy, and upright. They take well to
pruning but prefer to be pruned high. The bush is
suitable for beds and borders, and its flowers are excellent for
cutting and exhibition. Plants are disease resistant.
This relatively short-caned climber bears large, ruffled,
semi-double, daffodil yellow blooms with red stamens, providing a
large flush of flowers in late spring or early summer, then
faltering a bit and producing another big flush in fall. Although
'Golden Showers' rose prefers full sun, it will tolerate some shade and so is a
good choice when a rose is needed for a north-facing wall. By periodically
pruning back the canes, this rose can be maintained as a large specimen shrub.
This rose is somewhat cold sensitive and
performs best in the Mid-Atlantic states and the South.
'Golden Unicorn' Roses (Shrub, Introduced - 1984)
Dr. Griffith Buck's vision for the rose was a populist one: he
sought to create a strain of shrubs that would flourish with
minimal care in the climatic extremes of this continent's heartland.
It's ironic that today his rose should be known mainly to
connoisseurs. That is changing, however, as a new generation of nurserymen
reintroduces them to the general public. It still takes some hunting
to locate 'Golden Unicorn' rose, but hopefully that is changing.
It should, for this rose is a wonderfully hardy shrub that bears large, fragrant,
shallow-cupped blossoms of yellow edged with orange-red. This shrub's disease
resistance and abundant, recurrent bloom make it a terrific landscape rose for
'Golden Wings' Roses (Shrub, Introduced - 1956)
'Golden Wings' has long been considered a valuable landscape shrub because
of its hardiness, disease resistance, and recurrent bloom. One of the first
roses to bloom in spring, this rose attracts the
foraging honeybees with its 2 1/2 - 3 in (6.5 - 7.5cm), pale yellow, five-petaled disks.
These flowers are highly fragrant, and the knots of
saffron-colored stamens at their centers give them a special interest.
The light green foliage is notably disease resistant but may prove
susceptible to blackspot in humid climates.
Attractive as a large, upright shrub, 'Golden Wings' rose can also be
trained to climb a wall or run along a split-rail fence.
'Goldstern' Roses (Climber, Introduced - 1966)
An exceptionally hardy climber.
Although this rose was bred by another German nurseryman,
Matt Tantau, it descends from the Kordes nursery. This rose is
usually grown as a climber, though in a large spot and an informal
planting, it could be allowed to sprawl. 'Goldstern' rose is especially good for
cold, exposed sites. It bears clusters of long, pointed buds that open into 4 in
(10cm) fully double flowers that are flattened
like architectural rosettes. The fragrance of the flowers is only
slight. The leaves are medium green, glossy, and usually healthy. The
new foliage is pale green edged with red, making a pleasant contrast.
The flowers of 'Gourmet Popcorn' are semi-double and pure white with golden
centers -just like kernels of buttered popcorn, in fact -and they are borne in
large clusters throughout much of the growing season. This is an excellent
compact border or landscape shrub with very disease-resistant dark green
foliage. It is also exceptionally cold hardy, overwinter 'Gourmet Popcorn'
without any artificial protection; the rose's small stature allows it to hide
beneath the natural insulation of a blanket of snow.
'Graceland' Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced - 1989)
golden yellow color characterizes 'Graceland'. The high-centered
flowers are 4 to 5 inches wide, with 30 to 35 ruffled petals; they
bloom in sprays on long cutting stems. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall
and have better-than-average disease resistance.
'Graham Thomas' Roses (Shrub, Introduced - 1983)
Named for the great British plantsman and rose historian,
'Graham Thomas' rose was the first truly yellow English rose, and many gardeners
today consider it the finest yellow rose of all. Its double,
cupped, 4 in (10cm) flowers are a luminous deep gold, and
they have a warm tea rose fragrance. To create his English roses,
nurseryman David Austin crosses old, once-blooming roses with
modern everbloomers, and the frequency with which his roses
rebloom varies from cultivar to cultivar. 'Graham Thomas' rose falls
somewhere in the middle: it bears a large flush of flowers in late
spring or early summer and then reblooms somewhat irregularly. A
large and lanky shrub at the northern edge of its range, it makes a
wonderful climber in warmer climates.
'Granada' Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced - 1963)
The 4- to 5-inch blooms of 'Granada' rose are extremely
colorful, including shades of yellow, pink, and orange-red. Buds
are spiraled, opening to high-centered double flowers that
flatten with age and emit a rich, spicy fragrance. Blossoms
are borne singly or in clusters continuously throughout the
season. Leaves are leathery, crinkled, dark green, and
Plants are upright, vigorous, and bushy. They can be grown in beds or borders
and provide a constant source of spectacularly colored flowers for indoor
arrangements. While resistant to black spot, plants are prone to mildew.
'Great Maiden's Blush' Roses (Alba, Introduced - prior to 1600)
The 2- to 3-inch double flowers of 'Great Maiden's Blush'
are white with a delicate pink blush. As a blossom matures,
its outer petals reflex and fade to a pale cream, while the
center remains blush pink. Borne in clusters in early
summer, blooms do not repeat. They have an
exceptionally sweet fragrance. Foliage is lush and blue-gray,
providing a lovely foil for the softly colored flowers.
This rose is a vigorous grower, well branched and arching. This rose makes a
fine garden shrub for large beds and an attractive informal hedge.
This rose is very hardy.
'Green Ice' Roses (Miniature, Introduced - 1971)
Green flowers provide an arresting accent for the flower garden,
especially when they are as shapely as the blossoms of
'Green Ice'. Its pointed buds open into high-centered, fully double, white
blooms that mimic in miniature the classic form of the hybrid tea.
Though they open icy white, they gradually darken to a pleasing
soft green. The foliage is attractive, too: delicate and glossy.
This shrub's lax habit of growth lends itself to training along a
low wall or fence, but it also shows to good advantage when
displayed in a hanging basket. 'Green Ice' fits easily into a rock garden
and makes an unusual edging plant. For a bolder statement, mass
several plants together.
'Green Rose' Roses (China, Introduced - prior to 1845)
Known botanically as R. chinensis viridiflora, this rose is unique in that it is truly
green-and therefore fits none of the standard color
classifications. Its 1 1/2- to 2-inch blooms with narrow; leaf like medium
bright green petals appear singly or in clusters throughout the
summer. Plants grow 3 to 5 feet high.
Hybrid rugosa. This sport of 'F. J. Grootendorst' is identical to
it in all respects except that its flowers are a deeper and brighter
'Gruss an Aachen' Roses (Floribunda, Introduced - 1909)
Buds of 'Gruss an Aachen' are tinted with red-orange and
yellow but open to reveal pale apricot-pink blooms that fade
to creamy white. The flowers, reminiscent of old garden
roses, are 3 inches across, double, and cup shaped, with
a rich fragrance. They are borne in clusters throughout
the season. Leaves are rich green and leathery.
This rose has a low growing, bushy habit and is very free blooming, even in
partial shade. This rose is a good choice for
a bed or low hedge. The plants are quite hardy and disease