One of the most cold tolerant of the floribundas, this rose also
performs well in the South, though a slight susceptibility to
blackspot makes it less than an ideal choice for the Southeast. In the drier
Southwest, however, 'Iceberg' is one of the half dozen roses he recommends most
highly as both easy and rewarding. Wherever you garden, the
abundance and beauty of its blooms are likely to make 'Iceberg'
irresistible. The double (30 petals), 3 in (7 .6cm) flowers are pure
white, very fragrant, and held in clusters above the semi- glossy, light
green foliage. 'Iceberg' makes an excellent plant for a winter-hardy
hedge that will continue to bloom from late spring to fall -and
into the winter in the South.
'Illusion' Roses (Shrub, Introduced - 1961)
Another good shrub for the north country, 'Illusion' bears
bunches of medium-size, lightly fragrant, double, red flowers
in early summer. After reblooming moderately in midsummer, this rose
starts flowering heavily again at summer's end and into the fall.
Nurseryman Wilhelm Kordes bred this from two exceptionally
hardy and disease-resistant species. In the warmer part of
Connecticut range, 'Illusion' develops long, flexible canes that
can be trained along a fence or up a trellis.
'Immensee' Roses (Shrub, Introduced - 1982)
The small flowers of 'Immensee' are pale pink to
almost white, single, and quite fragrant. The blooms appear
in profusion in the spring and repeat well throughout the
season. The leaves are small in proportion to the flowers and
are dark green and glossy.
This rose has a low-growing, spreading habit; canes may spread as wide as 13
feet. This rose is useful as a flowering ground
cover. This rose, bred by Kordes of Germany using R.
wichuraiana, is very hardy and resistant to disease.
'Impatient' Roses (Floribunda, Introduced - 1984)
This variety's name was intended to imply that the plant was impatient to rebloom, but
gardeners have found that they grow impatient waiting for it, as its
repeat interval is long. The high-centered, slightly fragrant flowers
are bright orange with a yellow base. The 3-inch blooms with 20
to 30 petals appear singly or in small sprays. Very thorny canes
are covered with semi-glossy dark green to mahogany leaves that
resist disease. Plants grow 2 to 3 1/2 feet tall.
The brilliant orange-red blossoms of 'Independence' make a
dramatic contrast to the bronze-purple color of the new
growth, and the 4 1/2 in (11cm) fragrant double flowers continue to show up well
against the dark, glossy green of the mature leaves. Although the flowering may
be more intermittent than that of other floribundas, this rose mounts a fine display when it does
bloom, bearing its large and shapely blossoms in bunches of as
many as 10 per cluster. The provenance of this rose is significant. This rose
was bred by the German nurseryman Wilhelm Kordes, a master
rosarian whose name is synonymous with hardy and healthy shrubs.
This rose commemorating the late Swedish-born actress has slightly fragrant
blooms of dark red set off by dark green foliage. Flowers have 35
to 40 petals and open 4 to 5 1/2 inches across. The most
outstanding feature of this rose is its exceptional winter hardiness. Upright
plants grow 4 1/2 feet tall.
'Intrigue' Roses (Floribunda, Introduced - 1984)
Intriguing it is, for there are few roses with this medium purple to plum color overcast with
gray. The strongly fragrant blooms start out high-centered, then open into
decorative ruffled flowers 3 inches across that have 20 petals. Shiny medium to
dark green foliage covers thorny canes. The compact plants grow only 1 to 2 feet
tall, making this variety good for edging. Blooming does not repeat very
Known in Europe as 'Grandpa Dickson' (after a patriarch of the Northern Ireland
rose breeding clan), 'Irish Gold' rose has clear, pale yellow flowers whose
petals quill when the flower is open, giving it a star-shaped
outline. Occasionally the petals have a pale pink edge. Flowers are
5 to 6 inches across with 30 to 35 petals, and have a light, sweet
fragrance. The bushy plants reach a height of 3 to 4 1/2 feet and
have leathery, glossy, dark green foliage.
The perfectly formed double flowers of 'Irresistible' rose are
white with a pale pink center and are produced on long
stems. Borne singly and in clusters, the high-centered
blooms have more than 40 petals each and put off a
moderate, spicy fragrance. Hips are green to yellow brown,
and leaves are medium green and semi- glossy.
Plants are upright and larger than most miniatures. They
are well suited to growing in beds, borders, and containers.
Their abundant production of long-stemmed hybrid-tea-type
blooms makes them ideal for flower cutting and exhibiting.
'Isabella Sprunt' Roses (Tea, Introduced - 1855)
This rose is a "sport" of the classic tea rose 'Safrano', which
means that a bud on a bush of 'Safrano' spontaneously
mutated, and a branch with different characteristics emerged from
the parent bush. A nurseryman observed this and took a cutting
from the mutated branch. Every bush of 'Isabella Sprunt' descends
from that cutting.
Aside from that, every bush of 'Isabella Sprunt' is also a
handsome shrub, mounded and as broad as it is tall, with dean, healthy
foliage that is plum purple when new. This rose is almost always in
bloom, bearing sulfur yellow, semi double, fragrant flowers that, not
surprisingly, resemble those of its parent in everything but color.
'Ispahan' Roses (Damask, Introduced - 1832)
The very fragrant, double blooms of 'Ispahan' (also
called 'Pompon des Princes') appear in profusion over a 2-
month period in early and midseason, but they do not
repeat. Borne in clusters, the bright clear pink flowers are
2 1/2 to 3 inches across, cup shaped, and loosely reflexing.
They are long-lasting, holding both their shape and their
color well. Foliage is small with a blue-green cast.
This rose is bushy and upright. With a flowering season that is remarkably long
for a damask, this rose is valued both as a
garden shrub and for cut flowers. The plant is vigorous,
disease resistant, and quite hardy.
creamy white flowers of 'Ivory Fashion' rose begin as rounded buds
suffused with yellow and peach. These open into flat, fragrant 3 1/2-
to 4-inch flowers with 15 to 18 petals that bloom in sprays all
summer. Plants grow 3 1/2 to 4 feet tall, with leathery, medium
green, semi-glossy foliage on almost thornless canes.