Imagine: You need a small bouquet, something that will lift spirits and prompt smiles all day. Maybe it’s an apology for being cranky with a girlfriend. Or perhaps it’s for your mom who’s going through a tough time. This small bunch of flowers might simply be a mood-lifter for your desk at the office. Thankfully, you have flowers growing in your yard and among them is a lovely, fragrant, salmon-colored rose.
Name: Rosa x At Last (aka At Last™ Rosa x ‘HORCOGJIL’ USPPAF, Can PBRAF)
Type of Plant: A Floribunda rose that combines the look of a tea rose flower with the habit and disease resistance of a shrub (landscape) plant. A landscape rose that smells like a rose! Hardy in zones 5-9
Why I love this: I have a soft spot for flowers that are salmon, peach or coral…so I was already predisposed to like this shrub rose. These colors blend so well in just about any garden, and they’ll work with a dash of other flowers in orange or red. Flexibility in all things, right? Over the summer, however, I’ve also come to love the way this plant kept producing flower. It is said to do so even if you don’t deadhead it, but I did try and snip off the spent flowers over the summer when I thought of it. And sure enough, this rose is a flower-making machine. And the blossom’s scent is lovely. I predict that because of the color and fragrance, this will be one of the most sought after shrub roses in the future.
A Word to the Wise: Although this shrub rose is, like others, disease resistant, it is a rose after all. So don’t place it where the irrigation hits the foliage frequently. And like other roses, apply fertilizer and organic matter regularly.