I just received three beautiful roses from Chamblee Nursery–Aloha, Belinda’s Dream and Carefree Beauty. Two of these lovelies are considered Earth Kind roses.
Earth-Kind is a special designation given to select rose cultivars by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service through the Earth-Kind landscaping program. It is based on the results of extensive research and field trials and is awarded only to those roses demonstrating superior pest tolerance, combined with outstanding landscape performance.
Read more About Earth-Kind Roses.
- Classification: Shrub rose
- Introduced: 1992
- Size: Medium shrub (5’X 5′)
- Bloom: Very double, 100+ petals, up to 4″ diameter. Successive flushes of bloom spring, summer, and fall.
- Fragrant: Moderate
- Cold Hardiness: Zones 5-9
I had the great pleasure of seeing Belinda’s Dream in all her glory in the Biltmore Rose Garden a few weeks ago. (Read more about that here.) This rose had first been recommended to me by Peggy Martin as her favorite rose … especially for those new to growing roses. I am not new to growing roses but I just had to have this lovely rose! Wouldn’t you?
You can read more about Peggy Martin and her incredible rose here.
- Classification: Shrub
- ARS Rating: 8.5
- Introduction: 1977
- Color: Light rose
- Size: 3′ – 4′ 3′ – 4′
- Cold Hardiness: Zones 4 – 9
- Disease Resistance: Very
- Fragrance: Mild
To see other Earth Kind roses, read on.
Her is a fascinating article on Dr. Buck’s life and roses by Julie Jean Gustafson Minot–Dr. Bucks Life.
Other Earth Kind roses I have in my garden that do extremely well are New Dawn and The Fairy.
Here is a picture of Mutabilis in the Biltmore Rose Garden…
Click here to hear Peggy Martin tell her story … From Devastation to Inspiration.