For the last several years, Bayer has sponsored a float in Pasadena’s annual Tournament of Roses Parade that features some of our favorite flowers – including All-America Rose Selections (AARS) winners. These outstanding roses earn the award after two years of rigorous testing in environments that simulate a home garden.

If you’re considering adding roses to your yard (and you should!), try one of our favorite award-winning beauties. These roses boast tough, easy-growing personalities that embody the best of what the classic bloomer has to offer.

Sunshine Daydream

Sunshine Daydream

Light-yellow blooms unfurl with an abundance of petals that fade to creamy yellow. Glossy, dark-green leaves shrug off disease, including black spot. This Grandiflora type rose has a round, bushy form; flowers open continuously throughout the growing season.
Size: 5–6 feet tall, 4 feet wide
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6–10
AARS winner: 2012

Carefree Spirit

Carefree Spirit

Single cherry-red flowers with a white center open in clusters on a plant that blends disease resistance with nonstop beauty. Leaves are glossy and deep green, providing a striking backdrop to the bright-red blooms. This is an ideal landscape rose that doesn’t need coddling.
Size: 5 feet tall and wide
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5–10
AARS winner: 2009

Strike It Rich

Strike It Rich

If you like long-stemmed roses, you’ll love this gem. “Strike It Rich” opens golden yellow flowers suffused with orange and red tones. Dark-red stems complement blooms, as do deep-green leaves. Petal-rich flowers boast a fruity fragrance and make a gorgeous addition to garden-fresh bouquets.
Size: 5 feet tall, 3–4 feet wide
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5–10, 4 with winter protection
AARS winner: 2007

Julia Child

Julia Child

Butter-gold blooms exude an intense, sweet licorice fragrance on this pretty rose, selected by the famous chef herself. This is a free-flowering Floribunda shrub rose, tossing open blossoms featuring many petals. Disease resistance is excellent.
Size: 2–3 feet tall and wide
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5–10, 4 with winter protection
AARS winner: 2006

About Face

About Face

You want this unusual rose if you like to cut flowers for bouquets. Petals showcase two colors: light golden-orange inside backed with dark bronzy- orange outside. The effect is striking in the garden, and disease-resistant foliage only strengthens the show. Plant this, “Julia Child” and “Hot Cocoa” roses for stunning rose bouquets.
Size: 4–6 feet tall, 2–3 feet wide
Hardiness: USDA Zones 5–10, 4 with winter protection
AARS winner: 2005

Hot Cocoa

Hot Cocoa

Rust-tinted buds open to reveal ruffled, eye-catching flowers in shades of cinnamon brown and chocolate orange with smoky purple overtones. The effect is gorgeous, and blossoms offer a light apple scent to boot. Deep-green, glossy leaves complement blooms on this free-flowering Floribunda rose. Stems are thorny; site this beauty away from play areas.
Size: 3–6 feet tall, 2–3 feet wide
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6–10
AARS winner: 2003

Starry Night

Starry Night

Pure white 3-inch blooms decorate this landscape shrub rose throughout the growing season. Passersby frequently mistake it for a dogwood with its five-petaled flowers. Disease resistance is superb, and flowers don’t require deadheading. If you want a white shrub rose, you want “Starry Night.”
Size: 3 feet tall and wide in cool climes; 6 feet tall and wide in warmer regions
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6–10
AARS winner: 2002

Marmalade Skies

Marmalade Skies

Some gardeners call this easy-growing, shade-tolerant rose a tangerine machine, because it’s always opening dazzling orange roses. The plants are compact and disease resistant. This Floribunda type rose opens 3-inch-wide flowers in clusters of five to eight, creating a single-stemmed bouquet.
Size: 3 feet tall and wide
Hardiness: USDA Zones 6–10
AARS winner: 2001