Beautify your landscape with roses that don’t require heavy-duty maintenance. The All-America Rose Selections program puts roses through the paces, choosing winners that showcase fuss-free beauty. The 2011 AARS winners can help transform a simple shrub border into a colorful showpiece.

Winning Roses Pass the Test

In order to earn the esteemed AARS award, roses must perform well throughout a two-year trial program. A total of 23 trial gardens scattered across the country ensure that roses are grown and evaluated in every regional climate zone. Garden conditions and rose care mimic those of a homeowner, so these winners aren’t coddled into strong performances.

Judges evaluate roses on a variety of characteristics, including flower number, blossom color, fragrance, foliage, and disease resistance. Roses that score consistently well earn the title of AARS winner.

2011 AARS Winners

Two roses earned winning titles for 2011.

Walking on SunshineWalking on Sunshine. If you want to try an easy-care rose, set your sights on this award-winning floribunda rose. Flower buds explode to reveal bright yellow ruffled blooms, 3 to 3.5 inches across. A moderate fragrance with hints of anise graces each blossom. As flowers fade, the cheery yellow fades to deeper shades.

Walking on Sunshine is a floribunda rose, which is prized for a nonstop flower show that features clusters of blooms atop the ends of stems. It forms a tidy shrub 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. This winner has a strong constitution, not succumbing easily to diseases. Like other floribunda roses, Walking on Sunshine is an excellent choice for gardeners who are new to growing roses or who want to create a rose hedge.

Dick Clark roseDick Clark rose. This charmer introduces changing beauty to the garden. Blossoms shift in color as they mature from bud to bloom. Dark burgundy-black buds open to reveal creamy petals edged with sizzling cherry-pink. As petals age, their hue deepens to burgundy, followed by dark red. On a given plant, no two roses look alike, staging a continuously changing color show.

Dick Clark is a grandiflora rose, which is a cross between a hybrid tea and a floribunda rose. Fully double blossoms measure 4 to 5 inches across and rise on long stems that appear singly or in clusters. The plant resembles a shrub, growing 5 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide. Flowers boast a cinnamon fragrance and contrast nicely with dark, glossy leaves that shrug off diseases.

Landscaping With Roses

Whether you’re growing floribunda or grandiflora roses like these two winners, you’ll make the most of your investment by learning how best to use these beauties in the landscape. Discover great ways to make roses part of your landscape in our article on “Landscaping With Roses.”

A Full-Service Rose Resource

The AARS program doesn’t just test roses and hand out awards. It also provides excellent advice on growing roses and details which roses grow best in specific regions of the country.

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To discover which roses will perform in your region, click here.