Disease free home garden roses

Grow coral-orange Showboat roses in zones 4-9

Good news on the commercial release of a sweet little rose that thinks it’s a big shot blooming spring through summer with another heavy color burst in fall.

These StoryBook roses are tiny but mighty bloomers. They are highly disease-resistant and low maintenance. One delightful note to home gardeners: StoryBook roses can be easily propagated since they can be grown from cuttings on their own roots.

I’ve have two StoryBook roses growing in the front of my house for three years. With the exception of an occasional watering during the drought, I’ve generally neglected them. They are disease free, and don’t need the intensive care that keep many folks away from roses.

My StoryBook roses do not get pricey rose food, have no spray schedule and are happy to have a shovel full of compost and a couple inches of mulch every year. Thanks to its compact habit, they require very little pruning.

Advertised as “highly resistant to powdery mildew and little affected by black spot”, they proved to be disease-free in my hot, humid zone 6 garden. Even in containers, these hardy roses have survived week-long 100 degree days and weeks of freezing weather.

I have two StoryBook Roses. One is a floriferous coral double rose named “Showboat,” and the other, a bold and bright white rose with a yellow center, named “Moby Dick”.

There are two more StoryBook Roses. “Little Women”, is a soft pink semi-double rose. And the newest is “Sundance Kid” starts as a coral bud and opend to a soft yellow with a faint coral blush. Mature blooms are a soft yellow and hold their color even in the hottest weather.

Just imagine how beautiful they would be if I lavished a little attention or fertilizer on them. But after three years, I really do need to shape and trim them up. Now, I am headed out to cleanup these long ignored little roses because we are expecting company. This spring, you can come by and see my roses. Or, call 1(800) 770-2777 to order Storybook Roses.™

Brought to the industry by the breeder of Patriot™ Lantanas, R.J. (Jack) Roberson, StoryBook™ Garden Roses will be “whats next” in easy care home gardens. These little gems are perfect as patio roses or hardy in containers.

Story Book™ Roses are the closest thing to a maintenance free rose I have ever grown.

For more information: contact Jo Roberson at jo@americandaylily.com or go to www.gardensofglory.com.

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