Rosa MIDAS TOUCH (syn. ‘JACtou’) (Christensen 1992) (‘Brandy’ x ‘Friesensohne’) – This reliable and weather-resistant hybrid tea rose quickly won an AARS award in 1994, just two years after it was introduced. It bears 3-4″ wide deep golden yellow blooms that open quickly in warm weather. Moderate sweet fruit fragrance. Grows 4-5′ high by 3-4′ wide. Zone 6.
Rosa IN THE MOOD (syn. ‘WEKfrancoly’) (Carruth 2005) (‘City of San Francisco’ x ‘ Olympiad’) – There are some that call IN THE MOOD the best red hybrid tea rose since ‘Mr. Lincoln’ and I would have to agree with them. The large 5″ wide flowers are a rich velvet red and are usually borne singly – contrasted nicely by glossy grey-green foliage. Grows 4-5′ high by 3-4′ wide. Zone 6.
Rosa ‘John F. Kennedy’ (syn. ‘JFK’) (Boerner 1965) (seedling x ‘White Queen’) – An older hybrid tea rose with fully double blooms (48 petals) of pure white with cream undertones that open to 5″. ‘John F. Kennedy’ has long straight stems and makes an excellent cut flower, blooming late spring through summer. Light licorice fragrance. Grows 3-5′ high by 2-3′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Rosa ELECTRON (syn. ‘Mullard Jubilee’) (McGredy 1970) (‘Paddy McGredy’ x PRIMA BALLERINA) – This child of the 70’s lives up to its reputation with huge 5″ wide shocking blooms of an electric pink that are sweetly fragrant. It flowers from late spring to mid autumn over glossy deep green foliage. Quite resistant to most rose diseases. Grows 4′ high by 3-4′ wide. Zone 5.
Rosa NEPTUNE (syn. ‘WEKhilpurnil’) (Carruth 2003) ([BLUEBERRY HILL x ‘Stephen’s Big Purple’] x BLUE NILE) – Few gardeners can resist the charm of NEPTUNE with its fully double lavender blooms that are occasionally edged in purple. These have a strong citrus rose scent and are larger in areas with cooler summers. Grows 4-5′ high by 2-3′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.