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Floribunda Rose "Easy Does It"

Photo courtesy of Calif Sue.I visited one of my favorite growers, last autumn, to pick up a few things for fall planting. At checkout, I was handed a flier by a customer service rep. She encouraged me to study it carefully as it contained an illustrated list of new plants that would be available in spring 2010. On the drive home, a stop at a red light became an opportunity to glance at the list and I was struck by one photo. The East Does It Rose was hypnotizing. Lush petals combined with a color blend of mango-peach-apricot will surely make this plant a traffic stopper in the garden.

Easy Does It was chosen as Rose of The Year by AARS for 2010. All-America Rose Selection winners are tested for 2 years against 15 criteria, before being selected. Besides their outstanding beauty, winning roses must exhibit good disease resistant and ease of maintenance. AARS reported that Easy Does It weathered Oakland's heat and was still blooming in Rhode Island at Thanksgiving time.

I went on-line to find out more about this captivating rose. The information about hardiness is unclear. One site claims that it is hardy in most zones; another site claims that it is cold hardy only until zone 6 and requires winter protection in Zone 5. The deciding classification came from my supplier who listed it as a Floribunda. Where I live, Floribundas need winter protection.

Here is information about this beautiful rose that might be helpful: This multihued rose grows 3 to 4 feet tall in a round and bushy form. It produces double, ruffled 4-inch blooms, each with a petal count of 25 to 30. The aroma is moderate and fruity.

I expect that garden bloggers who specialize in up close and personal images of plants will be eager to post photos of Easy Does It by next summer because this is one rose that definitely demands a close-up.

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Reader Comments (1)

Allan, that's a beautiful floribunda. I will look for it in the spring. My favorite floribunda that has really done well for a couple of my design clients is Our Lady of Guadaloupe. It starts blooming in April and I often see it blooming at my favorite client's house in December! (We're in Zone 7). Very few disease problems, light pink color and nice fragrance. I may do a blog post on it - you've inspired me!

February 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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