...and just in passing, technically rose have prickles not thorns...who knew?
The David Austin'Heritage rose is almost thornless, for example, as is the three foot shrub rose J.P.Connell, which, incidentally, is also hardy for northern gardens. The Alba, Mme. Legras de St. Germain and the climber Kathleen Harrop are also both classed as 'almost' thornless.
Kathleen is a shell pink and the Alba a creamy white. A good new miniature thornless rose is Pacific Serenade which is a good, container rose, with a deep yellow miniature bloom.
When considering thornless roses two named brands come to mind. The first is the Kordes rose collection of roses without prickles and the other is the Australian Smooth Touch rose.
Kordes rose breeders of Germany say they, "have the most advanced breeding program for roses without prickles." Most are for the commercial, cut flower market but several have been found to e suitable for the home garden.
These are sold under the brand name "Satin Touch". Jacaranda was one of Kordes first commercial thornless varieties and another hybrid tea, Ekstase soon followed. These were developed in 1995 but more recently the following "roses without prickles" were introduced:
and Nancy Gardiner.
The Australian "Smooth Touch" varieties are considered 95 to 100% thorn (or prickle) free. There are many varieties to choose from, mostly hybrid teas:
Smooth Lady-Salmon Pink
Smooth Ballerina-Pastel Pink/White
Smooth Velvet-Blood Red
Smooth Angel-Cream with apricot centre
Smooth Buttercup-Bright Yellow
Smooth Delight-Shell Pink
Smooth Snow Flake-(Floribunda) white
Smooth Sunglow-Creamy Buff
and the latest varieties:
and Smooth Lollipop-Carmine/Off white.
If you choose to grow thornless roses you do have a variety of choices, more in some areas than others, but do check them out, they may be the less painful way to go!
They also may be difficult to find in some areas but there are thornless varieties, you just have to hunt them down.
artist and a person whose
favorite flowers are Roses
& Tulips, it has captured my
Imagination. I could see
myself sitting in your
garden just painting away.
It's breath taking.
Kindest Regards, Rachel
Checkout what other readers say!
|...and get access to the|
|Sample FREE newsletter-HERE!.|