Each year, the National Garden Bureau selects one perennial, one annual, and one edible as their “Year of the ______” crop, and, in the perennial department, 2017 is to be the year of the rose. According to the National Garden Bureau, “The US National Flower first appeared around 35 million years ago and is part of the Rosaceae family which is very important for our food supply (think apples, strawberries, etc…). There are more than 150 species of Roses but only a few are used in today’s gardens. There are many classes of roses, which sometimes can lead to some confusion. The most commonly sold in the US are:
- Hybrid Tea Roses, which are the classic, long stemmed varieties
- Grandiflora Roses, which are similar to Hybrid Tea, but usually have several blooms per stem
- Floribunda Roses, which are more compact and multi-flowered
- Miniature roses, which are smaller specimens, often grown in containers as gifts
- Climbing Roses, which are self-explanatory.
- Landscape or Shrub Roses”