FOURTH OF JULY
Striped Red and White Rose
Parentage: R. 'Roller Coaster' x R. 'Altissimo'.
Won't it be nice to honor our country by having Fourth of July in our garden? This semi-double, gorgeous ruffled petals climber looks like a burst of fireworks when in bloom. It has long, pointed buds and 3" and 4" blooms with striped red and white petals and glossy, dark green foliage. It is a vigorous plant and can grow 10 to 14 ft. high. It is the first climber to be honored as a 1999 All-America Selection winner for a long time. It has strong apple fragrance, a very refreshing scent. Color is dramatic. It is a stunning plant, a real traffic stopper. It is an excellent repeat blooming rose with sensational flowers all season long. Few roses can command attention like Fourth of July. It is the best climber around winning awards at rose show around the country.
You can plant them attached to an arch, pergola or trellis for a stunning display of colorful blooms. Some gardeners use them as a shrub in the entranceway to the garden. To grow them as a shrub, prune them heavily in the spring. Fourth of July only has 10-16 petals but when they are in bloom, they are quite a show. It is very disease resistant and winter hardy.
I have two Fourth of July in my formal rose beds at my old garden. I prune them heavily in the spring and grow them as shrub. Right now at my new home, I planted one in front of the house next to a palm tree thinking of making it climb the palm tree. But I might just grow it as a shrub. When Fourth of July is in bloom, it is quite a show.
Roses are easy plants to grow contrary to popular belief. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years? All they need are food, water and sunlight. Just like you and me.
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