Ironclad Hybrid Teas
Roses Bred by Kordes
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The Kordes family has one of the longest histories of breeding roses. Wilhelm, who founded the company in the first half of the twentieth century was famous the world over for his shrub roses which were tough and packed with flowers. Several represented landmarks in breeding. Reimer took over from him and focussed more on hybrid teas and floribunds as was the style of the 1960's. His successor, another Wilhelm gone one to introduce a number of roses that combine most of the strengths of both old and new.

The one thread that unites all of Kordes work would seem to be a clear prioritization of rose qualities with vigor and disease resistance always receiving highest priority, form and foliferous qualities recieving high, but secondary priority, and fragrance being a desireable but optional quality. For those who are struck by one or more of Kordes cultivars and would have them regardless of fragrance, this is a good enough order of things. But those rose lovers who covet fragrance in all their roses will find this a tough list to navigate. Graham Thomas, in particular, finds a number of the vigorous shrubs 'scentless, soulless.'

I have failed with Crimson Bouquet and Robusta, in both cases growing them in dense impoverished , dry soil. I have been delighted with the progress of Autumn Sunset, a sport of Westerland. It seems to manage almost as well as some of my best albas. Folklore, too, has done very well for me. And though I am not very enamored of Elmshorn, it has managed to grow well in poor, dry soil and mostly shade. Carribbean I have seen in two municipal parks and it is one of a very tiny number of roses that have truly wowed me. I have also been impressed with Rote Max Graf and Helmut Schmidt. I cannot recall ever seeing a more perfectly shaped hybrid tea blossom than one produced by Helmut Schmidt growing at Vintage Gardens Roses in Sebastopol. But then, I don't get out much.

Still, for gardeners growing roses in the NE US and the plains states, many of Kordes offerings will survive where some of rosedom's prettier things will perish. And when this is the choice you have, it's not so difficult to make.

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Cultivar Class Color FragranceBreeder Hardiness
Hybrid Tea
Yellow
None
Kordes
Zone 4
Hybrid Tea
Crimson
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 5
Large Flower Climber
Candy Pink
Slight
Kordes
Zone 4
Hybrid Musk
Shell Pink
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 4
Hybrid Tea
Pale Pink
None
Kordes
Zone 7
Hybrid Tea
Vermilion
Kordes
Large Flower Climber
White/Pink Blend
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Buff
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 7
Floribunda
Red
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Salmon
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 5
Ground Cover
Scarlet
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Pink
Kordes
Zone 7
Hybrid Tea  
Pink
Strong
Kordes
Zone 5
Floribunda
Red
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Modern Shrub
Red/Yellow
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Floribunda
Pale Pink
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Floribunda
Apricot
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Grandiflora
Apricot
Slight
Kordes
Zone 7
Floribunda
Pale Pink
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Coral
None
Kordes
Zone 5
Grandiflora
Red
Slight
Kordes
Zone 6
Hybrid Tea
Red
Strong
Kordes
Zone 5
Modern Shrub
Cerise
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Red
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Pale Apricot
None
Kordes
Zone 8
Floribunda
Candy Pink
Slight
Kordes
Zone 5
Floribunda
Gold
Kordes
Zone 5
Floribunda
Cerise
None
Kordes
Zone 4
Hybrid Tea
Shell Pink
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 7
Hybrid Tea
Salmon
Moderate
Kordes
Zone 4
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