Rose Breeders
Roses Bred by Warriner
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Warriner was the rose breeder of record for the company that basically was the rose industry in the United States for several decades in the middle of the twentieth century. The two dozen cultivars they chose to cultivate and sell in any given year made up the vast majority of the roses sold in this country. And something more than half were inevitably new introductions to which the company owned the patents. This system of doing things had the advantage that it assured that the good roses bred by Warriner would come to the attention of the rose growing public. It had the disadvantage that most of the good roses not bred by Warriner would never see the light of day in the USA. Perhaps this overstates the case. Still, it seems possible that if any rose breeder's roses are underrepresented in America's gardens, Warriners are least likely to be among them.

I have grown Sun Flare and French Lace and I like both roses. Both are of relatively easy care. Their flowers are attractive and fragrant; not much to write home about. I've seen Graceland in a park and wondered why it was not grown more; for it seems capable of producing a surprising number of yellow blossoms. But as I review the photos I realize that there is a certain decorative quality missing. The bushes seem lopsided or something. Rio Samba leaves me cold. I understand why someone might like Love's pink and silver bicolor form, but it also does nothing for me. I've seen Tournament of Roses grown well, but I've failed with it myself on poor soil.

I once saw Summer Fashion grown in a private garden in Houston and was wowed by its ability to create a bouquet of pastel roses ranging from white to primrose yellow to pink. A trio of plants had managed to produce several dozen blossoms and it was quite a remarkable fashion show. I have seen Medallion growing in nurseries and I like the outward facing and large flowers. It strikes me as a bit of a difficult color to use, and I have heard complaints that the stems can be weak enough that after a good rain the flowers are face down in the mud. But I am a bit of a sucker for weak stems; I like nodding flowers. In two separate gardens I've seen Brigadoon and I have to admit that this is one of my favorite hybrid tea roses to look at and to photograph. Its ARS rating suggests it might require some special care where fungal disease can be a problem. It might be one rose worth the effort. I have never encountered Pristine or Bridal White, but I imagine both are well worth a try.

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Cultivar Class Color FragranceBreeder Hardiness
Large Flower Climber
Salmon
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Pink/Yellow Blend
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 7
Floribunda
White
Slight
Warriner
Zone 6
Hybrid Tea
Red/White Blend
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 6
Hybrid Tea
Tawney Blend
Slight
Warriner
Zone 8
Hybrid Tea
Salmon
Slight
Warriner
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Pink/Yellow Blend
Slight
Warriner
Zone 4
Floribunda
White
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 5
Grandiflora
Coral
Warriner
Zone 6
Hybrid Tea
White
Slight
Warriner
Zone 6
Floribunda
Vermilion
None
Warriner
Zone 4
Floribunda
Mauve
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 6
Miniature
Red
Slight
Warriner
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Red
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 7
Grandiflora
Red/White Blend
Slight
Warriner
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Copper
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 6
Hybrid Tea
Red/White Blend
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 6
Hybrid Tea
Mauve
Strong
Warriner
Zone 6
Miniature
Coral/Gold Blend
Slight
Warriner
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
White/Pink
Powerful
Warriner
Zone 5
Hybrid Tea
Red
Powerful
Warriner
Zone 8
Hybrid Tea
Red/Yellow Blend
Slight
Warriner
Zone 7
Hybrid Tea
Pale Pink
Slight
Warriner
Zone 8
Hybrid Tea
White/Pink Blend
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 7
Floribunda
Rose
None
Warriner
Zone 4
Floribunda
Pink/Yellow Blend
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 5
Floribunda
Yellow
Strong
Warriner
Zone 4
Grandiflora
Salmon
Moderate
Warriner
Zone 5
Floribunda
White
None
Warriner
Zone 4
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