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New roses introduced for 2013

Plant breeders are listening to growers and gardeners, who are asking for low input, drought-tolerant plants that look great. There are some exciting new additions to this year's line up of new plant introductions, including some lovely low-water annuals and tough perennials that perform well all summer.

Look for these plants, and others like them, at your local member garden centre this spring. Keep in mind that plants are a living commodity, and availability depends on more than weather and growing environment. Knowledgeable garden centre staff will be able to suggest similar varieties should the specific one you are searching for be temporarily unavailable.

Campfire rose
Rosa ‘CA29’
Named after a painting by renowned Canadian artist Tom Thompson, the vibrant multi-coloured Campfire rose is sure to be world-renowned as well. The flower colour is quite variable in early summer, with yellow petals tipped with pink and becoming more pink as the season progresses. Some flowers are nearly all pink and some nearly all yellow. As the fall approaches, the flowers tend to be yellow in bud, quickly turning soft pink. This is a spreading plant, slightly wider than high, and is very resistant to black spot and mildew. J.C. Bakker & Sons

Popcorm Drift® groundcover rose
Rosa ‘Novarospop’
Popcorn Drift® is the newest addition to the Drift groundcover series. Drift Roses have many of the same great characteristics as The Knock Out series, but are much smaller in habit. Like the other Drift roses: Apricot, Coral, Peach, Pink, Red and Sweet, Popcorn Drift is has excellent disease resistance and floriferousness. It is a repeat bloomer that is tough, disease resistant, winter hardy and virtually maintenance free. Willowbrook Nurseries, J.C. Bakker & Sons

‘Sheridan’s Anniversary Blush’ floribunda rose
Rosa ‘Sheridan’s Anniversary Blush’
This perfumed, pearly-blush beauty is a bedding rose par excellence, outstanding for ease of cultivation and healthy foliage. It can be grown with confidence and makes an ideal choice for anyone not experienced with roses. The perfume is fruity with citrus undertones, a delight when cut for the vase. Grows 80cm (32 in.) tall and 60cm (24-in.) tall. Sheridan Nurseries

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