2019 American Rose Trials for Sustainability Awards

Rosa ‘Radyod’ Blushing Knock Out Rose - photo: Stars and Roses

Rosa ‘Radyod’ Blushing Knock Out Rose – photo: Stars and Roses

The American Rose Trials for Sustainability (A.R.T.S.) has announced their 2019 award winning roses: Rosa ‘Radyod’ Blushing Knock Out Rose, Rosa ‘Radtko’ Double Knock Out, Rosa ‘HARpageant’ Easy Does It, and Rosa x ‘ZLEMarianneYoshida’ Oso Easy Petit Pink Rosa.

Rosa ‘Radyod’ Blushing Knock Out Rose bred by William J. Radler. Star Roses and Plants says about Blushing Knock Out Rose: “With similar flowers to The Knock Out Rose, this variety has light pink blooms that, with age, fade to a delicate subtle pink. This shrub rose is a versatile addition to any landscape.”

Rosa ‘Radyod’ Blushing Knock Out Rose - photo: Stars and Roses

Rosa ‘Radyod’ Blushing Knock Out Rose – photo: Stars and Roses

Rosa ‘Radtko’ Double Knock Out is also bred by William Radler. Star Roses and Plants says about this rose: “From the same cross that produced the original Knock Out Rose, The Double Knock Out Rose represents the next generation in the family of The Knock Out Roses. The full double flowers look just like a classic rose. It is as resistant to black spot as the famous original, has the same bloom cycle and is slightly more winter hardy.”

Rosa 'HARpageant' Easy Does It - photo Harkness Roses

Rosa ‘HARpageant’ Easy Does It – photo Harkness Roses

Rosa ‘HARpageant’ Easy Does It is bred by Robert Harkness & Philip Harkness. This Floribunda rose was already a 2010 All-America Rose Selections winner. It has abundant ruffled blooms in shades of mango, peach and apricot — and has a fruity fragrance. “More important is its disease resistance.”

 

Rosa x 'ZLEMarianneYoshida' Oso Easy Petit Pink Rosa - photo: Proven Winners

Rosa x ‘ZLEMarianneYoshida’ Oso Easy Petit Pink Rosa – photo: Proven Winners

Rosa x ‘ZLE- MarianneYoshida’ Oso Easy Petit Pink Rosa bred by David Charles Zlesak. Proven Winners describes this rose as follows: “Romantic sprays of petite, bubble gum pink flowers and small green leaves are reminiscent of a miniature rose, but this variety is comparable to ‘The Fairy’ in its mature size.  A very refined mound with a strong continuous bloom and exceptional disease resistance. A great rose for the shrub or perennial border.  Winner of the 2012 Miniature/Miniflora Rose Award of Excellence American Rose Society.”

Rosa ‘BAIset’ Sunrise Sunset - photo: Easy Elegance Roses

Rosa ‘BAIset’ Sunrise Sunset – photo: Easy Elegance Roses

For each region that a trial rose demonstrates superior performance they receive the A.R.T.S. Local Artist award.  If a rose earns four or more Local Artist awards, they are designated as an A.R.T.S. Master Rose. 2019 A.R.T.S. Master Roses are Rosa ‘RADtkopink’ Pink Double Knock Out, Rosa ‘RADcor’ Pink Knock Out, both bred by William Radler, Rosa ‘BAIset’ Sunrise Sunset and Rosa ‘BAIsuhe’ Super Hero both bred by Peter P. Lim.

Rosa ‘MEjecycka' Limoncella - photo: Stars and Roses

Rosa ‘MEjecycka’ Limoncella – photo: Stars and Roses

2019 A.R.T.S Local Artists are Rosa ‘RADnov’ Bubble Double, Rosa ‘RADcarn’ Peppermint Pop, both bred by William Radler and Rosa ‘MEjecycka’ Limoncella bred by Alain Meilland.

Defining a new kind of ´beautiful´ in roses

A.R.T.S. claims defining a new kind of ´beautiful´ in roses, an internal beauty: resilience, disease-resistance, drought tolerance, heat/cold tolerance, soil and nutrient adaptability. A.R.T.S. assures that awarded rose introductions will be beautiful because they are ecologically-responsible as well as gorgeous to look at. They will require minimal input of resources for maximum output of performance in the landscape. Another claim is that A.R.T.S. evaluations will be the new standard for evaluating all landscape plants in the future.

A.R.T.S.was launched in 2014. But the initiave started already in January 2012. It was prompted by the disbanding of the All-America Rose Selection (AARS) program, an industry-managed rose trialing program in the US that began in 1938. Multiple AARS-member rose producers went out of business during the recent recession and that, in part, contributed to All-America Rose Selection’s closure.