Starry Night Rose -All-America Rose Selections
This AARS Award Winning Rose is so simple and cute but stands graceful and elegant at all times. The Starry Night Rose is one of three All-America Rose Selections (AARS) winners for 2002. This rose has a softer touch than your average rose as the blossoms open to a flatter shape and the soft and bright color make this winner one that stands out among the rest.
The Starry Night Rose was able to meet all of the AARS strict testing that is necessary in order to wear the AARS red seal of approval. Testing was done in a two year study and in test gardens throughout the country. These rigorous tests that are done in multiple climates are to ensure that that rose, if it passes all tests, can be easy to care for and have a very high tolerance to disease.
The AARS rose website, www.rose.org, provides photos of all their yearly winners. Take a moment or two to view the “Starry Night”. The name certainly is misleading to what the rose actually looks like but you won’t be disappointed in the least.
Parented by “Anisley Dickson” and “Rosa Wichurianna”, the “Starry Night” is soothing and peaceful. Only growing to a maximum of 3 foot by 3 foot in cool climates allows this star to be a main attraction in any landscape. In warmer climates, the growth is amazing as the size can reach 6 foot by 6 foot. This calming rose shrub with its medium green but glossy foliage is sent back stage when the bud turns into a bloom.
Being selected for a possible AARS award is exciting but winning the award is an event in itself. This rose was able to beat out most of the competition with its excellent performance. As the five petals open, it is easy to see why this rose is a winner. The blooms diameter measure 2 ½ to 3 inches and are surprisingly a clean white color!
It was an honor for the Starry Night Rose to be introduced first in the United States as this rose was hybridized by Pierre Orard in France. Gardens throughout the country are graced with the simplicity but elegance of its strikingly charming blooms.