This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In selecting roses suitable for bedding, several necessary qualifications must be considered. When we plant roses in isolated positions, we often do so having regard to some special qualities which by themselves would not make them of value for massing together.
The requisites for a good bedding rose are freedom of bloom, healthy habit of growth, good form, pure, steadfast color, fragrance, and sufficient fulness of flower.
The following varieties are, in my opinion, the best for the purpose :
Bright red ; one of the hardiest Teas.
Mottled salmon rose.
A beautiful light yellow, not so well known as it should be.
The founder of the new race of hybrid teas; a constant bloomer and the sweetest of them all.
Pale yellow, the edges of petals very often shaded with rose, producing a unique effect. A most charming sort.
This and Jean Pernet are the most valuable pure yellow teas.
Not quite so full as some of the others, but beautiful rosy pink flowers of good cupped shape. If kept cut back, it is like La France, always in bloom.
Deep mottled rose; fine habit, good buds.
Rose, with a shade of salmon.
Reddish salmon, but of variable shades. Very fine.
Creamy white ; a superb rose out of doors.
Bronzed rose with a shade of carmine.
Flesh shaded with yellow, outer petals bordered with coppery rose.
Creamy white; a lovely rose, but unfortunately almost without fragrance.
Flesh shaded with pale rose.
Silvery pink ; the most beautiful of all the teas.
Salmon and rose, base of petals coppery yellow.
This well-known sort is constantly in flower, but is not equal in quality to others named.
A beautiful straw color.
This is another variety constantly in flower, but it is of rather poor growth.
Color a deep crimson, somewhat the shade of Charles Lefebvre.
Besides the varieties named, there are some which will be found very useful for their beautiful buds, if planted in a position where they are not constantly exposed to the sun's rays. Such are Agrippina, Bon Silene, Douglass, Isabella Sprunt, Safrano, Souvenir d'un Ami. In a very sunny spot, all of these varieties open their buds very quickly and would not then be desirable.