For well over a century, hybrid tea roses were bred for show-stopping flowers. Only lately have breeders also considered disease-resistance, overall plant form, and scent when making their selections. Thanks to their efforts, a modern gardener has rose choices that are beautiful and strong.
This brilliant orange rose was in our backyard when we moved in so we don’t know its name. Now is the season when it is at its best. In the heat of summer, flower buds bloom and are spent in two or three days but in spring, the weather is warm enough to encourage growth but cool enough for flowers to mature slowly. Color is at its most complex and the folds of the petals are at their most graceful.
Hybrid tea roses are heavy feeders. If you want healthy plants, don’t skimp on the fertilizers, especially phosphorus and potassium for strong roots and hearty flowers. Trace nutrients are helpful, too, which is why roses thrive in the Motherlode’s mineral-rich soil. Do mulch them and amend their soil with compost to make up for our area’s usual lack of natural organic matter.