Roses In Alphabetical Order ‘L’

‘Lady Penzance’ Roses (Eglanteria, Introduced – 1894)Small, 1- to 2-inch single flowers of coppery pink with yellow centers look scarlet from a distance and bloom on 8-foot, arching plants. Foliage and flowers are fragrant, but plants are susceptible to black spot.
‘Lady X’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1966)Long, pointed buds open into high-centered, slender, 4-inch double flowers of pale lavender that often have a pinkish cast. As the petals open they curl back on themselves, quill-like, to form a star shape. Unlike most lavender roses, ‘Lady X’ is not richly fragrant. Fairly disease resistant and a prolific bloomer, this is one of the tallest roses in its color class, reaching heights of 5 to 6 feet.
‘La France’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1867)Although no longer grown widely, this living heirloom is considered to be the first hybrid tea and thus the first modern rose. Its petals are silvery pink on the insides and brighter pink on the outsides, and its flowers are more decorative in shape than those of modern hybrid teas. The fragrant blooms measure 3 to 4 1/2 inches across, with 60 petals. Plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and have semi-glossy leaves.
‘Lafter’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1948)This rose produces semi-double flowers that are a blend of bright, warm colors; the salmon pink petals are yellow at the base and have an apricot reverse. Each large, fragrant flower is loosely cup shaped; petals surround visible yellow stamens. Leaves are light green and leathery, and canes have red prickles Bloom begins late in the season and continues in waves.
The plants are vigorous and bushy, with graceful, arching canes. They can be planted in beds and borders or used as a colorful hedge. ‘Lafter’ rose is probably the most disease resistant hybrid tea, and it’s also hardier than most.
‘Lamarque’ Roses (Noisette, Introduced – 1830)Though its parentage is identical to that of ‘Jaune Desprez’, ‘Lamarque’ produces large, fragrant double flowers. Borne in clusters, they are white with just a touch of pale yellow at their centers. This rose is known for blooming well into the fall and for quickly covering any support it is offered. It is also notably long-lived: one specimen recently discovered in San Antonio, Texas, has been reliably dated to the year 1890.
One of the best climbing roses for growing in the Southeast, ‘Lamarque’ provides almost year-round color where winters are mild. Despite its antique origins, this is definitely a rose with contemporary virtues.
‘La Marne’ Roses (Polyantha, Introduced – 1915)Sporting almost thorn-less canes with dark, shiny leaves, ‘La Marne’ rose makes an easy-care landscape shrub or hedge plant. This rose produces loose clusters of cupped, semi-double, blush pink flowers repeatedly through the season, and the blossoms show up well against the dark green, shiny foliage. Not only is the foliage handsome, but it is also healthy. In fact, its extraordinary resistance to fungal diseases makes ‘La Marne’ rose an excellent rose for the hot and humid Southeast. This rose is vulnerable to cold. Large for a polyantha, ‘La Marne’ is too expansive for most containers.
‘La Reine Victoria’ Roses (Bourbon, Introduced – 1872)The double blossoms of ‘La Reine Victoria’ rose are lilac-pink to deep rose; their color is deeper in bright sun. The flowers have a silky texture and a delicate appearance; they are cupped and rounded, with overlapping, shell shaped petals. Fragrance is strong and fruity. Flowers are held well above the lush soft green foliage. ‘Madame Pierre Oger’ is a color sport that bears creamy, flesh-colored blooms but is similar in all other respects.
The plants are slender, upright, and graceful. They make attractive specimens and can be used in beds or borders. Flowers are excellent for cutting. Both ‘La Reine Victoria’ and its sport are susceptible to black spot.
‘La Sevillana’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1978)With the vermilion, semi-double flowers that this rose bears in large clusters in early summer to midsummer, ‘La Sevillana’ makes a bold statement massed as a ground cover or landscape shrub. In autumn, this rose blooms all over again, making this a great rose rather than merely a good one. It can add a flamboyant splash of color to a summer border and more than holds its own in a foundation planting or as a low hedge. The foliage is attractive, too: a dark bronze-green.
‘Las Vegas’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1981)Evoking the desert colors of a Las Vegas sunrise, or the busy neon of its famous Strip, ‘Las Vegas’ rose has gleaming orange-yellow buds that open to reveal petals that are rich orange-red on the insides and golden yellow on the outsides. Flowers are 4 inches across, with 25 petals, and are deliciously fragrant. The medium green, glossy foliage is highly resistant to mildew and the 4- to 5-foot bushy plant is very hardy.
‘Lavender Dream’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1984)Masses of 2- to 3-inch, semi-double (16 petals), medium lavender-pink flowers that bloom in sprays all season cover long, arching canes that grow 5- feet high and more than 5- feet wide.
‘Lavender Jewel’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1978)Pointed buds open into high-centered, 1-inch, slightly fragrant, clear soft lavender flowers with 35 to 40 petals. As the flowers mature, they open flat. Sometimes petals are edged in magenta. Leaves are dark green, on compact, bushy plants that grow 10- to 15- inches high and wide.
‘Lavender Lassie’ Roses (Hybrid Musk, Introduced – 1960)While not exactly lavender, the semi double, strongly scented flowers of this hybrid musk do have definite overtones of blue mixed in with the pink, and the large clusters in which they appear make them even more striking.
With occasional pruning, ‘Lavender Lassie’ can be maintained as a large shrub or as an informal hedge, but its canes can also be left to grow unchecked and trained vertically up a wall or trellis.
‘L.D. Braithwaite’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1988)This vigorous, open shrub looks best at the back of a border, where its somewhat sparse foliage will not appear as a defect and its clusters of large, fully double, fire-engine red flowers can preside over the surrounding blossoms. ‘L.D. Braithwaite’ rose blooms consistently throughout the season, but in the heat of midsummer the color may fade to cerise-pink.
An unusually dependable rose, ‘L.D. Braithwaite’ blooms well even in situations where this rose receives as few as five hours of direct sunlight a day.
‘Leander’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1982)’Leander’, a David Austin rose, produces a dizzying profusion of deep-apricot-colored flowers in spring and early summer. Borne in clusters, the blooms are small and very double, and have a fruity fragrance. Although the rose is not considered a repeat bloomer, flowers may reappear later in the season. Semi- glossy leaves are medium in both size and color.
This rose has a full habit, growing nearly as wide as it is tall, and makes a fine large garden shrub. This rose is among the most disease resistant of the English roses.
‘Leda’ Roses (Damask, Introduced – 1827)Flowers of ‘Leda’ (also called ‘Painted Damask’) are double, 2 1/2 to 4 inches across, and very fragrant. The buds are reddish brown, opening to reveal milky white to blush pink petals with crimson markings on their edges. The petals reflex to form a ball-shaped bloom. A pink sport of ‘Leda’ is also available. Leaves of both roses are round, downy, and gray-green.
This is a compact, rounded shrub. This rose has a neat habit, making it useful in beds and borders. A hardy plant, this rose prefers cooler climates and languishes where summers are very hot.
‘Linda Campbell’ Roses (Hybrid Rugosa, Introduced – 1990)This compact shrub was created by crossing a hybrid rugosa with a miniature rose; fortunately, ‘Linda Campbell’ inherited its rugosa parent’s disease resistance and cold hardiness. Unlike most red rugosa roses, whose flowers generally tend toward mauve or purplish, ‘Linda Campbell’ has pure red blossoms. Borne in large, impressive sprays throughout the summer and into the fall, these flowers are cupped and double; their only defect is a lack of fragrance. The foliage is dark green and semi-glossy, and the shrub is bushy and upright. This is a first-rate rose for a hedge or for use as a landscape shrub, foundation planting, or specimen shrub.
‘Linville’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1989)The pointed buds of ‘Linville’ rose open to double white flowers that have a touch of pink in them. As the blooms age, they become pure white, though in cool weather they tend to retain their pink tones. High-centered flowers are usually borne singly on long stems and produce a light, fruity fragrance. The leaves are medium green and semi-glossy; stems bear straight, pink prickles.
Plants are upright and tall for a miniature, with a medium growth rate. They are useful as edgings, in beds or borders, and as container specimens in a large pot. Flowers are good for cutting and exhibiting.
‘Little Darling’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1956)A blend of yellow and salmon-pink, the flowers of this rose are both little and darling, although the plant can grow quite large and spreading. Blooms are a perfect hybrid tea form when they first unfold, finishing in an open, cupped form 2 to 2 1/2 inches across. They have 24 to 30 petals and appear in small sprays on arching stems. Plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall; pruning to an inward-facing bud will help keep the plant compact. Leaves are dark green, leathery and glossy, and have better-than-average disease resistance. ‘Little Darling’ rose is also very winter hardy.
‘Little Jackie’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1982)Light, orange-red, high-centered 3/4- to 1-inch flowers with a yellow reverse have 20 petals and are very fragrant. As the blooms open, the petals reflex back to form points. Plants grow 18- to 24- inches tall and have medium green, semi-glossy foliage.
‘Littlest Angel’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1976)One of the finest of the microminis, ‘Littlest Angel’ has medium to deep yellow, 1/2-inch, high-centered flowers with 28 petals. The low, compact, bushy growth reaches heights of only 4- to 8- inches. ‘Littlest Angel’ rose is best grown in partial shade if grown outdoors, especially in hot climates.
‘Liverpool Echo’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1971)Named for an English newspaper, ‘Liverpool Echo’ has soft salmon, slightly fragrant flowers with 23 petals that open into a high-centered form. The reverse sides of the petals have a hint of pale yellow. As the blooms continue to mature, they open into 4-inch flowers. The disease-resistant, light green leaves cover a 5-foot plant. Sprays can be quite large, but after the first bloom the plant tends to produce 6- to 8-foot canes that do not flower.
‘Louise Odier’ Roses (Bourbon, Introduced – 1851)The bright rose pink flowers of ‘Louise Odier’ are softly shaded with a hint of lilac. They appear abundantly in mid-season and repeat well into fall. Blooms are very double and cup shaped, resembling camellias; petals are quartered. Their scent is deliciously rich. Borne in clusters, the heavy flowers may weigh down the branches, creating a graceful, arching effect.
Plants are vigorous and upright with slender canes. A favorite choice in Victorian gardens, ‘Louise Odier’ makes an elegant shrub, and it can be trained to climb a pillar or post. This rose is hardy and disease resistant.
‘Louis Philippe’ Roses (China, Introduced – 1834)This China rose has long since proven its adaptability. Though French by birth, it arrived in Texas the first year it was on the market and has survived more than 150 years of that state’s weather extremes. Indeed, ‘Louis Philippe’ is one of the roses commonly found around abandoned homesteads in the Deep South.
The cupped double flowers are dark crimson with blush pink centers, and the petals are occasionally streaked with purple. Unusually reliable in the recurrence of its bloom, ‘Louis Philippe’ commonly flowers from spring to early winter, and even in warm spells during the cold months.
‘Love’ Roses (Grandiflora, Introduced – 1980)Actually, ‘Love’ is a grandiflora that could easily pass for a hybrid tea. This rose is a compact shrub that bears high-centered buds resembling those of a hybrid tea. These buds open into bright red blooms with a flamboyant difference: the back of each petal is silvery pink, giving the blossoms of ‘Love’ a hand-painted look.
‘Loving Touch’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1982)The apricot blooms of ‘Loving Touch’ are large for a miniature, especially in cool weather. Flowers are double with about 25 petals each and are produced in abundance, mostly one per stem. Each bloom is high centered with a light fragrance. Leaves are medium green and semi-glossy. The rose produces pretty, globular hips.
Plants are bushy and spreading, well suited to beds and borders and for use as edgings. They also are beautiful as patio and container plants. Flowers are excellent for cutting and exhibition.

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