Roses In Alphabetical Order ‘S’

‘Safrano’ Roses (Tea, Introduced – 1838)Anyone who has seen ‘Safrano’ at the peak of bloom -saffron- and apricot-colored petals just starting to fade to buff yellow -will never forget the sight, for this rose is one of the genuine glories of the South. ‘Safrano’ is one of the toughest tea roses, an excellent choice for a landscape shrub. The foliage is disease resistant, fresh, and attractive, and the bush, though naturally expansive, can be contained to a more modest size through pruning, if space is limited.
‘Salet’ Roses (Moss, Introduced – 1854)The most reliably recurrent of the moss roses, ‘Salet’ bears a large flush of its big, fragrant, rose pink saucers of petals in late spring or early summer, and then it re-blooms intermittently into the fall. These flowers have the strong, sweet fragrance characteristic of this class. The mossing on the buds and bases of the flowers is light. The foliage is bright green and coarse.
Its size makes it well suited to use as a specimen shrub. Like all the moss roses, ‘Salet’ rose has a special nostalgic charm that fits perfectly with a cottage-garden planting. This rose also looks perfectly at home in an herb garden.
‘Sally Holmes’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1976)The single blossoms of ‘Sally Holmes’ rose are borne in profusion in large, compact clusters. Buds are apricot, opening to creamy white 3 1/2-inch blooms that turn pure white as they mature. Petals surround bright golden stamens. The flowers are delicately fragrant. Foliage is leathery, dark green, and shiny.
This robust rose can be grown as a large mounding shrub with a height of 4 to 6 feet and an equal spread. It makes a dramatic specimen or can be used in a large border. ‘Sally Holmes’ can also be trained as a climber, in which case it can reach 12 feet. Plants are disease resistant and tolerant of heat and partial shade. The flowers are exceptionally long-lasting in indoor arrangements.
‘Sarabande’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1959)Named for a stately antique court dance, this lightly fragrant rose has enormous flat sprays of luminous, 3- to 4-inch flowers with 8 to 14 petals. The color is a bright to burnt orange, punctuated by bright yellow stamens. Plants are rounded and 2 to 3 feet high.
‘Saratoga’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1963)This rose was named in honor of the New York State race track, and early advertisements pictured it with a glass horse. Its white blooms may be either slightly high centered or decorative, and appear in large sprays. Strongly sweet scented, the flowers have 30 to 35 petals and open to 4 inches across. Hardy, spreading plants grow 2 to 3 1/2 feet tall, with leathery, glossy light green foliage.
‘Scarlet Meidiland’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1985)Small, cherry pink, semi-double flowers in large clusters cover this plant in mid-season, and the shrub re-blooms reliably into fall. That’s when ‘Scarlet Meidiland’ develops its second source of color: in fall, the shrub bears bright red hips, and these persist well into winter. Bred for hardiness and disease resistance, ‘Scarlet Meidiland’ rose also tolerates light shade. The vigorous, trailing growth of the canes makes this a good choice for a tall ground cover or for planting in areas that receive little maintenance. All in all, this rose is a star, even by comparison with its remarkable relatives, the Meidiland roses.
‘Schwarze Madonna’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1992)The first aspect of this rose on which every new owner remarks is the intense dark red of the blossoms, which make a striking addition to any planting. Gradually, though, the gardener comes to appreciate that ‘Schwarze Madonna’ has another, more practical virtue: it is extraordinarily disease resistant. Actually, this rose is remarkably carefree and exceptionally adaptable for a hybrid tea, flourishing in the North and South, East and West.
‘Scotch Rose’ (Species, Introduced – prior to 1600)As the common name suggests, this rose is a native of Scotland, where it is often found growing wild on sandy banks. In mid to late spring, it bears 2 1/2 in (6.5 cm) cream or white, single blossoms, and in general it is an extremely tough plant that suckers freely when grown on its own roots. This dense, thicket like growth and the bristling armament of sharp, needle like bristles make the Scotch rose outstanding material for a low-care barrier hedge or a tall, informal ground cover. Many hybrid roses have been bred from Rosa spinosissima; the best of these maintain its toughness but combine it with more mannerly growth. The Scotch rose’s hips are distinctive, small, and maroon-black.
‘Sea Foam’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1964)The creamy white flowers of ‘Sea Foam’ are 2 to 3 inches across and are borne in large clusters throughout the growing season. Buds are rounded, and open to cupped or flat blossoms with short petals that stand out well against the small, dark, glossy leaves. This rose has a slight fragrance.
The plant is exceptionally versatile, with a vigorous, semi-prostate or trailing habit that, unless supported, generally does not exceed 2 1/2 or 3 feet in height. Its long, arching canes, however, may spread 8 to 12 feet. ‘Sea Foam’ rose can be used in the landscape as a ground cover, a mounded shrub, or as a climber on pillars or walls. Its flowers are delightful for cutting. Plants are easy to grow and quite disease resistant.
‘Sea Pearl’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1964)Buds of pastel pink open into 4 1/2-inch, 24-petaled flowers of pearly pink diffused with peach and yellow: Bushy plants are about 5 feet tall, usually producing one bloom per stem instead of the typical floribunda spray. The foliage is dark green and disease resistant.
‘Sequoia Gold’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1987)Named in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Ralph Moore’s nursery, Sequoia Nursery, ‘Sequoia Gold’ rose blooms profusely with 1 1/2- to 2-inch fragrant, medium yellow flowers that do not fade in the heat. Plants grow 14- to 18- inches high.
‘Sexy Rexy” Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1984)The 2 1/2- to 3 1/2-inch double flowers of ‘Sexy Rexy’ are carried in large clusters throughout the season. Each mildly fragrant blossom is composed of 40 or more medium to light pink petals. Flowers flatten as they mature. The abundant small leaves are light green and glossy.
This free-flowering rose is vigorous and bushy. This rose is effective in beds with perennials or in front of taller roses, where it can cover leggy stems. This rose also makes an attractive low hedge. Plants are very disease resistant.
‘Sheer Bliss’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1987)Although it is classified as a white rose, ‘Sheer Bliss’ is more of a pale pink, with creamy white petals that radiate a soft pink tone. Excellent for cutting, ‘Sheer Bliss’ rose has good substance, long stems, and strong fragrance. Its 4- to 5-inch flowers have 35 petals. The compact plants grow 3 to 4 feet high and have excellent disease resistance. They also have better-than-average hardiness, especially for a rose in this color range.
‘Sheer Elegance’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1989)Pointed, oval buds open into 3- to 4-inch flowers with 35 to 40 petals and the classic high-centered hybrid tea form that is bound to be a winner on the show table. Blooms are soft pink to pale salmon with a deeper pink edge, and are borne on long, stiff stems. Flowers are set off by dark green, disease-resistant foliage that covers 4- to 5-foot plants.
‘Shining Hour’ Roses (Grandiflora, Introduced – 1989)One of the few yellow grandiflora roses, this one is a gleaming yellow that does not fade in the heat. The 4-inch blooms, which have 25 to 30 petals, are high centered or decorative in shape, with a moderate fruity fragrance. The shiny, disease-resistant leaves cover rounded, 3- to 4-foot plants.
‘Shining Rose’ (Species, Introduced – 1807)Rosa nitida has earned its place in cold-climate gardens with its three seasons of display. In early summer, it bears fragrant, brilliant pink flowers. Then in fall, the glossy, narrow leaflets (which give this rose its name) turn a beautiful scarlet. Later, the bright red hips and reddish brown prickles provide winter interest.
Like most of the species roses, R. nitida is not a spectacular shrub, but instead one of quiet charms. It suckers readily, gradually forming a thicket of slender, reddish stems. Because of this spreading habit, R. nitida makes an excellent and self-sufficient ground cover for the outskirts of a garden -one that flourishes even in partial shade and poor soils.
‘Showbiz’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1981)The short, pointed buds of ‘Showbiz’ open to 2 1/2- to 3- inch scarlet flowers. Blooming in large sprays, they are double and loosely cupped, with ruffled petals and bright yellow stamens, and have a slight fragrance. The abundant leaves are dark green and glossy.
This rose is bushy, low, and compact. A fine contribution to beds and borders with its boldly colored blooms and rich foliage, it also can be planted in numbers as an attractive low hedge or mass planting. The flowers are good for cutting, and plants are disease resistant.
‘Shreveport’ Roses (Grandiflora, Introduced – 1981)Named for the Shreveport, Louisiana, home of the American Rose Society, this variety has oval, pointed buds that open into high-centered flowers borne on small sprays. The very double, 4-inch flowers (with 50 petals) are a blend of amber and orange, with a slight tea fragrance. They are long lasting and therefore excellent as cut flowers. The leaves are large, dark green and shiny, and the canes are covered with small, downward-facing thorns. The vigorous 5-foot plants are disease resistant and winter hardy.
‘Sierra Nevada Rose’ (Species, Introduced – 1891)Rosa woodsii ranges over a wide area of central and western North America and has evolved a number of local variations. The form named fendleri, the one most often seen in gardens, is slightly taller than its relatives and has a more slender shape. The leaves are grayish green, and the flowers it bears in early summer are fragrant and lilac-pink with cream-colored stamens. These give rise to round, shiny, orange-red hips that cling to the canes well into winter. This is an excellent shrub for areas that have dry climates and cold winters.
‘Silver Moon’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1910)The long, pointed yellow buds of ‘Silver Moon’ open to large creamy white single or semi-double flowers. Borne singly or in clusters, the flowers are 4 1/2 inches across with up to 20 petals that surround golden amber stamens. Blooms do not repeat. Their fragrance is fruity. Foliage is large, dark, leathery, and glossy.
‘Silver Moon’ rose is a very vigorous and strong climber, and may reach beyond 20 feet. Effective on a trellis or other support, it is also an ideal rose for training into a tree. Though somewhat shy about flowering, the blooms it does produce are outstanding.
‘Simplex’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1961)Pure and simple as the name implies, ‘Simplex’ rose is a single-flowered miniature with five white petals set off by showy yellow stamens. When grown indoors or in cool, cloudy weather, the flowers have either a yellow or a pink hue. Blooms are 1 1/2 inches across on a 15- to 18-inch plant that has light green, semi- glossy foliage.
‘Simplicity’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1979)The 3- to 4-inch semi-double flowers of ‘Simplicity’ are borne in clusters. Each blossom is cupped or flattened, with 18 medium pink petals surrounding yellow stamens that darken with age. Flowers bear little fragrance. Foliage is a fresh light to medium green and is semi-glossy.
Bushy and dense with graceful, arching canes, ‘Simplicity’ is an excellent choice for a hedge; when first introduced it was even marketed as a “living fence.” This rose also works well in beds and borders, and the flowers are good for cutting. Plants are disease resistant.
‘Snow Bride’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1982)’Snow Bride’ is a prolific bloomer with long, pointed, hybrid-tea-type buds opening to l 1/2-inch double flowers with high centers. Petals are white with just a hint of yellow, and they surround yellow stamens. Leaves are semi-glossy and dark green.
This vigorous miniature is easy to grow. Compact and well branched, it may be used as an edging or incorporated with other plants into a bed or border. ‘Snow Bride’ is also a perfect container plant. The flowers are excellent for cutting and exhibition.
‘Snow Owl’ Roses (Hybrid Rugosa, Introduced – 1989)’Snow Owl’ is the fragrant, white-flowered sibling of ‘Rotes Meer’. It has the same compact growth, and it is well covered with foliage, dense and spreading. It produces flat, 3 in (7.5cm), semi-double (10-15 petals) blooms freely throughout the season. In autumn, the blossoms give way to attractive orange-scarlet hips.
Both ‘Snow Owl’ and ‘Rotes Meer’ belong to a series of roses called the “pavement roses”, which were developed for roadside plantings. To succeed in such a situation, these roses had to demonstrate a tolerance for both heat and intense cold, as well as for drought, poor soils, and salt spray. These characteristics make the pavement roses outstanding choices not only for planting along a sidewalk or driveway but also for seaside gardens and for the demanding climate of the Upper Midwest and southern prairies and high-altitude regions of the Rocky Mountain West.
‘Sombreuil’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1850)One of the hardiest of the tea roses, ‘Sombreuil’ is a glory of the South that can also be enjoyed throughout much of the North. This graceful old climber bears large, very double, cream-colored flowers that are quartered and flat when fully open. After blooming heavily at the beginning of the season, this rose will rebloom dependably. The foliage is glossy and leathery, providing a nice foil for the pale flowers.
‘Sombreuil’ is a vigorous but mannerly rose that is easily controlled -but don’t plant it near a walk, for it is very definitely thorny. Instead, ‘Sombreuil’ is at its best on a pillar, low wall, trellis, or any place you can enjoy its delicious tea scent in safety.
‘Sonia’ Roses (Grandiflora, Introduced – 1974)’Sonia’ rose has well-formed, shrimp pink flowers that are 3 to 4 inches across and have excellent substance, making them long lasting when cut. Blooms have 30 petals and a very fruity fragrance. The foliage is dark green, shiny, and leathery, covering compact, 3- to 4-foot plants. ‘Sonia’ rose will grow equally well in a greenhouse or a garden.
‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ Roses (Burbon, Introduced – 1843)Though hardy and a good performer in the North, this rose loves a warm climate. ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ is one of the few Bourbons that turns up in old country gardens in the Southeast, and it reaches its greatest perfection in the dry warmth of the Southwest. Those who have seen it at its best speak of it as the quintessential old rose. The creamy blush pink flowers are large, flat, and quartered; the petals naturally form a cross, and the perfume they exhale is deliciously spicy. It’s distinctive among the Bourbons, as it rarely grows to more than 3 ft ( 0.9 m ) tall. ‘Souvenir de la Malmaison’ can be planted in small gardens or even raised in a container.
‘Sparrieshoop’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1953)Large (4-inch), single, very fragrant, light pink flowers have five broad, wavy petals and prominent golden stamens. They bloom all summer on upright, bushy plants that can grow 5- to 10- feet high.
‘Spartan ‘ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1955)Pointed burnt orange buds open into high-centered flowers colored orange-red to reddish coral. The highly fragrant blooms, which are borne singly or in sprays, have 30 petals and are 3 1/2 inches across. Stems are long and good for cutting, and the vigorous 3- to 4-foot plants are covered with shiny, leathery, dark green leaves.
‘Stanwell Perpetual’ Roses (Hybrid spinosissima, Introduced – 1838)The 3- to 4-inch double flowers are white to blush pink and have a slight sweet fragrance. Plants bloom off and on after the first flush of bloom on this graceful, 6- to 8-foot plant with very small leaves and a multitude of thorns.
‘Starglo’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1973)Double, off-white flowers that often develop a yellowish green tinge have 35 petals and are 1 3/4 inches across. The flowers are high-centered, with a slight fragrance. Plants grow 10- to 14- inches high and tend to sprawl along the ground, clothed in medium green foliage.
‘Starina’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1965)The lightly fragrant, bright orange-scarlet flowers of ‘Starina’ are touched with yellow at their base. They are double with a classic hybrid tea form; each is 1 1/2 inches across and has about 35 petals. Blooms appear continuously during the season. Foliage is small and glossy.
Plants are upright, bushy, and compact, usually about a foot tall and wide. Exceptional as a uniform edging, they are also attractive in beds and borders with perennials and shrubs, and grow well as container plants.
‘Summer Dream’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1987)The peach-colored buds of ‘Summer Dream’ rose open to reveal shades of pink and orange on the insides of the petals, blending to yellow on the outsides. The flowers, which have 30 to 35 petals and are 4 to 5 inches across, bloom in sprays and repeat their bloom very quickly. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall and are clothed in dark green, glossy foliage. ‘Summer Dream’ is more winter hardy than most other apricot-colored roses.
‘Summer Fashion’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1985)This variety could as well have been a hybrid tea, for its flowers have perfect high-centered form and appear singly or in small sprays. Petals are light yellow edged in pink, with the pink spreading and darkening as the bloom matures. The sweetly fragrant, 3- to 5-inch flowers have 35 petals. Foliage is large, medium green and semi-glossy, on 2 1/2 – to 3-foot plants.
‘Summer Snow’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1938)’Summer Snow’ rose represents the unique case in which a bush rose sported from a climber (‘Climbing Summer Snow’) rather than vice versa. The 2 1/2 – to 3- foot plants produce large sprays of creamy pointed buds and snowy white blossoms. Flowers repeat quickly against light green leaves, making this variety good for mass plantings. The 2 1/2 – to 3-inch flowers have 20 to 25 petals and a slight tea fragrance.
‘Summer Sunshine’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1962)More of a golden yellow than other yellow roses, ‘Summer Sunshine’ rose is also more vigorous and disease resistant than other yellow roses, although it is not very winter hardy. The 3 1/2- to 5-inch blooms with 25 to 30 petals repeat quickly all summer. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall and have gray-green, leathery foliage.
‘Sun Flare’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1981)One of this rose’s parents, ‘Sunsprite’, was a famous and popular rose. ‘Sun flare’ shares its parent’s healthy, vigorous constitution, and the offspring’s flowers are even more handsome.
Its buds have the pointed, scrolled form of the hybrid teas, and they open into broad, luminous yellow, double blossoms with a distinct scent of licorice. Borne in clusters of up to a dozen, the blossoms appear consistently throughout the season.
‘Sunbright’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1984)The name aptly describes the brilliant yellow flowers of this hybrid tea. Repeating their bloom quickly, the flowers are 4 inches across and have 24 to 30 petals. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet high with dark green, glossy foliage. Resistance to fungal diseases is very good for a yellow rose.
‘Sunny June’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1952)Deep canary yellow flowers have five petals, are 3 1/2 inches across, and are slightly cupped to flat. Blooms have deep red stamens and a spicy fragrance, and appear in large clusters all summer. Dark and glossy black spot-resistant foliage covers an upright, 8-foot, hardy plant best grown as a pillar rose.
‘Sunsprite’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1977)The high-centered oval buds of ‘Sunsprite’ open to deep yellow flowers. Appearing in clusters of five or more, the blossoms are double, each with about 28 petals, and are richly scented. Flowers are borne continuously throughout the season. Foliage is light green and glossy.
This rose has a compact, upright habit. This rose is suitable for use in beds and borders, where its low growth neatly covers the base of taller, leggier plants. Its flowers are excellent for cutting and exhibition. This rose is disease resistant.
‘Sutter’s Gold’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1950)Named for the 1948 centennial of the discovery of gold in California, ‘Sutter’s Gold’ rose is one of the most fragrant hybrid teas. The flowers are golden yellow, overlaid with tones of orange and tipped in red. The flowers are tall, slender, and urn shaped, with 30 to 35 petals. When fully open, the blooms are 4 to 6 inches across. Plants grow 4 to 5 feet tall with dark green, leathery, semi-glossy foliage on thorny canes.
‘Swamp Rose’ (Species, Introduced – 1824)Few roses tolerate poorly drained soils; this shrub thrives on them. This makes the swamp rose a prize for gardeners in search of a shrub for a low-lying damp spot. Yet this rose need not be confined only to wet situations, for it also flourishes on ordinary, well-drained garden soils. In fact, the swamp rose, with its graceful, semi-weeping form, is an asset to any landscape. Its nearly thornless canes bear fragrant, vivid pink, double flowers amid narrow, willow like leaves. More gardeners should consider this easy, lovely shrub for gracing the edges of their ponds or streams.
‘Swarthmore’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1963)Rose-red blooms, tending to medium deep pink, are 4 to 5 inches across and have 45 to 55 petals. They are high centered and slender, with a slight fragrance. Petal edges usually turn smoky dark red or black, especially in bright sunlight. The long, straight stems are clothed in dark green, leathery foliage on a 4- to 6-foot plant that is quite winter hardy.
‘Sweet Vivien’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1961)Oval buds open into slightly fragrant, 3-inch flowers with 17 petals. Flowers are pink with light yellow centers, and bloom in sprays on medium length stems. The disease-resistant foliage is small leafed, dark green, and glossy on compact, slightly spreading 2-foot plants.

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