Roses In Alphabetical Order ‘V’

‘Valerie Jeanne’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1980)Round buds open into deep magenta-pink, very double, 1 1/2-inch flowers with 55 to 60 petals. The high-centered blooms open flat and appear one to a stem or in large sprays. The 15- to 18-inch stems are covered with shiny foliage and long, straight, thin thorns.
‘Variegata di Bologna’ Roses (Bourbon, Introduced – 1909)No two flowers of ‘Variegata di Bologna’ are exactly alike in coloration: petals are white and individually striped with various shades of crimson and purple. The very double blooms are 3 to 4 inches across and globular, flattening and quartering with age. Borne in clusters of three to five, the blossoms bear a strong and long-lasting fragrance. They appear in abundance in mid-season but repeat sparsely, if at all. Leaves are narrow and glossy; canes are nearly smooth.
The bushes are vigorous, upright, and slender, and are versatile in the landscape. Their long, flexible canes are easily trained to climb a fence, trellis, or pillar, or can be pegged. Heavy pruning will produce a more compact, 4- to 5-foot shrub suitable for borders. Flowers are good for cutting.
‘Veilchenblau’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1909)This rose not only tolerates some shade, but it shows its best colors there. In a sunny spot, its reddish purple buds open to small, semi-double purple-violet flowers streaked with white and tufted with golden stamens. The scent of ‘Veilchenblau’ is that of oranges. In partial shade, the blossoms open lilac blue, as close to a true blue as you will find in a rose that has not been genetically engineered.
A vigorous climber, ‘Veilchenblau’ can be trained up a trellis, or the canes can be infiltrated into the branches of a small tree, where they will scramble up in a beautifully informal display. Providing good air circulation around this rose is particularly important in a shaded site if the foliage is to remain free of powdery mildew.
‘Virginia Rose’ (Species, Introduced – prior to 1807)Despite its name, the Virginia rose grows wild far to the north and south of that state, for it ranges naturally from Newfoundland south to Alabama and west to Missouri. Wherever it grows, this rose offers year-round color: bronze new foliage in spring; bright cerise-pink flowers with pale centers in midsummer; bright red hips and leaves that turn shades of red, yellow, and orange in fall; and arching red canes in the dead of winter. Such a tough, hardy shrub definitely deserves a spot somewhere in the garden, although it is especially useful for naturalized areas or slopes where few other roses would put on such a grand four-season display of color.
‘Vogue’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1951)Still popular after many years, ‘Vogue’ rose has high-centered flowers of medium to deep coral-pink. The slightly fragrant blooms have 25 petals and open to 2  1/2 to 3 1/2 inches wide, in very large sprays. Medium green, semi-glossy leaves cover bushy, 4- to 5-foot plants that are prone to black spot but very winter hardy.

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