Rosa 'Garden Party'
|Rosa 'Garden Party'|
|Hybrid parentage||'Charlotte Armstrong' × 'Peace'|
|Cultivar group||Hybrid Tea|
|Cultivar||Garden Party rose|
|Origin||Herbert C. Swim, 1959|
The high-centered, double-shaped flowers have 25–28 petals and a creamy-white colour with more or less pink-edged outer petals. The Ultimate Rose Book says that 'Garden Party' has "the 'Peace' colors but more delicate". The flowers develop from urn-shaped buds, reach an average diameter of 11 cm (4.5") and have a light lemony fragrance. 'Garden Party' blooms repeatedly throughout the season. Thanks to its large well-shaped flowers, it is a popular exhibition variety.
The vigorous shrub reaches 90 to 200 cm (2 ft 11 in to 6 ft 7 in) height and 60 to 75 cm (24 to 30 in) width and is winter hardy up to -15 °C (USDA zone 7b), but can be susceptible to mildew. The young shoots are red, the semi-glossy foliage bluish.
'Garden Party' won a gold medal at the Bagatelle Rose Trials in 1959 and was included into the All-American-Rose-Selection in 1960. It is a parent to cultivars such as 'Double Delight' (Swim & Ellis 1997), 'Gold Medal' (Christensen, 1982) and 'Kokyu' (Kono, 1978).
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