Orange-lovers and orange-haters. I've never known a color to divide such a large group of plant lovers, but orange roses seem to stir something in rosarians. They either absolutely love them, or absolutely despise them. I love them.
Perhaps it's because I live in the South, where the light is bright, harsh, glaring. Pastel colors don't show up well. But orange! Oh, yes, orange you can see when the sun's reflection is searing the eye.
And my brightest, almost neon, practically glowing, orange rose is the rose 'Impatient'.
I first saw 'Impatient' from across the parking lot in mid-day sun. The rest of the roses couldn't hold a candle to this rose. I loved it so much I bought three of them. Three of them! And I've never regretted that decision.
'Impatient' blooms early, and blooms a lot. The blooms stay on the rose for a long time. It's a hard color to photograph, but it's not a color that you will soon forget. Want your rose garden to stand out, stand up and be noticed? No one will miss it if you have 'Impatient' in the garden. This rose brings a smile to my face every time I see it - and it can't be missed!
Like most orange roses, the color fades a bit after being on the rose. Like I said before, these blooms last a long time, but eventually they do fade to pink. For some reason, though, this doesn't bother me. I have some roses I just can't stand the sight of their faded blooms. They're just downright Ugly with a capital U. But not 'Impatient'. They fade to a pretty pink. I like the faded roses just as much as the normal bloom color.
'Impatient' grows in zones 6 through 10. Blackspot and mildew resistant. In a color you either love or hate.
I have never seen an orange rose but I will look for one. I am afraid I am a more subtle color lover but I would like to see the impatient in person.ReplyDelete
Orange is the color I probably plant the least because I daughter (3 years) is obsessed with pink and so we plant a lot of pink flowers around here! I am not a fan of pink and orange. However, I am loving my Jacob's coat climber in my kitchen garden! Great roses pics!ReplyDelete
Orange lover here! My two favorite colors in roses are yellow and orange. I have "Marmalade Skies", which is a lighter orange color that fades to pink. I'll be on the lookout for "Impatient"!ReplyDelete
Thanks for the introduction...it is a really pretty color. I have found that orange divides all types of gardeners...blue too. I adore a lot of color in my gardens.ReplyDelete
Those impatient looks more red than orange to me. They are lovely even when faded. :) As it gets older, it tones down.ReplyDelete
Count me in as 'for.' The 'Impatient' is a lovely rose with such a stunning bloom color. I am going to look for it at my local nursery because the color is so vibrant I could stare at it for long periods.ReplyDelete
Ha. Ha. I agree. I bought a whole bunch of pale pink old roses and flame-colored pernetianas for the past two years - imagine fitting them both in one small garden:). I can't say neon orange makes my heart beat faster, but pernetianas I do love.ReplyDelete
I am "for" but in small doses. I like an orange rose or two mixed in with the yellows.ReplyDelete
lifeshighway - If you find an 'Impatient', you won't miss it! Not for everyone, I understand, but I love it more each year.ReplyDelete
Kelsey - pink is a classic color, and probably makes for a more 'beautiful' vs. 'vibrant' garden. I don't have Joseph's coat, though I often wonder if I need one!
Shannon - Orange and yellow are great together. 'Marmalade Skies' sounds beautiful. It would fit in well in my garden.
Darla - I do believe it has a lot to do with the amount and what kind of light the garden gets. If I lived elsewhere, I might not be in love with orange as much as I am here.
One - "tones down" - that's a good way to put it. And it does have a red-orange cast. I guess that's why it fades to pink.
Sage Butterfly - My eye gravitates to it, too. I hope you find one - and in bloom - so you can see the color in person.
Masha - Very interesting. Maybe they have just enough pink in them to blend. I'm certain if you put them together, they look lovely, you have such an artist's eye.
Rev Scott - Ah, a man of reason. Interestingly, I have very few yellow roses in my garden.
Love your Roses. They are beautiful. I don't get hung up on color. Love Red, love my orange Daylilies. Not a big one for wearing yellow, but something draws me to a yellow flower. Go figure. I just think it's a love of flowers, whatever the color.ReplyDelete
Wow! The first photo is really blinding! They are soo gorgeous no matter what colour, love the last photo!ReplyDelete
Cher - I like your attitude. I agree - all flowers have a certain draw to them.ReplyDelete
p3chandan - I think part of the reason I like this flower so much is that it is always - always - filled with blooms. Last year it kept blooming through our hottest summer days, when everything else had gone dormant.
I must confess that I am not strongly for or against orange colored roses.I must confess that I like brighter shades rather than muted ones. Other than that- I like all roses.
I agree, Holley--it takes some potent color to stand up to southern sun. All those lovely soft pinks that look so beautiful in northern gardens just don't hold up.ReplyDelete
Love 'em! I have Livin' Easy and Charisma. I also love the rose colored roses and the pink. Red is my least fav, and white roses are another fav. Lavender is good.ReplyDelete
They need to be in different beds, of course.
Jennifer - I like all roses, too!ReplyDelete
Stacy - Yes, the light has a lot to do with it. I love the pastels, but need 'more' when the sun starts blaring.
Nell Jean - Red is my husband's favorite, so I have a lot of them. I'm starting to acquire some white roses this year. I haven't done too well with the lavender colored ones. Perhaps I just bought the wrong ones.
I agree with you - LOVE the orange. So many haters, though! BUT...I'm even more intrigued by the 'pest and blackspot resistance' and hardy to zone 10!! Wow...I have to chech out Impatient! Great post!!!ReplyDelete
I love your orange roses! I think they brighten up the garden.ReplyDelete
I remember when the fluorescent 'Super Star' was all the rage and like your 'Impatient' created bezazz in a garden. I think it depends what 'look' the gardener is after i.e. hot and loud or country pastel. Great for a hot spot but the addition of something blue/purple would make it for meReplyDelete
Lovely roses! I think I'd have to see it in person to decide if the color was for me.ReplyDelete
Kimberly - I think it'd look great in your tropical garden, since you love orange. It is a great rose and a blooming machine.ReplyDelete
Priscilla - I agree. It's always sunny in that spot!
Laura - fluorescent is a good description. Bezazz - like that word! I'm wondering what companions to put with it. Not sure if I'll go for something to cool it down, or keep it hot.
Marcia - This bright of an orange can be a tricky color. Not for every garden, that's for sure.
Lovely photos. I like the bright colours.ReplyDelete
Mac - I don't know, but I imagine the sun to be pretty strong in Australia, too, which would mean bright colors would look great there.ReplyDelete
Hmmm, I'm an orange lover too. I hadn't quite put it into words before, but I think you're right. I have the pale pink Marie Daly and they just fade into the bright sun but the Livin Easy stands out - loud and proud! Your roses are just beautiful - it would be nice to be surrounded by so many of them.ReplyDelete
Cat - Yes, I have a pastel bed, and in the middle of the summer the sun is too harsh for those colors to show up well. There's a reason tropical and bright go together!ReplyDelete
I love all roses! Do not have an orange rose growing in my ever expanding collection. I now have enough fuel from this post to seek one out! beautiful blooms!ReplyDelete
Redneck Rosarian - I'm surprised! No orange roses? Well, perhaps when you get one they will grow on you. I need to try to get more roses that are not orange!ReplyDelete
I know I'm a year late on commenting, but don't you love old post comments? :) I am a qualified orange hater. I have seen it places and loved it yes, but as a whole not only do I have zero orange roses, but I have zero orange flowers of any kind AND I tend to avoid yellow a bit too as it gets more toward the orangey side. Which is crazy. Its not like I have a color scheme or anything, and it just wouldn't go. I have every other color going on out there.ReplyDelete
I did visit the AARS trial garden is SC this summer and they had a LOT of orange roses... One called Carribean, I think, was so bright it looked like a miniature sun. I did like that thing. As long as it stayed where it was!
Jess - I was a bit surprised to see a comment on this post, but I'm glad someone's still reading it! I think a lot of people hate orange, and your garden is very classic and clean. I can see where orange just wouldn't 'go' in it. My garden is very bright and bold - I love seeing this hot orange rose from across the yard! Interestingly, I don't have a lot of yellow flowers, but indoors most of my walls are yellow! Go figure.ReplyDelete