Want to see something pretty? Most roses are pretty from the front, but this one is different.
This rose is best seen from the back!
The back of rose petals is called the reverse. This rose is 'Prairie Sunset'. A pale butter yellow on its reverse makes the hot pink color on its front stand out. As the sun's rays stream through the petals, the lighter reverse makes this rose glow. I can't seem to keep my eyes off this beauty. And my pictures don't really do it justice.
Prairie Sunset grows upright, up to 6 ft. tall, and grows taller than it is wide. Slight scent. Should be hardy to zone 4. Occasional blackspot. Which is sad, because this rose is beautiful and a bit surprising with its contrasting lighter reverse. I recommend you place this rose in the back of the garden (where you can hide some of the blackspot on its leaves). But be sure you put it where the light will shine through its petals. You don't want to miss that golden glow. It's like a shining jewel. Oh, how I wish you could see that in my pictures!
I also wish it had a different name. Prairie Sunset is pretty, but Dr. Buck got carried away, naming at least a dozen other roses with some form of Prairie in their names. This includes one called Prairie Sunrise. Prairie Sunset, Prairie Sunrise - very confusing for someone with a simple mind like me!
Still, I certainly understand the Sunset part of its name. I do think it resembles a beautiful, glowing sunset. Don't you?