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.