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Roses Bred by Van Fleet
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"Isn't New Dawn overrated?" asked one online rose lover. One is tempted to answer yes. New Dawn is disease free, vigorous, relatively generous with flower, produces well-formed high centered roses of reasonable size, and these are fragrant. In short, it is everything we hope for in a rose; but it is not all roses. There are a lot of other roses that have most of New Dawn's strengths and add different ones of their own. Barbier's wichuriana climbers - all half sisters to Van Fleet's New Dawn - offer most of the same merits in a wide spectrum of colors. Still, I happen to believe that climbers are so underused in American gardens that New Dawn is under-used. And most other climbers are underused much more seriously. To the extent that focus on New Dawn robs other good climbers of attention it is overrated; but the fundamental problem lies, I think, in our lack of imagination in using climbing roses. New Dawn deserves wider attention. Other climbers deserve much wider attention.

Other roses by Van Fleet are probably as good or better. Clearly Rugosa Magnifica is a good performer since ARS members rate it so highly. American Pillar will swallow a pergola whole, smothering it in blossoms once per year. The show is worth the wait. Beauty of Rosemawr is a lovely curiosity. Its flowers are shaped like little teacups with scrolled edges. The color is a dusky purple kissed with raspberry. This is not the look we think of first when thinking of roses. But it is marvelously garden-friendly, quite romantic, and quite unique. Silver Moon is a durable white clumber deserving of more attention. Van Fleet's roses were not not many, but their impact is high.

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Cultivar Class Color FragranceBreeder Hardiness
Cluster Flower Climber
Rose
Moderate
van Fleet
Zone 4
Tea
Cerise
Moderate
Van Fleet
Zone 7
Cluster Flower Climber
Buff
Strong
Van Fleet
Zone 5
Large Flower Climber
Pale Pink
Moderate
Van Fleet
Zone 4
Hybrid Rugosa
Mauve
Moderate
Van Fleet
Zone 3
Large Flower Climber
Pale Pink
Strong
van Fleet
Zone 5
Hybrid Perpetual
Crimson
Strong
Van Fleet
Zone 6
Hybrid Rugosa
Pink
Moderate
Van Fleet
Zone 3
Large Flower Climber
White
Moderate
Van Fleet
Zone 4
Hybrid Rugosa
White
Moderate
Van Fleet
Zone 4
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