By Stan V. Griep
American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District
Ryan Somma Small and fairy-like, Sunblaze roses may look delicate, but are, in fact, a hardy little rose. What exactly is a Sunblaze rose bush and why should you have some in your garden? Let’s find out.
What is a Sunblaze Miniature Rose?
Sunblaze miniature rose bushes come to us from a greenhouse in southern Ontario, where they make sure these beautiful miniature roses are winter hardy and ready to plant in our rose beds or gardens.
Like most all miniature rose bushes, these are own root, which means even if the winter kills the top part down to the ground, what comes up from the root is still the same rose bush we originally purchased. In some cases, I have had cottontail rabbits nibble some of my miniature roses down to a little stub. When the rose bush grew back, it was wonderful to see the same bloom form and color.
The colors of the blooms on these little beauties are outstanding. Those beautiful Sunblaze rose blooms set against their nice green foliage truly is a sight to behold. However, if you just happen to be out for a walk around the rose garden when the morning sun kisses their blooms, well, let’s just say your enjoyment level will move up several notches!
As with all miniature roses, the word “miniature” nearly always refers to the size of the blooms and not necessarily the size of the bush.
Some of the Sunblaze roses are slightly fragrant while others have no detectable fragrance. If fragrance is a must for your rose bed or garden, be sure to check the information on the Sunblaze rose bushes you have selected before you buy them.
List of Sunblaze Roses
Below is a listing of some fine Sunblaze miniature rose bushes:
- Apricot Sunblaze Rose – Medium/Bushy – Dark Apricot with Darker kissed edges
- Autumn Sunblaze Rose – Short/Bushy – Orange-Red (Does not fade)
- Candy Sunblaze Rose – Medium/Bushy – Hot Pink (Does not fade)
- Red Sunblaze Rose – Straight upright/Bushy – A popular Red tone
- Sweet Sunblaze Rose – Medium/Bushy – Creamy white crimson edged becoming red as the bloom ages.
- Yellow Sunblaze Rose – Compact/Bushy – Bright Yellow
- Snow Sunblaze Rose – Medium/Bushy – Bright White
Some of my favorites Sunblaze roses are:
- Rainbow Sunblaze Rose
- Raspberry Sunblaze Rose
- Lavender Sunblaze Rose
- Mandarin Sunblaze
(Important Note: Sunblaze and Parade roses are different lines of miniature roses and are sometimes confused with one another. Sunblaze is connected to Meilland and Parade roses are connected to Poulsen. Meilland is a family rose business in France now in the 6th generation of breeding and producing roses. Meilland is the hybridizer of the very popular and well known hybrid tea rose Peace. The Poulsen family has been breeding roses in Denmark for about a century. A wonderful floribunda rose named Else Poulsen introduced back in 1924 is still popular today.)