Roses In Alphabetical Order ‘E’
‘Earth Song’ Roses (Grandiflora, Introduced – 1975)The late Dr. Griffith Buck bred roses specifically for disease resistance and cold hardiness, and in ‘Earth Song’ he achieved a remarkable success. ‘Earth Song’ has overwintered successfully for almost a decade at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, where winter temperatures regularly drop to -30°F (-34°C). Often the cold there has killed back its canes, but because grandifloras flower best on new growth, ‘Earth Song’ bounces back from such natural pruning to flower satisfactorily by early the following summer.
Its blossoms open into classic high-centered hybrid tea buds, then spread their petals into large 4 – 4 1/2 in (10-11.5 cm) cups of rich red. The foliage is handsome; dark and glossy.
‘Electron’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1970)Called ‘Mullard Jubilee’ in Europe, in honor of an electronics company, ‘Electron’ rose has flowers of rich, deep, glowing electric pink with a very heavy fragrance. The circular flowers have 30 to 35 petals and open to 5 inches across. Repeating quickly all summer, ‘Electron’ has medium green, leathery leaves and extremely thorny canes. Compact, slightly spreading plants grow 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet high, making them good choices for the front of a bed, and have good winter hardiness.
‘Elina’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1985)The large double blooms of ‘Elina’ (also known as ‘Peaudouce’) are a delicate pale yellow to ivory. Beautifully formed flowers appear continuously throughout the season, each bearing around 35 petals and producing a light fragrance. Leaves are large, glossy, and dark green, providing a dramatic foil for the flowers.
The plants are vigorous and upright. Blossoms are produced in abundance on long, straight stems, making this rose an excellent source for cut roses. This rose is hardy and resistant to black spot but somewhat susceptible to mildew.
‘Erfurt’ Roses (Hybrid Musk, Introduced – 1939)Buds of ‘Erfurt’ are rosy red, long, and pointed, opening to deep cerise-pink semi-double flowers with white centers and bright golden yellow stamens. Once plants begin to bloom, they continue nonstop until frost. The flowers exude a pleasing musky fragrance. Foliage is leathery and wrinkled with a coppery green tone that enhances the brightly colored flowers. Stems are brown with hooked prickles.
The plants are vigorous and bushy, with arching canes that may spread outward to 6 feet. The long show of blooms and abundance of attractive foliage make ‘Erfurt’ rose an outstanding garden shrub for beds or borders. Like other hybrid musk’s, this rose is disease resistant and tolerates some shade and poor soil.
‘Escapade’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1967)The simple pink flowers of this rose, earn with a white eye at its center, bear a familial resemblance to those of ‘Betty Prior’ but are fuller, with more petals, and they have a definite perfume. ‘Escapade’ is also a reliable and generous re-bloomer and a good source of cut flowers. Vigorous, hardy, and healthy, this rose has clean, glossy, light green foliage and a graceful spreading profile. This rose can serve as a landscape shrub, a foundation planting, or a low hedge, and it blends easily into a mixed border of flowers and other shrubs. This rose also makes excellent material for a flowering hedge.
‘Etain’ Roses (Rambler, Introduced – 1953)This rambler has slightly fragrant, salmon-pink, 3-inch double flowers borne in large clusters. The leaves are glossy, reddish brown, and almost evergreen in milder climates. The open plant is vigorous, growing 10- to 12- feet high, and quickly covers slopes or fences. This is one of the few ramblers that repeats its bloom and grows best in light shade.
‘Europeana’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1963)If red roses -true reds -are what you prefer, this is the floribunda for you. The flowers of ‘Europeana’ are large (up to 3 in [7 .6 cm ] in diameter), full, and a clear crimson in color -just the thing to cut and give to someone special. Best of all, these blossoms are borne in natural bouquets, large clusters garnished with glossy, bronze-green foliage.
‘Europeana’ is as close to truly ever blooming as you will find in a rose. If planted en masse in formal beds, as it often is, this shrub can be overwhelming when in full bloom. A more sophisticated effect can be achieved by setting plants out singly as a foundation planting, an accent in a flower border, or a container plant. If bold statements are your style, plant an informal hedge of ‘Europeana’.
This rose is not immune to fungal diseases, so be sure to plant it in an open, sunny spot, and leave space around it for the air to circulate and blow away disease spores.
‘Excelsa’ Roses (Rambler, Introduced – 1909)Sometimes called ‘Red Dorothy Perkins’, this rambler has medium red, double, cupped, ruffled, 2-inch flowers that are borne in large, heavy clusters. Rich green, glossy leaves cover 12- to 18-foot plants that bloom only once per season.