Roses In Alphabetical Order ‘K’
‘Kathleen’ Roses (Shrub, Introduced – 1922)Hybrid musk. Single, richly fragrant blush pink flowers are small (1 to 1 1/2 inches), but bloom in large clusters all summer. The prominent stamens give the blooms the appearance of apple blossoms. Vigorous plants grow 6- to 12- feet tall and have disease-resistant foliage. Orange hips form in the fall.
‘Keepsake’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1981)Borne singly or in small clusters, the oval buds of ‘Keepsake’ open to 5-inch double blooms. The flowers are high-centered and deep pink with lighter pink shades, and are fragrant. Foliage is dark green, large, and glossy, and canes are armed with stout prickles.
Plants are upright and bushy. They are effective in beds or borders, and the flowers are excellent for cutting and exhibition. Though somewhat tender, this rose is very disease resistant. This rose performs best in climates with cool summers.
‘Kingig’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1987)This popular miniature produces medium-sized high-centered flowers singly or in sprays of three to five. Each double blossom has about 18 petals that are light pink with a light or dark pink reverse. As they mature, flowers fade to creamy pink. The matte leaves are medium in color and size, and canes bear slightly crooked white prickles. Hips are oval and green.
Upright ‘Kingig’ bushes can be combined attractively with other plants in borders and beds, or can be used as edgings or grown as container specimens.
‘King’s Ransom’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1961)Blooms of ‘King’s Ransom’ are medium to deep yellow, and the color does not fade in the heat, which happens with many other yellow roses. Flowers are 4 to 5 inches wide with 35 to 40 petals. They have a pleasing fragrance and grow on long stems for cutting. Plants are 4 1/2 to 5 feet tall with moderately thorny canes. ‘King’s Ransom’ rose is reasonably winter hardy; a surprising attribute for a yellow rose, but is often slow to re-bloom during the summer.
‘Königin von Dänemarck’ Roses (Alba, Introduced – 1826)The most brightly colored of the alba roses, the flowers of ‘Königin von Dänemarck’ open a brilliant pink but then gradually fade, ending up neatly white. With this distinctive coloration, these flowers also offer an unusually elegant form. They are neatly quartered, with as many as three, four, or five divisions among the petals and a button-eye center. In addition, they are outstandingly fragrant. Though somewhat coarse, the blue-green leaves are the ideal color to set off the warmth of the flowers. Sometimes planted as a hedge, this rose can become leggy if not restrained by an annual shortening of the canes after it finishes blooming in early summer.
‘Kordes Perfecta’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1957)Urn-shaped buds of this highly fragrant rose open into 4 1/2- to 5-inch very double flowers with 65 to 70 petals. The high-centered, slender blooms are creamy white, edged with red. As the temperature climbs, more red appears on the flowers, spreading downward from the edges. Cutting stems are long and strong on this 4- to 5-foot plant that has dark green, leathery, glossy foliage. ‘Kordes Perfecta’ is a sparse bloomer but quite winter hardy.
‘Koricole’ Roses (Floribunda, Introduced – 1985)Borne in clusters, the blooms of ‘Koricole’ rose are large and lightly fragrant. Each double blossom has about 35 white petals with pink edges. Flowers bloom on short stems throughout the growing season. Leaves are large, dark green, and semi-glossy.
The bushy, upright plants are easy to grow and are excellent for beds and borders. Their long-lasting and prolific flower display and their low growing habit make them ideal for placement in front of taller, leggy roses.
‘Kristin’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1992)This is another miniature rose that has received commendations from growers in both North and South. The carmine-tipped white blossoms are long-lasting and borne one to a stem, making this an excellent source of very refined cut flowers.
Like many others of the more recent introductions, this miniature rose is a more robust shrub than the midgets of years past. In fact, ‘Kristin’ is the equal of many polyantha roses in size, and like them it should be regarded as a compact landscape shrub. This rose also makes an exceptional accent for a flower border, as ‘Kristin’ won’t tower over its neighbors.