Pink, orange and yellow don’t adequately describe the “wow” you get with Rosa ‘Mardi Gras,’ a floribunda type that was introduced in 2007. Meaning many flowering, floribunda has only been around for about a century, the result of cross-breeding rose varieties, specifically hybrid tea roses with polyantha. Polyantha roses are hybrids of R. chinensis and R. multiflora. Confused yet? Not to worry when the end result is the exuberant ‘Mardi Gras.’ The winner of the All-America Rose Selections, ‘Mardi Gras’ is said to be resistant to mildew and rust, although susceptible to black spot. Hardy to Zone 5, this shrub can reach 4 feet in height, topped with 4-inch blooms set against dark to medium green leaves. Like any good party, this one morphs from orange-hued buds to pink and yellow flowers that have a peppery scent.
Submitted by Joy Meyers
Editor’s Note: Do you have a plant you’d like to see on Garden Maine? Here’s our submission form.