‘Dainty Bess’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1925)The silvery pink flowers of ‘Dainty Bess’ are unusual for a hybrid tea in several respects: they are single, with only five large, wavy petals; the petals surround a center of stamens that are colored deep maroon; and the flowers close at night. Blooms that develop in the shade of the leaves tend to be lighter in color. They are fragrant and long-lasting, both on the stem and when cut.
Plants are sturdy, vigorous, and upright, with abundant dark green leathery foliage. This rose’s constant production of flowers makes it a fine choice in a bed or border. Despite its name, it’s tough, tolerant of harsh weather, and resistant to disease.
‘Danaë’ Roses (Hubrid Musk, Introduced – 1913)Its dark, shiny foliage provides an elegant setting for the little egg-yolk yellow flower buds of ‘Danäe’. These open into clusters of creamy, 2 in (5 cm), semi double flowers with delicately ruffled petals. Their strong scent is described as a combination of fruit and musk. This rose makes a wonderful show in the fall, with its combination of repeat bloom and orange-red hips.
Though hardy in the North and in southern Canada, this rose is an outstanding performer in warmer climates. It does especially well in the Southeast, where its canes may reach a length of 12 ft (3.6 m). In the South, these rose is also shade tolerant, flourishing with only a couple of hours of full sun daily.
‘Debut’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1988)Named because it was one of the first three miniatures to win an MRS award (the others were ‘New Beginning’ and ‘Pride ‘n’ Joy’), ‘Debut’ rose has pointed buds and high-centered flowers that bloom prolifically on spreading, 12- to 18-inch plants with dark green, disease-resistant foliage. Flowers are 1 to 2 inches across, have 15 to 22 petals, and are ivory to pale yellow with a broad red edging.
‘Dee Bennett’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1988)This brilliant apricot variety was named for the late Dee Bennett, a hybridizer of fine miniatures. Its 1-inch flowers are double, with excellent substance, making this a long-lasting flower in the garden or in a vase. Dark green foliage covers a mounded, 14- to 18-inch plant.
‘Delicata’ Roses (Hybrid Rugosa, Introduced – 1898)The bright pink to mauve flowers of ‘Delicata’ rose are semi-double, containing 18 to 24 petals, and open to a width of 3 to 3 1/2 inches. Scented like cloves, the blooms appear in abundance early in the season and repeat until fall. Large orange-red hips follow the blooms and are present at the same time as later flowers-which may create an objectionable color combination for some.
Plants are low growing compared with other hybrid rugosas, and they have a compact, well-branched habit. Rarely over 3 feet in height, they are useful garden shrubs. Like other members of this class, ‘Delicata’ rose is extremely hardy, disease resistant, and tolerant of seaside conditions.
‘Deuil de Paul Fontaine’ Roses (Moss, Introduced – 1873)This rose’s susceptibility to powdery mildew makes it less than an ideal candidate for an easy rose, but its many virtues out-weigh this fault. Nevertheless, this rose should be planted in a warm, dry spot to help keep its foliage healthy.
‘Deuil de Paul Fontaine’ blossoms are among the darkest and most dramatic of the moss roses; the petals are a velvety crimson purple with paler undersides. Even the mossing on the buds and the base of the flower is a dark red. Both the flowers and the moss are highly fragrant, and unlike most of the roses in this class, ‘Deuil de Paul Fontaine’ re-blooms in late summer and fall.
‘Diamond Jubilee’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1947)Named for the seventy-fifth anniversary of Jackson and Perkins Company, the largest rose nursery in the United States, ‘Diamond Jubilee’ has flowers of buff yellow to apricot. The blooms are 5 to 6 inches across, with 30 to 45 petals, a delightful fruity fragrance, and a cupped, decorative shape. Compact plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and have dark green, leathery leaves. This rose was once classified as a floribunda, and it has the blooming characteristics of one, as it usually produces its flowers in sprays.
‘Dolly Parton’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1984)Like its show-business namesake, this rose is larger than life, with huge 6- to 7-inch double blooms that are extremely long lasting as cut flowers. Fragrance is exceptionally strong and spicy, and the bright orange-red blooms are attractively set off by dark green, slightly glossy leaves. Plants grow about 4 feet tall. Unfortunately, bloom production can be sparse and the plant is tender and prone to mildew.
‘Don Juan’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1958)This rose produces extremely large, fragrant flowers, singly or in small clusters, throughout the growing season. The dark red, nearly black buds are oval and open slowly to reveal 4- to 5-inch high-centered or cupped blossoms with a deep velvety color that is among the darkest of all red roses. Flowers are borne on long stems, making them ideal for cutting. Leaves are dark and glossy.
‘Don Juan’ rose is a moderate to vigorous grower with an upright habit. Deadheading spent blossoms will encourage re-bloom. The plant is very effective on a pillar, fence, wall, or trellis. Although not extremely hardy, its disease resistance is good.
‘Dorothy Perkins’ Roses (Rambler, Introduced – 1901)Pale rose-pink, 2- to 3-inch flowers are fragrant, fully double and decorative, blooming over dark green, shiny leaves. This rambler is vigorous, growing 10- to 20- feet high, but it blooms only once per season.
‘Dortmund’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1955)Technically, this rose is one of the Kordesii shrubs, but because of its extreme vigor, this rose is nearly always grown as a climber. Like the other Kordesii shrubs, ‘Dortmund’ rose descends from a cross between the memorial rose (Rosa wicburaiana) and R. rugosa, and so it is exceptionally hardy and disease resistant. Its glossy, holly like foliage sets off the large, slightly ruffled, single, red blooms, each with a white eye surrounding the central knot of brilliant yellow stamens. Deadhead the flowers to encourage repeat bloom; leave them to wither on the stems in the fall so that you can enjoy the pretty orange hips. But beware of the jumbo thorns.
‘Double Delight’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1977)This is a chameleon hybrid tea: its buds open creamy white with a strawberry edge, but then its petals gradually darken to all red. The flowers have a spicy scent and reappear throughout the season. They make long-lasting cut flowers.
Because its flowers are so striking -gaudy, some would say -this is not the easiest rose to integrate into a garden design, but ‘Double Delight’ does make an eye-catching accent in the landscape, and it is one of the best-performing hybrid tea roses in the Southeast.
‘Dreamglo’ Roses (Miniature, Introduced – 1978)Long and pointed, the buds of ‘Dreamglo’ open to double flowers. Each bloom bears about 50 white petals that are blended and tipped with red. The blooms are borne singly, appearing abundantly in mid-season and repeating well. They have the classic high-centered hybrid tea form. The 1 1/2-inch-wide blossoms are lightly fragrant and very long lasting; leaves are small, glossy, and dark green.
This vigorous rose has a compact, upright habit and is an excellent choice for the foreground of beds and borders. This rose is disease resistant.
‘Dr. J.H. Nicolas’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1940)Globular, 4- to 5-inch flowers of medium rose-pink are borne in small sprays that give the plant an airy look. The fragrant flowers, with 50 petals, bloom repeatedly against dark green, leathery foliage. This variety grows best upright on a 10-foot pillar or trellis.
‘Dr. W. Van Fleet’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1910)Cameo pink flowers fade to flesh white as they mature. They are 2 to 3 inches across and bloom only once a year. The fragrant double flowers are high-centered at first but open quickly into flat, decorative blooms. Dark green, small, glossy foliage clothes this vigorous climber that can grow 15- to 20- feet high.
‘Dublin Bay’ Roses (Climber, Introduced – 1976)Produced in clusters, the 4- to 4 1/2-inch blood red flowers of ‘Dublin Bay’ appear continuously from spring until frost. Blooms are double, cupped, and fragrant. They have a velvety texture and show off well against the rich green foliage.
The plant is somewhat slow growing. This rose can perform as a shrub during its first few seasons and then become a fine climber with an upright, well branched habit, perfect for a low fence, pillar, stone wall, or trellis. ‘Dublin Bay’ rose is disease resistant.
‘Ducher’ Roses (China, Introduced – 1869)Ducher’ is generally conceded to be the only white rose of this class. In fact, the blossoms are more of an ivory or cream color than pure white. Traces of pink stain the outer petals of the round flower buds, which open into small, fragrant double blooms that are fuller and more elegant than those of most China roses. ‘Ducher’ re-blooms regularly throughout the summer, and because it is smaller than most members of its class, it works well as a container plant. The new foliage is purplish red, maturing to a fresh apple green all season.
‘Duchesse de Brabant’ Roses (Tea, Introduced – 1857)This was the rose that Teddy Roosevelt liked to wear in his buttonhole. ‘Duchesse de Brabant’ is the essence of luxury, with its heavily perfumed, large, cupped blossoms of soft pink. It is a generous bloomer, too, flowering from spring into fall and even winter in the southern part of its range. Unlike its rangy relatives, this tea rose makes a relatively compact vase-shaped shrub that is easily accommodated in the average garden. It’s easy to grow, too -a healthy, vigorous shrub that in the South is often found as a survivor in abandoned gardens.
‘Duet’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1960)Generally blooming in sprays, ‘Duet’ rose has a long vase life and is therefore an excellent cut flower. The 4-inch blooms with 25 to 35 petals are a dusty coral-pink with darker tones on the undersides of the petals; flowers have an informal, decorative form. Flowers are fragrant and bloom on 4 1/2 – to 5 1/2-foot plants that have leathery, medium green, holly like leaves.
‘Dynasty’ Roses (Hybrid Tea, Introduced – 1989)Flowers of bright orange with flashing yellow on the reverse sides of the petals are 4 to 5 inches across with 30 petals. The most outstanding feature of this 5-foot-high variety is its long cutting stems.