A fragrant rose that's simple to care for, At Last rose blooms from spring into fall with clusters of apricot-colored, double-petaled roses. This disease-resistant rose lends itself to a number of garden roles, thanks to its three-foot-round size. It can be used singly as an accent in the garden or as the main player in a large container, or multiple plants can be arranged as a low hedge or a drift. At Last is an award-winning rose that was honored by American Rose Trials for Sustainability, which identified it as an excellent performer especially in the cooler but humid summers of the Northeast, Great Lakes and Upper Midwest.
Common name: At Last rose
Botanical name: Rosa ‘HORcogjill’
Exposure: Full sun
Flowers: Beginning in late spring, At Last rose blooms with fragrant, double-petaled roses that begin deep apricot in color and fade to light peach. A floribunda rose, it produces its flowers in sprays (clusters) rather than holding them singly. Flowering continues into fall.
Foliage: Dark green, glossy, typical rose foliage. Disease resistant.
Habit: Three feet tall and wide, with a rounded shape.
Origin: Bred in England, At Last was introduced to the American gardening market by Spring Meadow Nursery/Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs.
How to grow it: The At Last rose shares the same requirements as most roses: full sun and even soil moisture. It shows great resistance to disease even in humid climates, but it will still benefit from an open position that affords good air circulation. Cut the stems back by one to two thirds in early spring, cutting at a point just above a growth bud. Make the cut slanted, with the high point of the slant on the same side of the stem as the bud. Apply a slow-release fertilizer formulated for roses in early spring. USDA Zone 5–9.
Image courtesy of Spring Meadow Nursery