I’ve been wanting to plant some Fairy Tale Roses for the last few years but couldn’t find them in any of our local nurseries. So this past week I found some online and Mike phoned in the order. We decided on the luscious Brothers Grimm and the elegant Kosmos, both floribundas, both extremely disease resistance and each uniquely beautiful.
Brothers Grimm is anything but grim with its distinctive, eye-popping color of orange and apricot with bright yellow on the reverse side of its 30 to 40 petals. The blooms grow in clusters on an upright bush that has dark green, glossy foliage that has a growth habit of about 3’ tall. I can’t wait to see this rose blooming in our garden. Brothers Grimm is hardy to Zone 5 and is just one in a series of Fairy Tale roses bred by Kordes Roses.
Our second Fairy Tale Rose is Kosmos. I thought my knowledge of fairy tales was fairly extensive, but I have to admit that I’ve never come across a character named Kosmos in any of my childhood reading. (If you know who Kosmos is, let me know.) Kosmos has 40 delicate, creamy white petals around apricot centers and is described as having a light fruity fragrance. I’ll let you know. The foliage is matte green and the bush grows to a height of 3 to 4 feet.
Both Brothers Grimm and Kosmos have been awarded the prestigious ADR award which is given to roses that are tested in German gardens for 3 years and are not sprayed with any pesticides. These roses should thrive in our New England garden and, hopefully, be virtually black spot free. With their old-fashioned form and their many-petaled blooms, I anticipate that we will be able to add them to our list of sustainable, easy to grow roses.
Do any of you grow Fairy Tale roses? If so, let us know.
Photos by Kordes Roses