Portland should know roses; after all, its nickname is The Rose City. And the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden, where the rose competition has been held for the last 19 years, is in full and fragrant bloom.
"Every one of the 9,000 roses are in bloom now," reports Portland garden writer Kym Pokorny. "The pretty floribunda 'Sparkle and Shine' won Portland's Best Rose 2014. And it deserved it."
'Sparke and Shine' is a beauty with fruity-smelling, ruffled blooms that are about as yellow as a flower can get. The foliage is glossy and disease resistant. It grows three to five feet high and two to four feet wide. Last year's winner? A white hybrid tea with the lyrical name of 'Sugar Moon'.
See Kym's story on the June 8th rose event in the Oregonian here. And here's a photo of 'Sparkle and Shine' in all its vivid yellow glory...