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Rose of the Month For October, 2003
by Nanette Londeree, Consulting Rosarian

Westerland is our featured Rose of the Month and it is a beauty. The colors of this rose are those of a sunset - lovely apricot-orange with a touch of pink. The perfumed blooms are generally more than 3 inches wide, double, ruffled, with 20 petals that are slightly serrated.

It is officially classified as a floribunda rose, though it is often sold as a shrub or climber. In our mild climate it grows easily to an 8 - 10 foot tall shrub, thought it is at its best and most beautiful when used as a climber or pillar rose growing to 15 feet tall. It is covered with large, dark, soft green foliage on a vigorous plant. It seems to be continually in bloom, with a short repeat cycle.

This rose was developed by Kordes in Germany in 1969 from a cross of Friedrich Worlein X Circus. It won the Anerkannte Deutsche Rose award in 1974 and the UKs Royal National Rose Society Certificate of Merit in 1993. A sport of this rose is Autumn Sunset. It was produced by Lowe in 1986, and has all the same virtues of Westerland, with lighter coloring, more yellow than apricot.

Both of these roses are stunning, especially when planted adjacent to purple leaved or flowered plants. Light up your garden with this lovely flowering sunset!

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