Earth Song

by Peggi Tucker

The earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I see the three shrub roses 'Earth Song' at bloom in my garden, I am immediately drawn to them. The deep pink color and the continuous bloom of 'Earth Song' smile at me even from a distance. I don't do much to winterize this rose, except for a little mulch, and each year it comes back vigorously and blooms all summer. It's bright fuchsia color is a joy to behold.

'Earth Song' is a showy four-foot tall grandiflora bred by Griffith Buck in 1975. It's pointed urn shaped double flowers open to reveal fragrant golden stamens. This is a very healthy hybrid with disease resistant leathery green foliage and is hardy to zone 4. It is a lovely, erect and free-blooming plant with flowers that occur in clusters or single and have a petal count of 25 - 30.

This rose has an ARS rating of 8.2. 'Earth Song' is a favorite in many categories, including excellent bloom color, form, quantity and frequency. Vigor, disease resistance, cold hardy and heat tolerant make this a winning rose.

Parentage 'Music Make' x 'Prairie Star'.