Rainbow Sorbet

Peggi Tucker


When I first caught a glimpse of this magnificent rose, it was in the garden of one of our board members and it was getting close to dusk. Not a hum drum or predictable pink, the color of this rose transported me to an island sunset in a daydream. 'Rain Sorbet' had an iridescent glow and was nothing less than scrumptious. This floribunda is a deep pink, multicolor rose similar to the popular rose 'Playboy' from which it is a descendant. Deep pink edges with bright yellow, orange, or red contrast make a bold statement. The blooms are cuplike with pointed buds and a beautiful medium to large flower size. Bred in U.S. in 2006 by Ping Lim of Bailey Nurseries; the parentage is from two reliable roses: 'Playboy' x 'Earth Song'.

Rainbow Sorbet is getting a reputation for being very disease resistant including excellent black spot resistance. It is rugged and winter hardy for zones 6B through 9B and blooms abundantly with an excellent re-bloom. It is an award-winning rose with cluster flowers and medium green foliage and growth up to four or five feet.

All-America Rose Selection Winners are award-winning roses that have been tested by this non-profit organization where new varieties are field-tested for two-years in trial gardens all through the U.S. Roses are judged on growth, flower color and fragrance, flower production and disease resistance. Winning varieties receive the impressive AARS award. Four roses out of hundreds were chosen as AARS winners in 2006: 'Julia Child', 'Rainbow Sorbet', 'Wild Blue Yonder', and 'Tahitian Sunset'.