Every spring seems to bring a few new easy-care, long-blooming hardy roses from growers around the world.
This year we’re welcoming one called Rosa Oso Easy ‘Paprika,’ which was developed by renowned hybridizer Chris Warner of England.
Other roses in the Oso Easy series, which sound more like food than plants, include ‘Honey Bun,’ ‘Cherry Pie,’ ‘Peachy Cream,’ ‘Fragrant Spreader’ and ‘Strawberry Crush.’ The series is part of the Proven Winners ColorChoice line.
‘Paprika’ is a low-growing perennial shrub rose that will reach a height of just 1 to 2 feet, making it a good choice for containers and patio gardens. It is said to be highly disease resistant.
From spring until frost, ‘Paprika’ will produce lots of spicy, reddish-orange single blooms with a bright yellow center. As they age, the flowers fade to a soft coral color with a golden center.
The glossy green foliage offers hints of red in the new growth.
Roses like full sun, good air circulation and well-watered loamy soil. Water them in the morning to allow the foliage to dry out completely.
Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring. Cut out old and weak branches and prune to shape. Over the course of the summer, you may want to remove spent blooms to increase flowering.