- Rose Bushes
- A Rose Dynasty Begins
- Mail-Order Business Develops
- Jackson & Perkins Today
- Learn More About Jackson & Perkins Roses
- History of Jackson & Perkins Roses
- A List of Jackson & Perkins Roses
- Jackson Perkins Roses
When it comes to expressions of love and beauty, it’s hard to go wrong with rose plants. Timeless and elegant, rose bushes and flower bushes anchor and accent your landscape with character. Surround yourself with the scent of fresh rose bushes and flower bushes in your very own garden of rose plants.
Choosing the Right Rose Bushes, Rose Plants & Flower Bushes
From climbing rose bushes and flower bushes to knock out roses and floribunda roses, you’ll find what you’re looking for at The Home Depot.
If you’re ready to add some classic color to your yard with climbing rose bushes or flower bushes, but unsure which varieties match your needs, we can help. Consider how much yard space you can dedicate to letting your climbing rose bushes grow and how much time you’re able to spend nurturing your garden.
Climbing rose bushes can rise anywhere from eight to 20 feet on arbors, fences, trellises and larger mailboxes. As climbing rose bushes continue to grow, be sure to monitor their progress and use rose ties to stabilize new growth and point the climbing in the preferred direction.
Hybrid tea roses grow tall with minimum foliage and have single blooms on each long stem. Hybrid tea roses are usually the type of roses you see in arrangements and can be kept alive in vases for several days after they’re cut.
Knock out roses are among the most popular variety of rose bushes. Knock out roses are easy to grow and disease resistant. Knock out roses are also a favorite of florists.
In addition to knock out roses, we carry several other options and colors of rose bushes and rose shrubs, including red rose bushes, grandiflora roses, white rose bushes, pink rose bushes and purple rose bushes.
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If you’re not sure where to begin with your rose bushes and rose plants, our How-To Guides can help point you in the right direction. We can also give you planting and maintenance tips for your rose plants and show you how to prune your rose bushes.
A Rose Dynasty Begins
Jackson & Perkins began selling roses before the turn of the century, but it was some time before they became the company’s main product. That happened almost by chance, the result of an employee’s interest in rose breeding.
Jackson & Perkins began selling roses before the turn of the century, but it was some time before they became the company’s main product.
In 1896 the company hired E. Alvin Miller, who, in addition to his regular duties, tried his hand at hybridizing roses. In 1901, Jackson & Perkins marketed one of Miller’s varieties, a climber called Dorothy Perkins, which became one of the most widely planted roses in the world.
The surprising success of the Dorothy Perkins rose prompted Jackson & Perkins to focus on roses as its main product. As more energy went into creating and marketing new varieties, the company began to employ full-time hybridizers whose creativity and vision enabled Jackson & Perkins to grow into the world’s foremost producer and marketer of roses. One in particular, Eugene Boerner, was notable for his contributions to the Floribunda class of roses. In fact, it was C.H. Perkins, a cousin of Charles, who coined the term. Another hybridizer, William Warriner, developed 110 rose varieties that resulted in the sale of 40 million plants and 20 All-America Rose Selections. Two of his roses, Medallion and Red Masterpiece, were selected for special-issue postage stamps by the United States Postal Service in 1978.
Mail-Order Business Develops
The company’s mail order business resulted from a garden exhibit Jackson & Perkins set up at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Entitled “A Parade of Modern Roses,” the display was a huge success, and visitors from all over the nation purchased roses but didn’t want to carry them home. They asked the company to mail the roses instead, and told their friends back home of the convenience offered in receiving roses by mail. Orders began to pour in from all over the nation and Jackson & Perkins began shipping by mail. A new channel of plant commerce was born.
What had been a nursery serving New York area gardeners became a mail-order concern serving gardeners across the nation. Over the next several years, this part of the business grew so much that the company published its first catalog. Little Newark, N.Y. soon began to call itself the Rose Capital of America, and hundreds and thousands came each spring and summer to see the famous Jackson & Perkins roses.
Jackson & Perkins Today
By the mid-1960s, the company had outgrown its Newark facility, and various operations were relocated. After a brief period of time in Pleasanton, Calif., the growing operation found a home in California’s San Joaquin Valley, north of Bakersfield. Relocation followed the 1966 acquisition of the company by Harry and David®, the nation’s leading fruit gift company. Roses instantly took to the deep Hesperia loam soil, abundant water supply and the 260-day growing season of Wasco. Under these ideal conditions, Jackson & Perkins cultivates more than 5,000 acres of rose fields. Each year horticulturists bud, grow and harvest more than 10 million plants.
Today, Jackson & Perkins is a full-service nursery offering all kinds of flowers, trees, shrubs, ground coverings, bulbs, decorative garden gifts, tools, garden accessories, plant care products and, of course roses. Over 2 million roses and other plants are shipped to customers every year.
Learn More About Jackson & Perkins Roses
By Stan V. Griep
American Rose Society Consulting Master Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District
As a boy growing up on the farm and helping my mother and grandmother tend to their rose bushes, I fondly remember the arrival of the Jackson & Perkins rose bush catalogs. The postman would always tell my mother when the Jackson & Perkins catalog was in that day’s mail with a big smile. You see, back then the Jackson & Perkins roses catalogs were scented with a wonderful rose fragrance.
I came to love the smell of those catalogs over the years, nearly as much as the smiles I saw them bring to my mother and grandmother’s faces. Page after page of pictures of beautiful “bloom smiles” were featured in those catalogs. Bloom smiles is something I have come to call the blooms on all flowering plants, as I see their blooms as their smiles, gifts to us to help us through each moment of each day.
History of Jackson & Perkins Roses
Jackson & Perkins was founded in 1872, by Charles Perkins, with the financial backing of his father-in-law, A.E. Jackson. At the time his small business was wholesaling strawberries and grape plants from a farm in Newark, N.Y. He also sold his plants to those local folks whom stopped by his farm. Every Jackson & Perkins plant sold was guaranteed to grow.
Jackson & Perkins began the selling of rose bushes before the turn of the century. However, it was many years before rose bushes became the company’s main item sold. In 1896 the company hired Mr. E. Alvin Miller, who had an interest in roses and tried hybridizing them. Mr. Miller’s climbing rose bush named Dorothy Perkins was marketed and became one of the most widely planted rose bushes in the world.
Jackson & Perkins roses became a strong and sought after name when shopping for rose bushes. The name always seemed to be attached to a rose bush that any rose lover could count on to do exceptionally well in their very own rose beds.
The Jackson & Perkins Company of today is, of course, not the same company it was then and the ownership has changed hands a few times. The rose catalogs have long ago ceased being rose scented but are still filled with beautiful pictures of their rose bushes bloom smiles. Dr. Keith Zary heads up the hybridizing and research staff that still work very hard at developing many beautiful rose bushes for our rose beds.
A List of Jackson & Perkins Roses
Some of the Jackson & Perkins rose bushes available for our rose beds and rose gardens today include:
- Enchanted Evening Rose – Floribunda
- Fabulous! Rose – Floribunda
- Gemini Rose – Hybrid Tea
- Lady Bird Rose – Hybrid Tea
- Moondance Rose – Floribunda
- Pope John Paul II Rose – Hybrid Tea
- Rio Samba Rose – Hybrid Tea
- Stairway To Heaven Rose – Climber
- Sundance Rose – Hybrid Tea
- Sweetness Rose – Grandiflora
- Tuscan Sun Rose – Floribunda
- Veterans’ Honor Rose – Hybrid Tea
Jackson Perkins Roses
History of Jackson Perkins Roses:
While Jackson Perkins Roses was started in 1872 by Charles Perkins and A.E. Jackson, originally to sell strawberry and grape plants, the company didn’t really come into its own until several decades later. Just before the turn of the 20th century, they hired a man named Alvin Miller who began working on hybridizing roses as a side project with the company. As it turned out he was quite good and one of his early varieties, the rose Dorothy Perkins, became one of the most popular roses in the world.
After the success of the first roses, Jackson & Perkins began shifting their business model to make roses their primary business and the rest his history. Today Jackson & Perkins is a leading producer of roses and you will find their plants in gardens around the world. Their company currently operates over 5000 acres of land that is dedicated to roses and their full service mail order division will ship plants to just about any location worldwide.
Growing Jackson Perkins Roses:
Growing Jackson & Perkins roses is not all that difficult and if you have done any rose growing in the past, then you likely already have some understanding of what you’re getting into. The most important decision that you will make in the life of your roses is where in your garden you ultimately choose to grow them. Roses require a lot of sun light if you want them to perform well so do your best to try and provide them with a location that gets no less than 6 to 8 hours each day of direct sun light.
You also will want to grow your Jackson Perkins roses in soil that drains very well. For many rose growers this might seem like a common sense thing to say, but you might be surprised to discover how many growers overlook this critical requirement. If you are unsure about the quality of your garden soil you can either mix your own, typically with 1 part of a good organic compost for every 2 parts of soil, or you can buy pre-mixed soil from your local garden center. These days there are wide range of commercial soil mixes available, many of which work wonderfully for roses. Pick one of these and your roses will thank you for it.
Planting Jackson Perkins Roses:
Getting your roses into the ground is not a hard task and most growers can get this job done easily with just a few basic hand tools. How you go about planting your roses does depend a little on how you purchased them. If you bought your roses from a local nursery, then chances are they were already planted in a container for you and ready to go. These really are the easiest roses to plant. Dig your hole at least twice the diameter of the container, and equally as deep. This will keep the bud union at its original depth while giving you plenty of room around the roots for your soil mix.
If you ordered your Jackson Perkins roses online, then they may have come to you as bareroot plants, which is not uncommon. You should first soak the roots of these overnight in a bucket of room temperature water, prior to planting day. Then dig your hole as wide as the longest roots on the plant, and deep enough to allow you to set the plant on top of a mound of soil, while keeping the bud union no more than an inch or so below the surface of the soil.
Once you have your rose set in place on top of the mound, spread the roots out in all directions and then back fill the hole only halfway to start, using your soil mix. Take your garden hose and water the loose soil heavily until it flows all around the roots like mud, then go ahead and finish filling the hole the rest of the way. Give the soil one last heavy watering and be sure to top off any final settling that may occur but do not tamp down the soil.
Caring for Jackson Perkins Roses:
Taking care of your roses is pretty straight forward and once again, any past experience will certainly come in handy here as well. You will need to make sure that you provide your roses with enough water and nutrients, while being careful not to overdo it. For most climates this usually amounts to one deep watering per week. If you live in a hot or dry climate, you should check on your roses every couple of days to be sure.
You also should consider giving your Jackson Perkins roses a dose of a granular, all-purpose fertilizer in the early spring when the leaves start to open. This will get your roses off to a great start. Many roses are repeat bloomers, which means they will do very well with a couple additional feedings over the course of the growing season. I will usually give my roses their second feeding immediately following the first big bloom, with a third feeding sometime around midsummer to encourage late season blooms.
Pruning Jackson Perkins Roses:
You should prune your roses in the late winter or very early spring, when the weather starts to warm, but before the leaves fully open. This will make the task of pruning so much easier on you and your roses. Start by removing all the dead and discolored wood from the plant, and set your cuttings aside. Next, prune back any overlapping lateral canes from the plant as these will eventually compete with one another for sun light when the leaves are fully open. Lastly, give the remaining canes on the plant a cut back by about one third of their current height to promote new growth.
This is also the best time to clean up around the base of your Jackson Perkins roses and get rid of all the debris that tends to collect there from the previous growing season. Throw all of this material away in the trash along with your cuttings. Finish up your pruning by giving your roses a fresh layer of mulch to start off the growing season. Your Jackson Perkins roses will thank you for it.
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