Sunshine Daydream rose, a lovely grandiflora, is a 2012 All-America Rose Selections winner. It has a full, rounded growth habit that makes it attractive as a single specimen or for group planting.
Blooming continuously from late spring until autumn frost, it displays loads of cupped, light yellow flowers that mature to a rich cream color. The rose has glossy, dark green foliage that resists diseases, including black spot. Like most roses, it grows best in moist, well-drained fertile soil. With its vigorous growth and prolific bloom, Sunshine Daydream makes a charming addition to any garden.
Common name: Sunshine Daydream rose
Botanical name: Rosa ‘Meikanaro’
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Zones: 5 to 9
Height: 5 to 5 ½ feet
• Sun: Full sun
• Soil: Fertile, friable soil is ideal.
• Moisture: Moist but well-drained
• Mulch: Apply about 2 inches of organic mulch, like shredded leaves or wood chips.
• Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage bloom; prune lightly in early spring for shape and size.
• Fertilizer: Apply finished compost or soluble fertilizer in spring and summer.
Pests and diseases
• Has good disease resistance
• Pick off Japanese beetles; aphids can be deterred by regularly blasting them off with water.
• Combine Sunshine Daydream rose’s soft yellow flowers with blue- or lavender-flowered perennials or annuals.
• Its full shape makes it easy to use this rose as a landscape shrub with other flowering or foliage shrubs.
All in the family
• Sunshine Daydream rose is a member of the rose family (Rosaceae), a large family of woody and herbaceous plants.
• Other ornamental shrubs in the rose family include ninebark (Physocarpus spp.), potentilla (Potentilla spp.), and spirea (Spiraea spp.)
• Many fruit trees are members of this family, including cherries, apples, peaches, and plums.
Where to buy
• Chamblee's Rose Nursery, chambleeroses.com
• Heirloom Roses, heirloomroses.com
• Nature Hills Nursery, naturehills.com
• Regan Nursery, regannursery.com
• Romence Gardens & Greenhouses, romencegardens.com
Photos courtesy of Star Roses and Plants / Conard-Pyle.