While I've been enamored with all the new plant offerings coming to my house via garden catalogs, there are a few that fall into the category I call, "Been There, Done That." It consists of those "new" things that don't look much different to me than what's already out there.
Let's look at roses, for example. I know there's more to a rose than meets the eye (flowering habit, hardiness rating, disease resistance, etc.) and undoubtedly I'll have the rose afficionados pointing out why each of these is so much different from the other, but with some things I just shake my head in puzzlement.
This year, Jackson & Perkins is introducing 'Enchanted Evening' floribunda to their rose lineup.
Isn't it hard to get excited about this "new" rose when we've already got these to choose from?
'Fragrant Lavender Simplicity®'
None of them.
They all pale in comparison to the one I lust after:
Photo credits: 'Enchanted Evening' - Jackson & Perkins; 'Angel Face' - Wayside Gardens; 'Neptune™' - Weeks Roses; 'Barbra Streisand' - Weeks Roses; 'Fragrant Lavender Simplicity' - Dutch Gardens; 'Ebb Tide™' - Weeks Roses; 'Burgundy Iceberg™' - Weeks Roses; 'Rhapsody In Blue' - Weeks Roses; 'Midnight Blue™' - Weeks Roses.