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'Elegant Design', bred by Ralph Moore, California, 1994. Breeding: 'Little Darling' X 'Crested Jewel'.

'Elegant Design''Elegant Design' is the first of a series of roses Ralph Moore is breeding with crested sepals, a feature inherited from R. centifolia cristata. Although you can't see the sepals in this photo, they do show some of the frilly cresting inheritaed from the pollen parent, 'Crested Jewel'. This is the first commercial release of Ralph's Crested Hybrids, and there are several more spectacular roses from this series yet to come.

'Elegant Design' is a typical Floribunda in habit, forming a 2.5 X 2.5 foot shrub in most circumstances, depending on culture and climate. It makes an excellent patio pot rose as well. It blooms continuously with its 3.5 inch peachy pink blooms of classic HT form. Blooms are produced singly and in cluster of 5 or more. Unfortunately there is only a slight fragrance. In every other way this is a fine rose with excellent rebloom and the finest of form. I understand it makes a great cut flower as well.

'Elegant Design' is also listed as one of the Crested Hybrids:

Chelsea Un-named seedling #1
Crested Jewel Un-named seedling #2
Crested Sweetheart Un-named seedling #3
Elegant Design Un-named climbing seedling
"Redcrest" One of my own crested seedlings

ARS merit rating: none assigned
Personal merit rating: 8.0
Hardiness: Likely USDA zones 6 to 9, zone 5 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 2 to 3 feet tall, by 3 feet wide, depending on climate.

Fragrance: 1.5 little fragrance.

Bonica '82 News
Brown Velvet October Moon
Cardinal Hume Oshun
Crested Jewel Out of Yesteryear
Dragon's Blood Playtime
Dusky Maiden Precious Dream
Elegant Design Purple Buttons
Hettie Queen Elizabeth
Jocelyn Rainforest
Joyce Barden "Redgold"
Julia's Rose Red Trail
Lady Angela Schoener's Nutkana
Lavender Pinocchio Sharon's Delight
"Laver-Thomas" Star of the Nile
Lilac Charm Tantarra
Linda Campbell The Dahlia Rose
Louise Clements Un-named seedling from Abraham Darby
Lyda Rose Vesper
Mariposa Gem Victoriana
Midnight Blue Vineyard Song
Muriel Humenick Wedding Cake

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