And what better way to celebrate than with a Memorial Day Rose? This orchid pink hybrid tea was an All-America Rose Selections winner in 2004. One bloom is said to be enough to fill an entire room with its strong damask scent. It's a medium-tall, upright shrub, about five feet tall and four feet wide. Long stems, low thorns, and clear green leaves make it a good candidate for the cutting garden. The blooms are about five inches in diameter, with a petal count of 50-plus.
In addition, it's said to have very good disease resistance and it's also quite heat-tolerant.
This rose was developed by Tom Carruth, then of Weeks Roses of Upland, CA. Memorial Day is a cross between Blueberry Hill and New Zealand, and it was Carruth's fifth AARS winner.
You should be able to buy the rose at most garden centers or from mail-order sources. If not, you can check Weeks website by clicking on the link above to find a nursery that carries it.
(photo: Gene Sasse (c) 2007 courtesy Weeks Roses)