- Class: Hybrid Tea
- Growth Habit: tall and upright
- Color: true red
- Disease Resistance: 48 (out of 60)
- Flowering: 20 (out of 30)
- Fragrance: 1 (out of 10)
- Total Rating: 69 (out of 100)
Since February is the month for lovers... I am highlighting this rose for this month:
One would think that the classic red rose would be just that -- strong and symbolic, with a high-centered flower, wonderful fragrance, and long stems for cutting. Visitors often come into my garden looking for the classic red Hybrid Tea 'Mr. Lincoln', which they expect to have all these features. But much to their disappointment, I removed 'Mr. Lincoln' from the garden long ago due to its disease susceptibility.
I have included 'Grande Amore' here despite the fact that it doesn't have the strongest disease rating because it is one of the best red roses available, and a good alternative to 'Mr. Lincoln'. I've been growing this rose in the high-disease-pressure regions of the East Coast and have seen some black spot, but growers on the West Coast sing its praises. 'Grande Amore' is one of the few Hybrid Tea roses to have been award the prestigious ADR Rose Award in 2005, and gold medals at many other trials including Portland Rose Trials in 2010 so it is certainly performing well in many different regions.
Introduced in 2004 by Kordes (KORcoluma).