About Face™ Grandiflora Rose

A 2005 All-America Rose Selection winner!
Item # 45063
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This "backwards bicolor" sports orange-gold and bronzy-red tones!

Plant Patent #17,305. Cultivar Name: 'WEKosupalz' This charming "backwards bicolor" Grandiflora sports masses of warm-toned blooms boasting 26-30 petals, a subtle fragrance of fresh apple, and long-stemmed elegance you will love in the vase as well as the garden. Winner of a 2005 All-America Rose Selection, About Face™ is one of the most exciting varieties to come along in quite a while!

The exterior of the petals are bronzy-red, so when the 2 1/2- to 4-inch flowers are in bud, they have a dark, rich glow. As they start to open, however, you can glimpse the bright orange-gold within. Very showy on a fully-blooming shrub, with both buds and open blooms at once!

Marvelously vigorous, this 5- to 6-foot-tall shrub sets an amazing number of blooms over a long summer season. And these flowers are so lovely, with a petal-packed, fully double form and old-fashioned look!

About Face™ was bred from O Sole Mio and a seedling plus Midas Touch crossed with Hot Cocoa, so you can see the range of colors and forms involved in its creation. It is the work of Rosarian Tom Carruth, the breeder of many recent AARS winners, so you can expect it to be very garden-worthy and easy to care for.

Give About Face™ a place of honor in your Rose garden today, and enjoy bouquets of bright blooms for many seasons to come! Zones 7-9.

Genus Rosa
Variety About Face™
ppaf PP#17,305
ItemForm Bareroot
Zone 7 - 9
BloomStartToEnd Early Summer - Early Fall
Habit Upright
PlantHeight 5 ft - 6 ft
PlantWidth 24 in - 3 ft
BloomSize 2.5 in - 4 in
StemLength 10 in - 14 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer
BloomColor Gold, Orange, Red
BudShape Fat, Pointed
FoliageColor Dark Green
LightRequirements Full Sun
Resistance Black Spot, Disease Resistant, Powdery Mildew
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Ornamental, Outdoor
Restrictions Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
  Average Based on 3 Review(s)
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Amazing Ros??
Sam from TX wrote (March 24, 2013):
This Rose is one of my favorite roses ever. I purchased this rose in 2005 without knowing anything about it. It is a very vigorous grower, very hardy and blooms like a maniac. It has survived the worst drought in Texas in over 50 years and still bloomed. It does have some vicious thorns. It has grown up to 5'x5' with abuse. I am ordering another now that I found my original receipt giving me the name of it again. You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and loving this plant will be. Don't pass it up.
Wonderful Addition to My Garden
Nancy E from CA wrote (March 24, 2013):
This rose is very interesting. Its petals are more round than pointy, and the color is fascinating. It holds up well in intense summer heat. I only wish I had room in my peach/coral garden, as I would plant a second one. As it is, I am limited to one due to small plot size. Too bad!
Only their roses in my garden
from KS wrote (March 14, 2013):
I have exclusively their roses in my garden. They are joy for both myself and others. My only request is for a bigger variety.

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Anyone can grow roses - all that's needed is a spot with 6 hours of sun a day. Roses are even well suited to container growing, so you don't have the excuse of no garden space!

Here's all there is to it!


- When your roses arrive, open the box immediately and soak roots in lukewarm water for 12 to 24 hours. If you can't plant them right away, you may leave them in their boxes for up to a week in a cool, dark place. Sprinkle roots with water every few days. (Please note: You can also grow roses in containers that are at least as big as a bucket.)


- Dig a hole about 18" deep and 24" wide. Make sure it's large enough to give the roots plenty of room to develop after planting. Loosen the soil at the bottom and sides. Build a mound in the center of the hole and set rose on top. For vigorous growth, abundant blooms and lush foliage, try adding Dynamite™ Select Rose Fertilizer to the soil. It promotes more efficient transport of water and nutrients throughout your new rose plant.


- Fill the hole with two thirds of the remaining soil. Add water, let it soak in, then finish filling the hole. Tamp down lightly to remove air pockets and water well. Spread mulch around the plant to suppress weeds and retain moisture. Water 3-4 times a week until leaves begin to grow, weekly thereafter.

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What to Expect
If this is the first time your are planting a bare root rose, you may be surprised by their brown roots and dormant stem. However, bare root roses provide the easiest and fastest way of planting roses without the concern of transplant shock.

Bare root roses may appear to be dead upon arrival, but the plants actually have the advantage of being able to focus their energies on strong root development rather than having to support an extensive and stressful growth of leaves right after planting.

Bare root roses are the best option for early-season planting. In fact, late winter is the best time to plant. Our bare root roses are fully established plants that meet the highest industry standards. They arrive dormant, which makes them ideal for planting. The roots get to acclimate to native soil, as opposed to the packaged soil. Of course, since they are not in soil when you get them, there's no mess to contend with.

You can plant your bare root roses earlier in the growing season, since there are no leaves to get nipped back by frost. They can typically be planted as early as six weeks before your area's last frost date in the spring and no later than two weeks after that average date. Since they don't have to provide water to leaves or flowers, they usually establish faster than those that arrive in containers.

Due to the nature of plants and the fact that some are younger than others, there will be some variance in the size of our bareroot roses. However, they have all gone through the same quality inspections in order to make sure they meet the high standards we expect from all of our roses.

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Each Jackson and Perkins rose is individually inspected and graded to meet our standards for shape, viability, fragrance, and disease resistance.
Jackson and Perkins Exclusive Preservation Process
Our roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth utilizing a state-of-the-art wet cooler. By providing a uniform storage temperature just above freezing and employing a fog system to provide a consistent humidity of 100%, we are able to ensure that each of our roses remains fully hydrated and does not come out of its dormancy before leaving our facility. Bare root roses ordered elsewhere often arrive dry and shriveled. Through our exclusive preservation process, Jackson and Perkins is able to provide a fully hydrated premium bare root rose. Prior to entering the shipping container, we carefully wrap the root system to preserve the moisture and to provide a top-quality rose that is in optimal planting condition.

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Our Superior Bare Root Rose Growing Process
Our roses are hand budded by professional rose budders to ensure you receive a true-to-variety quality rose. This takes a special skill. These professional hand budders make sure the bud union lives and the rose plant becomes the premium Jackson and Perkins rose variety desired.

At the end of the rose growth cycle, when the rose plant has hardened off and is ready to be harvested, the roses are hand selected according to our top-quality Jackson and Perkins rose standards.