Walking on Sunshine Floribunda Rose

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All-America Rose Selection (AARS) 2011 | Portland's Best Rose 2017

This Jackson & Perkins original, an All-American Rose Selection (AARS) in 2011, will have you whistling an upbeat tune as you stroll through your floral display. With its brilliant yellow flowers and sweet anise fragrance, Walking on Sunshine will keep you on top of a wave of joyfulness.

The brilliant yellow blooms, growing as large as 3 inches with soft apricot-mango petals that darken as they develop, provide a lovely contrast to the dark-green foliage throughout the season.

The various tones of the flowers create a dazzling blend of color, from light yellow to a glowing pastel that radiates warmth and sunshine. The low-maintenance, high-efficiency floribunda (No pruning!) begins vigorous blooming in clusters its first year, producing beautiful flowers on every branch throughout the season. Resistant to rust and mildew, Walking on Sunshine is a reliable dash of energy with a long growing season.

Recommended by rosarians for several areas throughout the country, including hot, humid climates, Walking on Sunshine excels as borders or in beds. The vigorous shrub grows up to 4 feet high and 3 feet wide and bushier with more branches throughout the season.

Though pruning is not necessary, prompt deadheading and late winter pruning help the shrub to grow bushier with fuller branches. The healthy foliage seems to infuse life into surrounding plants and flowers. Walking on Sunshine is an ideal first rose for beginners.


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Genus Rosa
Species hybrida
Variety 'JACmcady'
Zone 5 - 10
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Fall
Habit Upright
Plant Height 4 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Bloom Size 3 in
Petal Count 30
Additional Characteristics Award Winner, Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Free Bloomer, Pruning Recommended, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Yellow
Bud Shape Ovoid, Pointed
Foliage Color Glossy, Medium Green
Fragrance Anise, Moderate, Sweet
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Landscapes
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Idaho

Product Review Summary

Based on 7 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

June 20, 2020

EXCEPTIONAL yellow rose for Zone 5

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I bought this for my mum's memorial garden and have been thrilled with it for 7 years now. EXCELLENT disease resistance. The richly-saturated, warm yellow blooms really pop against the glossy, clean, medium green foliage. A vigorous grower with beautiful bloom form, Walking on Sunshine would be a great starter rose for any beginner looking for success. To my nose, the fragrance is myrrh with a touch of anise for sweetness. I top dress it with compost in spring and again mid-summer and that's it. Clearly, Mum approves.

Debra from NY
July 28, 2019

Beautiful, healthy, easy care rose.

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This is a beautiful yellow rose. The plant is very healthy. It adds a lot to our backyard Jackson & Perkins roses.

Elaine Forester from OR
July 24, 2019


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Bought this last fall in a two quart pot. It is now blooming profusely with perfectly disease-free foliage. This one is a winner!

Barbara Thompson from WA
July 28, 2018

Walking on Sunshine

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

Lovely rose. Lots of blooms. Disease resistant in hot, humid weather! Love it♡

Claire Keene from VA
June 30, 2017

Heavenly scent

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This beautiful rose is new to my garden this year, and I could not be more pleased. It is so healthy and has grown into a good sized plant in just a few months. But the best thing is the wonderful fragrance that I can smell wherever I am in my yard. My yard is triangular shaped and I wanted a big yellow plant to fill the area at the point. I knew what I wanted and with this rose, I got it.

Susabella from WA

Choosing Your Roses

Bare root roses are the most common form of roses for spring and early season planting, and come in two types: grafted and own root.

Grafted Bare root Roses
Own root Bare root Roses

Grafted roses, sometimes referred to as budded bare root roses, have roots that belong to a different variety of rose than the shoots. While the shoots will grow into the variety of rose you've selected, the root variety has been specially grown and developed for hardiness, improved resistance to common diseases, and improved resistance to certain weather conditions. The roots on any grafted rose you receive are usually already two years old, so they'll establish in your garden more quickly when planted.

Own root roses are grown from rose shoot cuttings and develop their own root system. Unlike grafted roses, both their roots and shoots come from the same variety of plant.

All Jackson & Perkins bare root roses are maintained in a suspended state of growth in our state-of-the-art wet cooler, so they'll be delivered to you with no foliage or blooms. The wet cooler has a uniform storage temperature set just above freezing and uses a fog system to provide consistent humidity of 100%, ensuring the roses remain fully hydrated and don't exit dormancy before leaving our facility. While you might see some variance in size, even within the same variety of bare root rose, all our roses meet the same rigorous standards of quality.

So, not sure which type of bare root rose you should choose? Don't worry, we've got that covered. We've researched which varieties of bare root roses grow better as grafted or own root, and both types can be planted in the early spring months, so just choose the variety of rose you're most interested in and get planting.

Though you might be surprised or intimidated when you receive a box of bare root roses filled with roots and shoots, rest assured, with the proper care, these little bundles will grow into stunning roses.

Container Roses

Container Roses

Container roses are typically available in 2-quart sizes or larger and come with established foliage that may or may not have blooms. While bare root roses should generally be planted in early spring, container roses allow you quite a bit more flexibility in planting time, from spring all the way through fall in many zones. Fall can be a good season to plant container roses because it allows them enough time to establish themselves before cold or freezing temperatures arrive.

Jackson and Perkins One Year Roses

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.

Bareroot Roses

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.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

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.

Gold Standard Stamp of Approval

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.

World's Finest Roses

Jackson and Perkins World's Finest Roses

The Jackson and Perkins Difference

Jackson & Perkins is one of the most recognized names in the gardening industry. In fact, for decades rose lovers have considered Jackson & Perkins synonymous with great roses. How has Jackson & Perkins earned this reputation? Simple, for over 100 years we have brought our customers the world's finest selection of roses.

Jackson & Perkins became a leader in the world of roses by producing dozens of award-winning roses. Jackson & Perkins has won more All-America Rose Selection awards than any other US company. In addition to the AARS awards, Jackson & Perkins has won numerous other awards, including the coveted Golden Rose of The Hague and the Royal National Rose Society’s President’s International trophy, among others.

From seed to market a new garden rose can take 8 to 10 years to develop. Every year, thousands of seedlings are grown but only a handful are selected to move into the trial phase. During this time, potential new roses are grown and evaluated in different climatic regions of the country. Our rosarians are looking for rose bushes that have stronger disease resistance, vigorous growth habits, and clean healthy foliage. When it comes to blooms, they are looking for improved flower form, unique colors, and strong fragrance.

Today Jackson & Perkins offers over 200 varieties of roses that includes a broad selection of exclusive roses, historical favorites, and innovative genetics from hybridizers around the world. We have two seasons each year for roses. In the spring, we offer bare root rose bushes, bare root 36” trees, 24” patio trees, and container grown roses. Our fall season is all bush roses, and they are available in 2QT and 1GL containers.

Whether you are new to roses or are an experienced rosarian, our online store has rose varieties for you. Our website is packed with information. You will find each rose fully described and lots of articles and videos that will help answer all your questions. Our call center staff have decades of experience and are just a phone call away.

Jackson & Perkins is here to help you in every way on your rose-growing journey.  There is no other plant in the garden that comes in more colors, fragrances, shapes, or forms, or performs as many functions than roses do.

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