I've always had generally poor luck with pinks and oranges. They tend to
rot out for me, and not to grow well. Not true for all of them, but I only
have two true pinks and one orange in the garden now, and I've bought plenty
more (I didn't dig them out either).
The one orange is doing OK, and might be 'Montevidio' or 'Glazed Orange'
(I've planted both). This orange tends to go in a boom and bust cycle,
with strong growth for a few years, then one good bloom season, and crashes
to near extinction. Then it recovers again from a few last small
The best pink is an old one with old fashioned form, and while I've had it
only a few years, it is great. This is 'One Desire'. The other pink
is a ruffly BB with an orange beard, and I don't have a clue the name of it;
however, it is a strong grower and blooms like crazy every year (early).
One of these days I'll post a photo of it, and maybe somebody will recognize
Another one bloomed this year, received as 'One Desire' but not, and it may
be a strong one too. It looks a lot like pictures of 'Cherie' or 'Hit
Parade' to me, but I don't know what it really is. It is pale and washed
out looking next to 'One Desire', but it might be nice if moved to it's own spot
away from such stiff competition.
Admittedly, there are probably many strong good ones out there that I