Charles de Gaulle

Low Roses | Bushes | Shrubs | Climbers
Photo of Rose Charles de Gaulle Charles de Gaulle is one of the seven roses that always photograph well. And the rose is no less striking in person. The flowers are large, approaching five inches across. They are packed with thin petals that reflex nicely. Here we see that they look great facing out from the bush and hanging down. In the garden this multiplies the charm considerably. As a lilac colored rose one would expect fragrance: this rose won an award for fragrance in Belfast, 1978.

Unfortunately this is not a rose for damp conditions. It will grow in bits of the southwestern US, Australia, and the Mediterranean. ARS members rate it 6.4 which reinforces the idea that it's probably foolhardy to attempt this rose east of the Rocky Mountains.

Meilland, France 1974
Zone 6-9
Hybrid Tea
Digital Camera: Fuji Finepix 2800
Rose: Vintage Gardens Roses, Jun 2003
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2003. All rights reserved.