Don Juan

Low Roses | Bushes | Shrubs | Climbers
Photo of Rose Albertine at Roseraie de l'Hay "At its best it is knock-your-socks-off-stunning. But it's never at its best." It applies to every hybrid tea to enter my garden and many I've seen elsewhere. It applies double to Don Juan.

For three hours in the last seven years Don Juan looked as you see it in the photo, left. The rest of a time it's mostly been dying from black spot or frost or heat or drought or poor soil or being looked at crosseyed.

It's supposedly a climber, but in my garden- - where it is hardly ever severely pruned - it rarely reaches six feet, four being typical. Blackspot strikes in early July, keeps it defoliaged until frost. Then in April frost kills the first flush of leaves.

Advice: don't grow it unless you enjoy falling in love and being jilted. ARS 8.2.

Melandrone, USA 1958
Dans de Feu | Dortmund | Dublin Bay
Zone 7-10
Cadenza | Paul's Scarlet Climber
Hybrid Tea
Scanner Image: Linotype Jade II
Rose: SRB Garden in NJ, May 2000
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2000, 2003. All rights reserved.