Mme Hardy

Low Roses | Bushes | Shrubs | Climbers
Photo of Rose Gold Badge ARS members rave about it and rate it 9.0. I grow it on miserable, thick clay soil that bakes to brick during the summer. And it repays my pains in kind.

It starts out well, producing apple-green foliage. Then in May the fungal disease hits - about the time it is forming blossoms. By the end of June the plant is defoliaged or one wishes it were.

In six years it has put up four parallel five foot canes two inches apart, each of which manages four flowers per year. The two inch flowers are pretty - or could be if shown against healthy foliage. Every time I go to yank it out I am haunted by that 9.0. "Maybe it needs more time..."

Hardy, France 1832
Sombreuil | Felicity Parmentier
Zone 5-8
Gt Maidens Blush | Seafoam | Mme Plantier
Scanner Image: Linotype Jade II
Rose: SRB Garden in NJ, May 2000
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2003. All rights reserved.