Super Dorothy

Low Roses | Bushes | Shrubs | Climbers
Photo of Rose Sublest Dorothy Perkins was a novel rose that launched a revolution in rose growing a century ago. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world erected pergolas just so Dorothy could climb it. Dorothy was propagated far and wide well beyond the scope of her relative merit. Then she fell to fungal disease. The roses came down. Then the pergolas. A whole way of rose gardening fell into disrepute. The reason? Dorothy was the wrong rose.

Super Dorothy is a remontant rose that captures the best of the spirit of Dorothy Perkins, but reputedly sidesteps her serious fungal problems. The jury is still out, but there is at least one rose lover who hopes for a return of rose-clad pergolas.

Hetzel, Germany 1986
Zone 5-9
Wichuriana Climber
Digital Camera: Fuji Finepix 2800
Rose: San Jose Rose Garden, Jun 2003
Image and Text: Copyright S.R. Brubaker 2003. All rights reserved.