Modest (2-4 in)
Zone 4 - 11
Height & Width:
4 ft x 4 ft
It's a little difficult to describe the color of the rose, Duc de Guiche. Pictured in The Ultimate Rose Book, Duc de Guiche is a wine-colored crimson; in Botanica's Roses is barely so dark as mauve, though the description suggests a darker color. In the abbreviated version of that book, the flower is pink. There is talk of the rose being purple, but Austin claims that dry weather causes the flowers to pale and get dull. In my own garden it was a dusky rose. As to the form, Barden's photo of the rose depicts the petals running radially through the center of the rose; but Ashdown's depicts petals running circularly around bright yellow stamens. There are those who suggest there might be two or more versions with this name in commerce. Seems likely. In my own garden in NJ it grew three feet tall and produced three or five roses each year in a rich, dark rose color. The fact that it did not die - in and of itself - places the rose in the upper 20% . I always wished it did better, but it never got ill, and I was never tempted to replace it. That probably puts it in the top 5%.
BTW: One of the hazards of buying old garden roses is that you are never completely sure of what you are getting. One supplier's Duc de Fitzjames is anothers Duc de Cambridge. Whether that matters depends a little on whether one is a collector or a gardener. Old roses in relatively high circulation such as Compte de Chambord suffer from the problem little. The more obscure ones such as this one suffer from the problem quite a bit. When buying roses bred before, say, 1865, try to buy from online suppliers that provide good photos of the roses they are selling along with good descriptions.
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