Medium - about 3
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
3 ft x 2 ft
Austin cites this as being one of his favorites: it's a rose with many strengths and few weaknesses. The flowers are three inches across and muddled. In favorable conditions the roses may have some rich pink and apricot color toward their centers and the bases of their petals. Otherwise, they are pale pink. The plant is roughly waist high and nicely branched. And the foliage is resistant to disease. The fragrance is good but not so memorable as that of a handful of other English Roses. The petals are thin, and one might legitimately worry that they would dry quickly in desert climates. (Not that it matters much, it's the only David Austin I've lost to dryness in the mountains of Arizona.) It does repeat, but only in a technical sense. There is a modest flush of flowers in the spring. And, perhaps, a few more in the fall. It is a very good rose to grow in places blessed with adequate moisture and summers that are not too punishingly hot. It does well enough on poor soil.
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