Pillar, Arch, Wall, Shru
Small (1-2 in)
Zone 6 - 9
Height & Width:
8 ft x 7 ft
There are just a handful of roses that I find stunningly beautiful in every single photograph they occur; and this is always the first that comes to mind in that group. Each little flower is a perfectly formed pompon held against lovely, disease-resistant dark green foliage. When in bloom, this rose covers itself with these perfect little flowers for about two weeks. It is tolerant of brutal conditions, building up to a healthy shrub even in dry shade to about six feet in each direction. Under ideal conditions, and carefully trained as a climber, it is reputed to reach 20 ft; but Graham Thomas complains that it is, in fact, too short to train as a climber. It certainly earns its keep trained as a 7 ft shrub.
BTW: The name is sometimes rendered Felicite Perpetue, which has the lovely sense of "perpetual kindness," but it's not the name given by the grower. The grower's two daughters were named Felicite and Perpetue.
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