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Gardenia - Rambler Rose

Gardenia

Rambler. Bred by Horvath in USA (NE) in 1899.
Rose Photo
Use:
 
Arch, Wall, Pergola
Color:
 
White
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Moderate
Remontance:
 
None
Abundance:
 
Plentiful
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 7 - 10
Height & Width:
 
20 ft x 8
Recommendation:
 
Recommended

Comments It is frequently the hope of a hybridyzer that an offspring of disparate roses manages to distil the best qualities of its progenators. This one comes close. It grows tall and lanky as a wichurana rambler, featuring dark green and glossy foliage with purplish new growth. Its flowers are a buttery ivory or primrose, fading to white, as does its tea parent. The blooms are not quite so large or so shapely as those of Perle des Jardins, but they are a nice, modest size, neatly held, and the yellowish stamens just about match the petals. Fragrance is relatively strong, and is said to match that of its namesake. The rose builds up very slowly, taking three to five years to reach climbing stature; but there is a kind of inevitability to its development that one does not find in lesser roses. On its own roots it does well even in dense, poor, dry soil. It blooms but once a year, but the season can be fairly long. It may not be a rose that will grab you and pull you into the garden, but it is one that will make you happy you are there.