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Lawrence Johnston - Cluster Flower Climber Rose

Lawrence Johnston

Cluster Flower Climber. Bred by Pernet-Ducher in France in 1920.
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Use:
 
Pillar, Arch, Wall
Color:
 
Yellow
Form:
 
Double
Fragrance:
 
Moderate
Remontance:
 
Repeats
Abundance:
 
Profuse
Bloom Size:
 
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
 
Zone 6 - 9
Height & Width:
 
20 ft x 10 ft
Recommendation:
 
Good in Coolish Summer Weather

Comments Lawrence Johnston produces pure yellow flowers on a vigorous climber. It's a cross between the vigorous R. foetida Persian Yellow, and a delightful climbing tea rose Mme Eugene Verdier. It pretty much distills the best of both. In bright and hot weather, its blossoms can fade much as they open. It is usually grown as a climber, but it can also be grown as a large shrub. This rose has beautiful dark green foliage with powerfully complements the deep yellow blossoms. But it does have a weakness for blackspot.

BTW: At least three British rosarians insist that Lawrence Johnston is better than its sibling Le Reve. Texans and the French prefer the latter. Perhaps both are right. It is possible that this rose is better for England's cooler and damper climates; but Le Reve, whose flowers are not quite so strongly colored, excels where the weather is warmer and drier. In Paris' Roseraie de l'Hay Le Reve was twice as tall and bore perhaps four times as many flowers when I was there. But that might be the French response.