Cutting Bed, Border
Modest (2-4 in)
Zone 5 - 9
Height & Width:
3 ft x 2 ft
This rose is a grandchild of La Reine, the first rose in the Hybrid Perpetual class. It shares a number of similarities with that rose including cupped flower shape, color, delicious fragrance, and a pretty good ARS rating. Mrs John Laing has a bit of a brighter, silvery-lilac coloration to it, and about half as many petals. It grows to waist height and bears its flowers face-up. So it is best viewed from above. One will wish to get close to get a good whiff of the delicious fragrance. It is reputed to be remontant, but in zone 6 one might more reasonably expect a big flush of flowers in spring and one or two flowers later on. The rose is reasonably vigorous and resistant to disease, but it is certainly not immune to blackspot and will need protection in sultry summer climates.
BTW: Once one has grown Mrs. John Laing, it is difficult to get used to the idea of gardening without this rose. Sure, the plant itself is kind of a sorry excuse for a shrub, and it falls prey to fungal disease far too easily; but the flowers are a lovely shape and they smell heavenly.
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