- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Voted Rose of the year 2017, this climbing rose has a powerful perfume (it won another award for its fragrance at the Paris International Rose Trials). It is also the recipient of a Certificate of Merit in the Royal National Rose Society Trials, so although young, this is already quite an accomplished achiever. A repeat-bloomer, it starts to flower in early summer, producing elegantly pointed buds that open up to lush apricot-orange blooms - and it's usually still in flower in early autumn. It has been bred in Britain by rose hybridiser Chris Warner, who is renowned for his climbing and rambling roses. He has hailed it as being extremely disease-resistant, saying that 'you will never have to spray it' (against fungal diseases). Therefore, not only does it look good, it smells delicious, and will not require a lot of fuss and bother.
All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
- Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease).
Gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well.
Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.
While wearing tough gloves, prune in late winter or early spring, removing any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems completely. The younger stems tend to produce the best flowers, so if the plant is becoming congested, cut one or two of the older stems right back to their base, which will also help open up the centre of the plant. Then cut back the most vigorous stems to within 25-30cm from the base, and the thinner stems back a little harder.