Released at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2017, it was rated the favourite rose by visitor vote – with such an impressive selection on show that is an impressive feat.
Rose ‘Dark Desire’ is a beautiful rose from famed German breeders Kordes & Sons, it is part of their fabulous Parfuma range. The violet red blooms unfurl from dark, almost black buds. Each flower is lustrous and full with up to 60 petals, and averaging 10cm across.
The fragrance of Rose ‘Dark Desire’ is an impressive 5/5 on our fragrance scale. The breeders had a perfumer analyse the fragrance and they picked up strong notes of rose (both classic and geranium), lemon, elder flower, myrrh and peach as well as earthy tones.
Rose ‘Dark Desire’ is a Hybrid Tea Rose with glossy, dark green foliage. It grows up to 135cm tall and 120cm wide. It is black spot and mildew resistant too. It holds the prestigious ADR award.
Rose bushes are upright, elegant shrubs that are adorned twice a year with spectacular, showy blooms.
The basics of rose care are simply ...
1. Keep the plants moist at all times, but never allow the roots to sit in water.
2. Feed generously, and frequently, two or three times over the flowering season.
3. Keep pests to a minimum (this is usually not a problem if you start with a strong variety, and keep it well watered and well fed).
4. Prune back once a year.
5. Keep the area around the roots weed free, and ensure 4-6 hours of sun per day. Loamy soils are ideal, though Roses will grow in heavy top soils (if well drained) and sandy soils (if kept watered and fed more frequently). For Roses to thrive, good drainage is critical.