A fantastic garden or container rose with big clusters of lilac flowers. A strapping, long lived bush with strong disease resistance it grows 70-90cm x 50-70cm.
This vigorous rose took out bronze at the 2019 Australian Rose Trial Garden Awards. It is dedicated to the Southern Right Whale and $2 from each sales goes to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to assist with research into the magnificent animals.
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. On a wall or fence you will need to train climbing roses with loose twine. The main canes should go horizontally while still soft and pliable. The side shoots will flower strongly and can then be easily pruned as required. On an archway, or pergola, or pillars, plant one rose either side (ensuring the arbour is wide and tall enough to pass through) spiral the stems around the posts, prune as required, with the big prune after flowering. You can use weights tied, or pegged to stems to help train them.
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.
Spring to autumn
Cool to Sub-Tropical