Rose ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’

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Although roses have con­tin­ued to flower strongly into Novem­ber, they should soon be en­ter­ing their dor­mant phase and the best time to plant bare­root rose plants. Among the most cel­e­brated climb­ing roses is ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’, which I have grown for many years in dif­fer­ent gar­dens. It is a per­fect gift for any­one who is keen on roses. It’s an old Bour­bon va­ri­ety first bred in 1868, a thorn­less climb­ing plant that pro­duces a pro­fu­sion of semi-dou­ble, carmine-pink flow­ers through­out the sum­mer. The fra­grance is de­li­cious and strong, mak­ing it a great rose to cut and bring into the house. ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’ is best grown against a sunny wall but it also makes a mag­nif­i­cent free­stand­ing rose, great for grow­ing as an in­for­mal hedge.

It is a greedy feeder and re­sponds well to fer­tiliser, putting on a strong flo­ral display and feed­ing also im­proves its re­sis­tance to black-spot, which it is prone to in wet weather. Just Roses is a nurs­ery based in Co Limerick who have many bare-root va­ri­eties, in­clud­ing ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’, avail­able by mail-or­der over the win­ter.

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