Rose ‘Zéphirine Drouhin’
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.