Rose 'Black Boy'
Raised by Australia’s own pre-eminent rose breeder Alister Clark, ‘Black Boy’ is still the most popular crimson climber. Outer petals are a deeper shade than within, and they darken with age to develop subtle purple-black markings. The first semi-double flowers are early, appearing mid-spring, and are followed by a second flush during summer. The long stems of the ‘Black Boy’ rose will have clusters of flowers ranging from three to five blooms. A vigorous climber for pillars, fences and arbours, ‘Black Boy’ will infuse your garden with its fresh apple scent. AUSTRALIAN HEIRLOOM, 1919.
Plant in an open, sunny position (at least 5-6 hours of direct sunlight each day), in free-draining, neutral soil that is rich in organic matter. Water deeply to encourage strong roots when establishing and provide supplementary watering during dry periods. Roses are heavy feeders and will benefit from organic fertiliser, twice-yearly in heavy soils (spring and late summer) or four times in sandy soil. Deadhead regularly for repeat flowering. Prune in late-winter for size and shape, leaving new long canes to produce next season's flowers. Tie or fan canes into position.