As heady and fragrant as all Damask roses, the origins of ‘Ispahan’ are obscure and how the variety travelled to Europe is a little contentious. An English gardener named Norah Lindsay claimed to have found this cultivar in Persia, or it was introduced from the Middle east to Europe during the 13th century crusades. This hardy rose flowers once a season with full bright pink flowers and a powerful sweet scent. Damask rose petals are distilled and used for rose oils, rose water and perfumes. Clusters produced by this exceptional rose can carry up to 15 flowers per stem. DAMASK, C.1832.
Plant in an open, sunny position, 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 to maintain density and shape.