Rose 'Pierre De Ronsard'
Huge pink and white blooms can have more than 60 petals in a single flower, and a single plant can bear dozens of flowers at any one time, making the air rich with a delicate tea-rose fragrance. Blooms ‘nod’ downward due to their weight, adding to its appeal as a climber or trellis-trained rose. The great 16th century French poet, Pierre de Ronsard, was the inspiration for this cultivar and it was bred for hot Mediterranean climates. Winner of the world’s most popular rose in 2006, it has all the charm and romance of old-fashioned roses, but it repeats, is disease-resistant and has a neat semi-climbing habit. SHRUB ROSE, C.1987.
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 in late-winter for size and shape, leaving new long canes to produce next season's flowers. Tie or fan canes into position.