Rose 'Souvenir De La Malmaison'
Delicate petals of soft-pink softening to cream are ‘quilled and quartered’ in the centre, much like the David Austin varieties of today. Raised in Beluze, France, this spectacular Bourbon rose was named for the Empress Josephine’s country house, Chateau de Malmaison, a superb cultivar for the Australian climate thriving in the dry summer heat. Flowering is almost continuous and has a strong, sweet and fruity fragrance. Worthy for any garden in beauty alone, the shrub is not as vigorous as other rose varieties, and the shrub will develop fully after an initial year or two of the establishment. BOURBON, C.1843.
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 by a third for size and shape, creating an open vase form and removing any diseased or damaged wood.