Unique in more ways than one, the flowers open with a hint of red against purple before aging through lavender and violet, then finishing a charming dusky-pink. One of the best known and widely grown old-world ramblers with a sweet fruity fragrance. Flowers are held in clusters that last for weeks, creating a spectacular effect in the garden when all these hues are displayed together. ‘Veilchenblau’ can also be used to screen unsightly views or neighbours and to provide shelter from the hot summer sun. MULTIFLORA RAMBLER, 1909.
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.