A Favorite Easy Care (Really!) Rose

Zepherine Drouhin.  photo: Erin Silversmith

Here’s HerbDoc with a new/old garden favorite:

Here is a rose I highly recommend to anyone who wants a sustainable climber.  Its name is Zepherine Drouhin and it’s an antique rose introduced in 1868.  There are three in my yard at the present time; two border an arbor and the third scales a second story deck.
Zephirine is a gorgeous, high centered rose with cerise flowers.  It has a wonderful, heady Bourbon fragrance which perfumes my yard from early spring well into the fall.  Other positives include thornless canes and masses of healthy green foliage which don’t seem to be bothered by the usual rose diseases.  It will grow and bloom in full sun or a semi-shaded environment.
My only warning is to be sure that you grow this beauty on strong, suitable supports!  With thick canes up to twelve feet in length, it can easily pull down a large metal trellis.  Aim for sturdy arbors and deck uprights and rails to keep it erect!


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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4 Responses to A Favorite Easy Care (Really!) Rose

  1. cj wright says:

    That’s a gorgeous climber! Thanks for passing on the word, HerbDoc. Think it would grow is real shade?


  2. herbdoc says:

    All three of mine get only an occasional spattering of sunlight and they do very well! I’d definitely try it, CJ. I think you’ll be amazed at how quickly it takes off and the flowers are spectacular!


  3. Gardenpest says:

    wow, this part shade gardener thanks you.


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