Climbing Old Blush

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A hill country survivor, this China rose can be found rambling over old wells, fences and fallen down sheds. Not really a mounding, climbing rose, this one seems more at home truly climbing up something rather than just mounding over itself. It doesn't take long to establish, fully covering a 10' x 3' x 4'   walk through arbor in two years. (The trick to covering an arbor on BOTH sides quickly is to plant two roses, one on each side and let them meet in the middle on the top to intermingle.)

Depending on the time of year and amount of rainfall, Old Blush blooms can look like singles as seen in this photo or the prettier semi-double form, but never fail to cover the plant from spring to frost. A sport of the shrub Old Blush rose, this is perhaps the most familiar rose that has been cultivated throughout history, known as Old Pink Monthly or Parson's Pink. It is easy to care for, requiring minimum maintenance. Hardy as far North as Zone 7, canes can reach anywhere from 10 to 20 feet in length. Its scent is soft and pleasant, making it a perfect candidate for an archway. Its strong China heritage makes it alkaline tolerant and a good choice for the Texas Hill Country

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