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Rosa ‘Veilchenblau’

June 15, 2011
Rosa Veilchenblau

Rosa Veilchenblau on lime wash

One of my favourite rambling roses is growing over the railings at the side of steps in a neighbour’s garden. From there it cascades over the lime washed facade of the house and mingles with a summer jasmine.  The large clusters of petals of R. ‘Veilchenblau’ are violet-purple and when fully open the scent is of apples. It is best planted in partial shade because the petals tend to fade in full sun. And although it does not repeat flower, it is virtually thornless and I would always want it for the scent alone.

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  1. June 17, 2011 8:23 am

    I planted a couple last year – one on an east-facing wall and against a west-facing mesh fence. Both seem to be very happy in their locations. On the west-facing side the rose is growing up through a wall of training purple hazel fronted by white borage. The combination is gorgeous.

    • July 5, 2011 12:48 pm

      I like the image of purple hazel with this rose. And thinking about it my purple-leaved vine mixes well with R. Veilchenblau against a stone wall here. It was pure chance since I took cuttings of the rose one July and stuck them straight in the soil at the back of the border. Rather miraculously two of them took and now mingle with the vine and cover the wall.

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