Rosa ‘Aloha’

I was predisposed to like ‘Aloha’ before I ever met it, for one of its parents is my old friend, that fantastic climber, The New Dawn’. But ‘Aloha’, bred in 1949, is a much smaller climber, growing to about 8 feet (2.4 m), and is the perfect rose for a pillar or fence or for the wall of a cottage. It is as nearly perpetual as a rose can be, starting to produce its large, double, deep pink, scented flowers in early summer, and continuing to bloom into autumn. The stems are strong so that the clusters cut well for the house, and the leaves are glossy and resistant to mildew. ‘Aloha’ is often grown as a shrub rose. But is large and needs much space. On a wall or fence it makes a good backdrop for one or two bushes of dark green rosemary o~, alternatively, for grey-leaved plants like artemisia, santolina or lavender. It is one of the roses which will take light shade, and I have seen it growing strongly in London gardens.

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