'Purple 'n' Gold' rose Description
Photo courtesy of Mander, George
Purple and red. Mild fragrance. 25 to 35 petals. Average diameter 3". Medium, in small clusters, classic hybrid tea, exhibition, high-centered bloom form. Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.
Medium, bushy. Medium, semi-glossy, dark green foliage.
Height of 2' to 30" (60 to 75 cm).
USDA zone 2b through 8b. Can be used for beds and borders, container rose, cut flower, exhibition, garden, hedge or rock garden. Very hardy. Remove spent blooms to encourage re-bloom. Spring Pruning: Remove old canes and dead or diseased wood and cut back canes that cross. In warmer climates, cut back the remaining canes by about one-third. In colder areas, you'll probably find you'll have to prune a little more than that.
It took12 years of trial & error, trying to get a "PURPLE/GOLD" colour seedling. The Purple-red colour varies in different weather conditions.
This seedling survived minus 12 to 14 degr C (about 10 F) for several nights unprotected in a 2 gallon pot. Many other varieties in 2 gall pots did not survive.
More photos & information about this rose at a later date, as I budded several new plants and also made some own root cuttings which will bloom in 2005.
Note added in fall 2007 :
The first bloom, as you see in the photos, had a nice golden reverse, but in the last two years "ALL" budded and own-root plants tested, only gave me a cream reverse. It was disappointing alright, but now I will use this variety as seed and pollen parent. As always, if nature does not cooperate it's 99 percent luck and 1 percent planning.
More information to follow in the near future.