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'Escapade ®' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 83-849
most recent 23 MAR 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 23 MAR 15 by goncmg
Happy and eager, short, fat and wide. Glossy foliage. Had it been released 30 or 40 years later it would have made Harkness even more money than it did. Pink Parfait and Baby Faurax, who knew???? A GREAT ROSE. Somewhere in the threads someone said it brought "Iceberg' to mind and YES---because it really is an easy to grow, unclassifiable SHRUB. And many people said "WIDE" and yes. I grew it in the late 70's in Chico, CA and in the early and mid-80's in Columbus, OH----9a or b and 6a---and it was always very WIDE and rather short but very, very full and very healthy. A "slam dunk" for an "English" garden, a "Victorian" garden, any informal garden. Absolutely understand why Harkness admitted this was his favorite creation. Had the man only lived beyond the 1990's and had he only held onto its release for, well, like 40 years............
Discussion id : 53-817
most recent 27 DEC 14 SHOW ALL
Initial post 27 APR 11 by CarolynB
In the few full-bush pictures I see here of Escapade, it looks like the growth habit of the plant is short and wide. Is that a correct impression?
Reply #1 of 5 posted 27 APR 11 by Kim Rupert
That depends upon where it's grown and how it's pruned. The one in my old garden was about four by four feet. My sister's is in the corner of her walled patio and it's about four by two, but she has less room for it to spread and her old dog used to gnaw it. It's totally OK with being pruned. It was the Breeder's favorite (by his own admission) of his creations and I totally agree with him. Kim
Reply #2 of 5 posted 27 APR 11 by CarolynB
Thanks for your reply. So, you're saying it can be pruned to promote a taller and less wide shape? If so, does it take a lot of effort to maintain that? I don't mind doing some light shaping, but I'd prefer not to be constantly trying to force a bush into a different shape than it wants to be.
Reply #3 of 5 posted 28 APR 11 by Landperson
My Escapade has never been taller than 4'. It is very vigorous, constantly blooming, extremely healthy, and tends to grow out rather than up.
I think it can be pruned to be less wide than that (as Kim mentions), but I somehow doubt that it is ever going to be any taller.
Reply #5 of 5 posted 27 DEC 14 by CarolynB
Thank you for your reply. It's helpful to know that.
Reply #4 of 5 posted 27 DEC 14 by Michael Garhart
I live in the Pacific Northwest, and this rose is a lot like Iceberg in mauve-pink and larger clusters -- a huge, everblooming floribunda. I do not even water it anymore.

It is about 4.5'T x 4'W, and the shape fans out from the center. The scent is sweet. The blooms hate high heat, but it doesnt matter, because it reblooms so swiftly. The color is VERY pastel. So plant is where pastel is needed and not a bad thing.
Discussion id : 50-131
most recent 28 NOV 10 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 NOV 10 by York Rose
The Montreal Botanical Garden continues to recommend this rose as resistant to blackspot, powdery mildew, and rust:
Discussion id : 27-137
most recent 18 JUN 08 SHOW ALL
Initial post 6 JUN 08 by Jeff Britt
This is a very charming, very vigorous rose. The bees love it, it looks great in the garden with all the other colors around it. It has a cottage garden feel about it. It repeats very quickly. I have not had any problems with blackspot on mine. Highly recommended.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 18 JUN 08 by Kim Rupert
Jeff, I agree whole heartedly with you about Escapade! It was created by Jack Harkness and was, by his own admisison, his favorite of all of his roses. My Little Butterfly is a self seedling of Escapade. I've raised many selfs from Little Butterfly and more from Escapade. Interestingly, for several years, they've all been once blooming.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 18 JUN 08 by jedmar
I saw Escapade last week in a garden and it was charming! Unfortunately it is no longer in sale in Switzerland, but I plan to get it from France.
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