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Rosa 'Francis E. Lester' (Climbing Hybrid Musk Rose Francis E. Lester)

Rosa 'Francis E. Lester' (Climbing Hybrid Musk Rose Francis E. Lester)

Spactacular in midsummer

Large, single, highly scented flowers are carried in huge trusses in summer. Opening from pink buds, the white blooms have a delicate pink edge to each petal and they are followed by small, decorative orange hips in autumn. A vigorous rambling rose that can also be grown as a large shrub, it has glossy green foliage and is excellent for screening unsightly walls and fences. All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Flower colour: white with a pink flush
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
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