Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Mark A. Miller
ROSA 'Great Maiden's Blush'
White Rose of York
A highly fragrant, old European rose, 'Great Maiden's Blush' has been known to exist since before the 15th century and offers loads of semi-double, delicate pink flowers on shrubby plants with grey-green foliage. The flat, medium to small flowers are borne in clusters and have around 40 petals each.
This antique rose has a bushy, upright habit and stems lined with sharp woody thorns. Its compound leaves have leaflets that are oval, bluish green to grey-green and have serrated edges. Flowering occurs from late spring through to summer. The fragrant, flattened flowers are soft pink and best known for their remarkable fragrance. Orange-red hips follow pollination by bees and other insects.
Roses prefer full to partial sun, moderate temperatures and perfectly drained, slightly acid soil with average to good fertility. They grow best in places with slightly dry climates, because such climates disfavor the fungal diseases that plague them. For this reason, it is important to maintain good airflow within and between planted roses through good planting and pruning practices, which will dissuade fungal attacks. Roses are rife with pest and disease problems. This cultivar blooms on old wood, so prune in summer after plants have stopped flowering.
Antique roses are perfect for sunny foundations, mixed borders and cutting gardens.
10 - 1
3 - 8
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Pink, Light Pink
Green, Gray Green
Green, Sandy Brown
Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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