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Rosa 'Charles de Mills' (G) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Rose

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

rose 'Charles de Mills'

Family

Rosaceae


Rosa can be deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs or scrambling climbers, with usually thorny stems bearing pinnate leaves and solitary or clustered, 5-petalled flowers followed by showy red or purple fruits

Gallica roses are compact, prickly shrubs with dull green foliage and generally fragrant, single to double flowers in small clusters in mid-summer

'Charles de Mills' is a small upright shrub to 1.2m, with copious mid-green foliage and very fragrant, fully double, quartered, crimson-purple flowers 10cm in width, flowering in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in full sun with fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. For best flowering apply a balanced fertiliser and mulch in late winter or early spring. Tolerant of poor soils, suitable for hedging

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Loam, Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Coastal, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and beds or Hedging/Screens


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 23 (roses)

Pests

Aphids, leafhoppers, glasshouse red spider mite, scale insects, caterpillars and rose leaf-rolling sawfly may be a problem. Rabbits and deer can cause damage

Diseases

May be affected by black spot, rose rust and powdery mildews