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Rosa 'Belle de Crécy' (G)

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Characteristics

Plant type

Rose or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Purple and Red in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

rose 'Belle de Crécy'

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

'Belle de Crécy' is a small, bushy shrub with almost thornless stems bearing copious dull green foliage and very fragrant, fully double flowers opening bright deep cerise, becoming mauve with age

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

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

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by hardwood cuttings in autumn or by budding in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Cut Flowers, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


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 subject to black spot, rose rust, powdery mildews and a downy mildew