Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Bloom Color: Light pink (lp)
Bloom Shape: Double
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Patent Information: Patented
Other Details: Shade-tolerant
Pruning Instructions: Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings By grafting By budding
On Dec 2, 2009, baiissatva from Dunedin New Zealand wrote:
Insanely beautiful rose, firmly in my top three ever as far as appearance goes.
Luscious blousy shell pink turning candy pink toward the peony style centre of the bloom. The scent is beyond fabulous, and lasts as long as the cut flower does without degrading into a greyish funk, unlike many tea roses. The sent is heady, musky, sweet and 'rosey' in the same way as attar, rosewater and the best essential oils smell of the flower itself.
Dark matte forest green foliage, 6 foot in my garden, with the blooms held on upright trusses quite high on the plant, giving it a slightly unusual stately air. Holds the buds firmly upright, unlike a lot of other David Austin roses that flop- one of their biggest drawbacks in my opinion.
If you only have room for a few roses, this has got to be one of them, IF you are prepared for a caveat or two, as I have discovered.
While my blooms don't 'ball' in wet weather as many older varieties love to do, they do get 'brown streak', which is perhaps an even more irritating condition that runs through petals from the base and ruins the bloom, causing it to disintegrate just when you think you're getting a wonderful show. It only happens when the cold/wet snap is timed right, but as well all know, this happens all too often! So I would call S Asma a weather-diva.
It's very upright (for me) shape can be a pain when trying to put it with other roses, as it's quite unique and can make it hard to partner. Small complaints, really, but worth considering.
Probably my favorite rose. Lush, exotic, with an enchanting and unique fruity rose fragrance, very strong. The exquisite shade of pink is often touched at the base by a hint of yellow or pale apricot, giving it a subtle warmth. Large blooms, good rebloom, and very hardy here. A no-fuss rose, gracious and memorable.
On Feb 23, 2004, rebeccasgarden from Duvall, WA (Zone 8B) wrote:
When I think of it I'll upload a picture of this outstanding beauty.
This is par-none - my absolute favorite rose of the 20 or so varieties I have in the garden and deserves a much better spot than where it's at.
It has gorgeous full blooms of pale pink with intense fragrance. A must have if you love the look of old fashioned roses.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Desert View Highlands, California Oakland, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Auburndale, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Hampton, Illinois Lombard, Illinois Oak Lawn, Illinois Washington, Illinois Nichols, Iowa Frederick, Maryland Pequannock, New Jersey Columbus, Ohio North Augusta, South Carolina Glenn Heights, Texas Joshua, Texas Richmond, Texas Montpelier, Virginia