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PlantFiles: Large-flowered Climbing Rose
Rosa 'Garden Sun'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Garden Sun
Additional cultivar information: (aka Michka, MEIvaleir)
Hybridized by Meilland; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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Modern Climber


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Yellow blend (yb)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly

Trained to climb

Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew

Pruning Instructions:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lejardin22 On Jun 28, 2006, lejardin22 from Topsfield, MA wrote:

I live in Zone 5, approximately 20 miles south of the New Hampshire border, and for two years this rose has done very well. Despite receiving maybe three hours of sun/day it does bloom. Also, this summer and spring we have had record rainfalland that has not fazed it, either bloom- or disease -wise.

Neutral elke On Jun 15, 2005, elke from Colts Neck, NJ wrote:

my experience with this rose was both positive and negative -- for the first few seasons it grew vigorously and bloomed prolifically. BUT last season, after an especially harsh winter, it appeared to be dead, dead, dead -- canes were black. i had occasion to speak to steve hutton, pres. of conard pyle, parent company of star roses. he informed me that in pennsylvania, also zone 6, they experienced the same drastic dieback. his conclusion was that they released the rose rated for a zone farther north (zone 6) than it could survive over the long term. a few weeks after cutting my two climbers back to the ground in anticipation of grubbing them out, both had produced new canes, approx. 30 inches tall by late may. these appeared to be coming from above the bud union, not the rootstock. reluctantly, i dug them out and gave them away to a coworker who has a summer home in cape may, nj (Zone 7). i'm hoping they will be happier there. too bad -- such a pretty rose, and after a tremendous june flush, it repeated until november.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Livermore, California
San Jose, California
Winnetka, Illinois
Nantucket, Massachusetts
Topsfield, Massachusetts

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