Bred by Kordes in 1958 and worthy of the title we use for it: “Rose of the Century” because of it’s extremely healthy and free-flowering, easy care qualities. Inducted to the Rose Hall of Fame in 1983.
Iceberg is planted in gardens throughout Australia and even the most uninformed gardener tends to recognize this rose. Because it is almost thornless, Iceberg lends itself to planting in public spaces and along walk-ways.
The very bushy, compact growth habit makes Iceberg the ideal rose for budding to a standard understock and has been our biggest-selling standard rose for many years. In our harsh Australian landscape, Iceberg offers a cooling effect when you see it planted in a row with a green lawn or hedge around it and flowers unashamedly in all weather and all conditions.
There are many ‘sports’ of the original Iceberg including the Climbing form and all the sports in a variety of colours are just as vigorous and free-flowering as the parent!
- Extremely hardy and free-flowering
- Lovely cool pure white
- Ideal standard rose
- Almost thornless
The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:
WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.
FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.
PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.
MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.