Bred by Schmidt, Germany in 1909 this rambling rose is still very popular today and is a sight to behold when it flowers in the early Spring only and similar to the R. multiflora in it’s parentage.
This almost thornless rambler heralds the beginning of Spring by producing literally thousands of buds which stand up on the branching stems like candles and if it doesn’t get too hot too quickly, the small flowers open just a few on each bract and the purple colour is retained for longer. As the flowers fade, they become lilac-grey.
It is when all the flowers are open that this rose sends Mother Nature into a frenzy of activity. The bees are attracted to the pollen-rich yellow stamens and the perfume is immense Butterflies and a host of other insects will be attracted to revel in the glory of the clusters of small flowers on this wonderful rambler.
Veilchenblau has strong light green, thornless canes and if you need to keep the rambler in check, it should ideally be pruned after flowering in the Summer. However, if left alone, during late Autumn, the flower bracts will display masses of small red hips and this can be just as awesome as the original flowering.
- Large rambler flowering in Spring only
- Thornless canes
- Lush, healthy and pale-green foliage
- Attracts bees and other insects to the garden
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.