ZEPHERINE DROUHIN – Climbing Bourbon rose with semi-double cerise-pink blooms over the whole season


Bred by Bizot, France in 1868 this lovely rose is very renowned for the fact that it is one of the very few climbing roses which is totally thornless and flowers profusely throughout the season.

Zepherine Drouhin should always be planted as far out in the open as is possible within your garden design! Without lots of good airflow and wind, this delightful rose will succumb to powdery mildew – over the years I have referred to this rose as ‘the mildew magnet rose’ … in humid, still weather, this rose will show signs of mildew and it should never, ever be watered late in the evening. In fact, the foliage should never get wet because it is just so susceptible to powdery mildew.

However, despite the bad news, the great news is that in a good location, this rose will give immense pleasure – the fragrance is amazing and because it is completely thornless, this rose will continue to be grown by many gardeners who shirk away from growing roses because of the thorns!

Throughout the entire season, Zepherine Drouhin will delight with masses of medium sized bright pink blooms and the foliage is plentiful when the rose is healthy.

  • Most popular thornless climbing rose
  • Flowers consistently throughout the season
  • Masses of dark pink and very highly fragrant blooms
  • Plant in the right position with lots of airflow!


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.

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    1. Lovely – any time you need advice about roses you could look through the ROSE RAMBLER which is stored here or email me too … cheers … Diana

  2. I recently planted a ZD climbing bare root (one month ago) under one side of my backyard trellis. It will get a sprinkler in the early morning during the summer. The trellis is in between a hedge of Azaleas. Should I be concerned about mildew from the early morning sprinkler action during the summer? Any other comment is appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Hello and thank you for your enquiry … yes, I wonder about your selection as ZD is an absolute MILDEW MAGNET at the best of times … planted alongside a hedge – how tall??? Why not wait and see as you’ve obviously selected the rose for a reason and if you’re prepared to apply frequent (hopefully organic!!!) spray management, the rose might well give you many years of joy!

      Hope this is helpful information … best wishes – Diana

  3. I would like to have a climbing rose on an arch but something with no or minimal thorns and which flowers most of the year. What would u suggest

  4. Hi Diana, my wife and I just wanted to say thank you for the kind courtesy in taking the time to share your knowledge and advice.
    The Zepherine is ideal for our garden arbour and as a result of your info we have just ordered 3 plants that we will pick up when it gets a little bit closer to winter.

    Thanks again and best regards
    Mark & Kylee

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