'Souvenir du Dr. Jamain' (old fashioned shrub rose)
Souvenir du Dr. Jamain is a very old fashioned rose that some people may remember from their granny's garden. It's colour is a very distinct rich maroon with a real velvety texture.
Sometimes this rose is referred to as the 'Blackberry Rose', probably because of it's very distinct fragrance – a very fresh, fruity smell.
You will need a good space for this rose as it grows 6ft high and 3 ft wide. A real centre piece for your garden! The 'Blackberry Rose' is of the Bourbon type with it's flat double flower – a must for every garden.
You need to position this rose in full sun and a good planting combination with it would be Cistus Purpureus, or Cistus Silver Pink.
Another wonderful rose is
Ballerina (shrub rose)
This beautiful and very useful rose is one of the most reliable free and continuous flowering of all roses. The small single polyantha flowers are soft pink, with white centres and prominent stamens. They are held in close, many flowered trussed reminiscent of hydrangea heads, Ballerina forms a short, rounded tough and vigorous shrub with attractive light green foliage. While not as fragrant as the Blackberry Rose, the Ballerina has it's own charming scent.
Both of these roses would look great together, as both colours complement each other nicely!
Margaret's Tip: Remember to put a few cloves of garlic in the ground as you plant, or if you have existing roses, push garlic cloves beneath ground level near your rose!
Did you know?
Most people overwater their rose plants. Once established in the ground, roses need to be watered. They thrive in very well drained soil. Of course you can grow them in a container – you will need to water as normal.
What to do to your roses this time of year?
Feed with slow release fertilizer. Give all roses well-rotted farmyard manure. Give a fistful of sulphate of potash every three weeks as soon as this cold snap comes to an end.
Shrub roses such as Ballerina and Souvenir du Dr. Jamain do not need a hard pruning. Just treat them as a shrub, taking 6 inches or so off.