Friday, January 22, 2010
The Enigma That is Darlow
The first is easy. Darlow's Enigma. I first became aware of this rose when I lived and gardened in Los Angeles, CA. Quite a few people I knew grew it, raved about how easy and how versatile it is. When I moved to South Carolina I was finally able to plant one at the old nursery property and boy are they right.
Rarely getting disease for me and constantly in flower Darlow, is a great Garden Rose for those who aren't sure what they are. I group it with what I call "Starter Roses". Starter Roses are ones I recommend for the gardener who has given up on roses or simply stopped growing them, because I know these roses will make them successful.
Darlow mounds itself into a shrub about 5' x 5' and can get larger if you let it. I know many who grow it as a climber along a fence. I can easily see Darlow growing as a hedge stretching out in a drift of white blossoms perched atop its lovely green foliage. This is a very versatile rose so let your imagination run with it.
Here are some details and where to buy it.
Darlow's Enigma. Hybrid Musk, white, Zone 5 - Introduced in 1991, Hybridizer Unknown - Growth Size & Characteristics are: large shrub (5'+), moderate climber (10'-15'), fragrant, repeat flowering, single petalled, shade tolerant.
Rogue Valley Roses - United States
Rozenkwekerij de Bierkreek - The Netherlands
Roses Unlimited - United States
Burlington Rose Nursery - United States