Longobardy gardensDorothy Perkins
Probably the most popular rose of all time, Dorothy Perkins, was the first pink rambler to be hardy enough for colder zones. Her enormous masses of powder puff pink blooms put her in almost every garden of her time; so much so that she outdid her welcome as gardeners tired of seeing her everywhere! As more repeat, large flowered climbers were intorduced, she was sidelined or tore up altogether. Now decades later she is back as popular as ever.
A very vigorous rambler with hugh clusters of small(1.5"), very double, pompom-like blossoms.The flower colour can range from deep pink, fading to light shell pink, if grown in semi-shade - to very pale pink in full sun. They are very long lasting and make wonderful cut flowers. The ruffled petals reflex to expose their amber button eye. A very easy, trouble free rambler, Dorothys vigorous growth and long arching, thorny canes can easily be bent and twined around almost anything when young. She loves good rich soil and water in times of drought. She will tolerate semi-shade, doing quite well. In zones 5 and below she should be grown on a low structure or as a ground cover. If grown up high it's best to take her down and throw leaves over her as she can suffer quite abit of winterkill in these zones. . As with most ramblers it has a blooming period once with great profusion in mid to late July. She can repeat sometimes rarely and with less profussion. Hardy to zone 4b