One of my favorite roses is NEW DAWN. Healthy. Beautiful. Low maintenance. Sweetly fragrant.
- New Dawn is a large-flowering climber that was introduced in the 1930s … a “modern” rose with old rose charm.
- In 1997 New Dawn was voted the most popular rose in the world at the 11th World Convention of Rose Societies.
- It actually was the first plant to receive a patent.
- It is hardy in Zones 5 – 10.
- And, I learned this spring that it’s P Allen Smith’s favorite. When I was in Arkansas for Garden 2 Blog, New Dawn was everywhere, on fences, trellis, in cemeteries and the walls of buildings. New Dawn in full bloom, especially in mass, is breathtaking.
Here are two trellises that face each other in one of my garden sections… both are laden this week with New Dawn!
In my garden…
I have three of these beautiful roses. One covers the pergola over my potting shed porch. The other 2 are on an arbor over a garden gate.
10 years ago I bought my first New Dawn from White Flower Farm. They sold New Dawn as part of their Dawn & Dusk collection … pairing it with the clematis Etiole Violette. This is a perfect pairing that I would highly recommend!
On both sides of this arbor are New Dawns and Etoile Violettes…
When they bloom in the spring …. they B L O O M. The softness of the petals and sweet fragrance make this rose just breathtaking. It is officially a “reblooming” rose but I don’t see many blooms after the spring bloom.
Just like the tag says, this rose is disease resistant and low maintenance however, you need to provide a strong support–this is a vigorous grower. And, I would advise keeping up with the pruning …. it can get out of hand! Every 3 or 4 years I do a fairly major pruning to keep the rose fresh. The New Dawns on my arbor were cut back hard last year but have already reached the top! They are hard to discourage!
One more thing, when pruning a New Dawn gauntlet style rose gloves will be your friends. Hiding behind those yummy blooms are hooky thorns that mean business! But, once you experience the blooms of a New Dawn rose, you’ll forget all about the thorns.
And, one more picture…
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. -Abraham Lincoln
Have a wonderful day! Come back tomorrow … tomorrow’s rose is gonna be a show stopper! :)