New Dawn

One of my favorite roses is NEW DAWN. Healthy. Beautiful. Low maintenance. Sweetly fragrant.

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  • 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.

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 the 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!

Etoile Violette’s bloom thyme is a bit ahead of the rose on this arbor. There are plenty of New Dawn buds you can’t see them very well yet. But, isn’t this clematis amazing!

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.

Bloomin' machine...
Bloomin’ machine…
Soft, petal pink… just yummy!

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.

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. -Abraham Lincoln

Thanks for stopping by.

8 thoughts on “New Dawn

  1. Thank you for your lovely photos! I’ve put up my first arbor and will plant my first climbing roses – two New Dawns – in the next few weeks. I will follow your lead and plant clematis with them, and maybe some irises at the base.

  2. I have a new dawn myself and just love it, in fact it is blooming it’s pretty head off as we speak, will post some more of new dawn too, I plan on giving it room to grow off this fence I put it on, heard it can get 20 foot canes, wow, I would love it to be like over your head and down to your feet flowers to see/smell and take lots of pictures of.

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