Rosa 'Tuscany Superb'
rose Tuscany Superb (gallica)
The dark purple flowers on this resilient Gallica age to deep-violet making a dramatic sight in high summer and good hips follow
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil, including clay
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: June to August
- Flower colour: deep crimson-maroon
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Deliciously fragrant, double, deep crimson-maroon flowers with closely packed petals in summer and dark green leaves. This gorgeous Gallica rose is probably a sport of 'Tuscany', which it is very similar too but less bushy and a little taller. A superb rose for a shrub border where it will look lovely planted alongside deep purple flowering plants and foliage.
All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
- Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease).
Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well.
Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.
As most shrub roses tend to flowers best on older stems, they only need a little light formative pruning. Hard pruning should be avoided unless absolutely necessary as it can often ruin the plants shape. The best time to prune is in late summer after they have finished flowering. While wearing tough gloves, remove dead, damaged, diseased or congested branches completely. If the centre of the shrub is becoming congested, remove one or two of the older stems to their base. If they have become too leggy, then you can often encourage new growth to form by cutting one or two stems back to within 10 - 15cm above ground level.
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Q:Summer flowering, small red rose for a grave
Afternoon, I am looking for a rose bush that I can plant on a grave. Please can you help me as I do not know when they are supposed to be planted for flowering, or when to buy them? I am looking for a red rose bush, to flower in the summer. Thank you for your time and patience.Asked on 11/3/2009 by Anonymous
A:Hello There, Late autumn is the best time to buy and plant roses, so you are right to start looking now. Unfortunately we do not sell any red flowering groundcover roses, but the following are small shrubs, which if kept well watered should flourish. Rosa Royal William http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/hybrid-tea-roses/bush-rose/modern-hybrid-t-&-floribunda/rosa-royal-william-=-korzaun-pbr/classid.1247/ Rosa L D Braithwaite http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/shrub-rose/classic-english-david-austin/bush-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-l.d.-braithwaite-=-auscrim-pbr/classid.1132/ Rosa Tuscany Superb http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/roses/classic-english-david-austin/bush-rose/other-shrub-rose/rosa-tuscany-superb/classid.2000004709/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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