Rosa 'Zéphirine Drouhin'

rose Zéphirine Drouhin (climbing bourbon)

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4 litre potted rose £27.99
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Buy Rosa 'Zéphirine Drouhin' rose Zéphirine Drouhin (climbing bourbon): Fragrant, deep pink blooms

This rose is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Masses of loosely cup-shaped, deep pink flowers appear from July to September on thornless stems, filling the air with their delicious perfume. This beautiful, repeat-flowering Bourbon rose is one of the best and most reliable climbing varieties. More tolerant of shade than most, it's also excellent for covering a north-facing wall (although it may not flower as profusely) and it could even be pruned to form a tall, informal, flowering hedge.

    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 be 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 plant’s 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). Before planting you will also need to make sure that there is adequate support for the rose to grow onto.

    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. Tie the stems to the support in an open fan shape and as new shoots emerge, tie these in horizontally, as this will encourage flowering shoots to form nearer the base.

    When planting against a large tree, dig a hole about a metre away from the trunk and angle the rose towards the trunk. The tree must be mature and strong enough to take the weight of the rose. Or you can train the rose up to the crown of branches, using wooden supports. In this case the rose should be planted on the outer reaches of the tree's canopy. Allow it to scramble up the supports and then into your chosen tree.

    Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturer’s 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.

    From late autumn to late winter, pop on a pair of tough gloves and remove any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems. Tie in new stems and shorten the side shoots of any flowered stems by up to two thirds. When the plants become congested, remove one or two of the oldest stems, cutting them right back to their base. Climbing roses usually respond well to hard pruning, so those that have become very overgrown can be renovated from late autumn to late winter. First remove any dead, damaged or weak-looking stems completely. Keeping from four to six young stems, cut all the others right back to their base. Shorten the side shoots on the remaining stems by up to a half and tie these onto the support.

  • Humans/Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Notes on Rosa 'Zéphirine Drouhin'

"The thornless rose championed as a climber -which it rarely manages - but better as bright pink ground cover"

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Disappointed in this flower. Very few blooms


In a pot. Perhaps pot is too small. Bought to climb my pergola but growth very slow




Only one blush of flowers


Disappointed that I only had one blush of roses but they were lovely so I'm not giving up!




Doesn't disappoint....


First rose I've planted and overjoyed how it kept on flowering. Wonderful perfume. Think this may well be the star of the garden ...

Miss Ruby

North East England


A spectacular fast-growing rose


We planted the rose in a large pot in the corner of a raised patio and encouraged it to spread upwards onto a trellis. We were very surprised how quickly it settled down and began its growth while displaying a number if brightly coloured roses to enliven a shaded corner of the patio. However (in December) the leaves are now covered in black spot which will probably over-winter despite being treated with a recommended spray. We hope that the new growth next year will not have been infected. One small niggle - the plant arrived with no planting advice or even a photo of it in full splendour. This would have been very useful for our file of purchased plants so we can keep a record of when we planted them and how they should appear. All we had was a small tag tied to the plant with its name. Fortunately we found a photo of the rose on the internet which we printed and keep in our file.


Bishops Stortford


I would recommend this plant


I bought this rose as a remembrance rose for a relative, she lives some distance away but sent me a photo of it when in bloom, she is very pleased with it




I would recommend this company


I have always loved this rose, old fashioned with a wonderful scented flower




real show stopper!!


A wonderful thorn less shrub rose that has everything, especially good if you want it to climb over an arch or trellis.

granny Sue



would definitely recommend


Beautiful plant produces masses of gorgeous looking and scented blooms.grows very well and very easy to maintain. I absolutely love it x





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Would this be suitable for growing in a container up a wall? If so what pot dimensions would be best?


Climbing roses do not do well in pots I'm afraid, so I would advise planting it straight into the ground - even if you have to lift a paving slab (or two!).


I have had two potted roses delivered. I am about to go on holiday for a few days. Will they be ok outside or should I keep them in the shed? And how should I keep them before I pot out? Many thanks

Lucy Lou

These plants are fully hardy (and will grow outside throughout the year), so I would water them well and keep them in the garden until you can plant them.


Hi, I am looking for a scented, thornless rose for a south-facing wall to go up a trellis round a patio door. I had settled on Rosa Zephirine Drouhin and your description seems to suggest this is a good match. However, the quotation you have on the RH side says 'The thornless rose championed as a climber -which it rarely manages'. Does this mean it isn't a good climber after all? I am a little confused as the descriptions appear to contradict each other. All advice welcomed! Many thanks.


Hello, Thorny stems really help a rose to climb as they actually hook the stems onto a support. This rose would be ideal for you though, but you will probably need to tie the stems onto a support.


It potted my zephrine climbing rose last summer and had a few roses. Since November the leaves are falling off and those that remain are yellow in colour. Is this normal for this time of year?


Hello there Rosa 'Zéphirine Drouhin' is deciduous so the leaves will die and drop in the autumn, all part of it's natural cycle and the plant will be dormant throughout the winter months. You may have a few yellow leaves left on the plant but generally these are soon blown off during the winter. Hope this helps.

I want to plant one of these with a clematis Jackmanii. What distance apart should the plants be; planted side by side or one in front of the other?


Hello there I would plant them if possible about 90cm apart, you could plant a bit closer if you need to, but because roses are thirsty plants you don't want the climbers competing for the water and nutrients. Then train the clematis stems towards the rose with canes and twine. Hope this helps.

Climbing Rose with late summer colour please Dear Crocus, I am looking for the climbing rose "Handel". I cannot find it on the site, so wonder if you can get it? Otherwise I need a climbing rose that is tolerant of some shade, with a pink or white flower and preferably repeat flowering. The soil is somewhat of a chalky loam. Many thanks


Hello There, I'm afraid we do not have a close match, but if you click on the following link it will take you to the climbing roses that we sell which are tolerant of a little shade. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Crocus Helpdesk

What is a good thornless rose? Can you suggest a pretty, fragrant, thornless climbing rose please?

brian watson

We sell a few climbing or rambling roses on our site that have very few thorns. Below are the links to them. Rosa Madame Alfred Carriere Rosa Zephirine Drouhin Rosa Veilchenblau


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