Rose de Rescht

Rose de Rescht 1

This compact Portland rose is a very reliable rebloomer.  It gives a big flush of tightly-formed rosette blooms in spring, pompon like and if you keep on deadheading it just keeps on blooming.  Fragrance is very strong.  Buds open in fuchsia-red color and fade into light lilac.  Rose de Rescht will tolerate some shade.  The only disease I find is rust but all I do is prune the stems that are affected and new healthy shoots appear.  Parentage is obscure, possibly Persian and discovery date is unknown but its recurring blooming qualities coupled with those old fashioned traits and its strong fragrance entitle this rose a place in any garden, large or small.

I planted lavender ‘Hidcote’ next ot it.  They complement each other in color and fragrance.  Since Rose de Rescht is a compact little rose, it is also a good specimen for container planting.  For history buffs, Rose de Rescht was believed to be growing at Castle Howard, in Yorkshire, England before the Second World War.