December 2019 Rose Submitted by John Durham
Welcome to the “twilight zone” of roses! Described by various rose websites as “mysterious” and “it’s Ebb Tide in a different dimension” with “tempting mysterious color tones”, it clearly is a beautifully colored purple addition to any rose lover’s garden.
Aside from this description, the Twilight Zone Grandiflora Rose features showy clusters of fragrant mauve to big fat deep purple double old-fashioned flowers at the ends of the branches. It has dark green semi-glossy foliage throughout the season from early season (spring) to mid fall. It also a good pollinator.
The flower blossoms have a strong scent of cloves and lemony citrus. The purple color varies with the temperature, deepening in more moderate temperatures. It is best grown in full sun conditions, in rich, fertile, well-drained soils. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approx. 30 years. It is best pruned in late fall to winter. It usually has approx. 35 – 40 (or more) petals per flower.
So, if you want to add a little “mystery” and “purple haze” to your garden, the Grandiflora Twilight Zone Rose is the one to add to your collection.
Bloom Type: Clustered Double
Characteristics: Upright Spreading
Color: Mauve to Dark Purple
Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Hardiness Zones: 5 – 9
Rebloom: Repeat Blooming
Approx. Size: 4-5’ high x 3’ wide
Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Season: Spring
Fertilizer Type: 5-5-7
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