As summer fade into autumn, it is time to take note of how our roses have performed over the summer months.
This summer has not been without its challenges so any rose that has done well, must be a good performer.
One rose to impress has been ‘Taffeta’, one of the patio climbing roses bred by English breeder Chris Warner. Patio climbers have smaller flowers and leaves in proportion, the overall habit is also much more contained as well making them suitable for smaller gardens where space is limited.
‘Taffeta’ has old fashioned style blooms of white with a pale pink tinge at the base of the petals. Blooms are produced in clusters and also have the added bonus not found in other patio climbing varieties is a great fragrance to enjoy, either on the plant or bring blooms inside to enjoy in a small vase. Its growth habit lends to it being trained upright around a pillar or post, but can also be trained against fences or pergolas.
A Gold Star of the South Pacific winner at the New Zealand Rose Society trials in 1998, Taffeta is well worth growing in any garden and is readily available from garden centres and specialist rose nurseries.