Posted: 24/12/2014 at 12:27
I have Limelight, Vanille Fraise, Pinky Winky, Rouge Diamant and another creamy one whose label has gone. They are all in full sun on rich, alkaline loam on a clay subsoil. This year they were hammered by a hailstone tornado in May but have recovered so I'm expecting reat things next year.
I get them froma specialist grower at a plant fair here and the advice is to prune hard in mid February to early March and feed them a general fertiliser with some added rose food for flower power once growth starts.
I like these plants because they flower despite what winter throws at them and I like the cone shaped flower heads an dthe way the colour fades. I did try the mophead/lacecaps but they were always frozen solid in winter and, whilsts they produced new stems every year they never survived to flower the following spring.