The Zephirine Drouhin rose is an old Bourbon rose from 1868. It's one of the best known climbers in the world and for good reasons.
The canes of this rose are very unique.
Not only are the canes very flexible for training and have the color of burgundy, which is very beautiful; but they are virtually thornless.
It's also tolerant of a bit of shade and does very well in less sunny areas such as a north wall.
So if your garden doesn't get the ideal 6-8 hours of direct sun per day, this rose might just be right for you.
Of course most roses, even 'Zephirine Drouhin' will do the very best with lots of sun.
But I have friends who are doing very well with this climber with only 4 hours of direct sun per day during the season.
Mature Plant Height: 8 feet to 12 feet.
Bloom Size: 3.5 to 4 inches.
Bloom Time: all season.
Fragrance: rich, old rose perfume.
Year Introduced: 1868.
American Rose Society Rating: 8.0.
The smooth thornless canes of 'Zephirine Drouhin' rose, makes it easy, almost a pleasure I should say, to train on arches, pillars or arbors.
This rose is especially wonderful for arches over walkways in more temperate climates, as the canes will grow to 15 feet.
Plant one rose on each side of the walkway for a stunning effect, or be adventurous and put up multiple arches in a row. A fantastic look!
And unlike most old garden roses,this rose will repeat bloom all summer long.
Like all climbers it will need a couple of years to really put on a show.
It's best to wait a couple of years before pruning the Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose. It needs time to build flowering canes. Click here to read my page about how to properly prune climbing roses.
Regular deadheading during the growing season will encourage re-blooms.
The growth is quite vigorous and it's an easy rose to cultivate.
Zones 5-10, height to 12 feet.