Great Maiden's Blush, Origin: Europe, pre-15th century.
'Great Maiden's Blush' is one of the best of the Albas, and is one of the most well known also. Many a cottage garden has had this rose growing beside if for decades. It is absoutely charcteristic of the group, with its graceful habit, soft coloring, long bloom period, and incomparable fragrance.
This rose will eventually attain a size of 6 feet tall by 5 feet wide. The foliage is usually disease free, and it is quite winter hardy. Blooms are borne in clusters of 3 to 5, exuding one of the most refined scents of all roses. The bloom period, although occurring only once a year, lasts for up to 6 weeks. 'Great Maiden's Blush' is considered to be one of the finest of all of the European once-blooming rose, and has been a standard in many cottage gardens. It's great heath and carefree demeanor has ensured its popularity for centuries.
merit rating: 9.1