Need a Nice Purple Rose

cleanleaf(z10/ca)April 26, 2005

I am growing a new Austin rose called Grace for Mrs. Cleanleaf; She absolutley loves this rose. I do not believe this will be an exhibition rose as it does not appear to push long stems but she is a vigorous bloomer. The blooms are a lovely apricot color, the foilage a lovely shade of green not very big. Very enjoyable looking at this rose on our deck.

Mrs. Cleanleaf has informed me that she would like to find a deep purple rose (no red, no crimson,whatsoever) to situate alongside Grace. I saw a nice floribunda the other day at a nursery called Intrigue...Very nice fragrance, nice purple color. HOw big will this rose get? Dont want to overshadow Grace.

Can I get a few recomendations on other nice deep purple roses?

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desertratrose(z9 AZ-PHX)

Intrigue is nice, fairly compact, a floribunda. Don't know how well it lasts in a vase, I'm sure someone else can answer that.

Midnight blue is one of the darkest purple without red overtones out there. Its quite new. It is a shrub and can exhibit in that class. It cluster blooms with smallish, fragrant blooms. I have a hard time taking pics of it as they tend to look redder in the pictures than they do to the naked eye. This one is hovering around 3 x 3 after one year.

The next rose season (2006) will bring the introduction of Ebb Tide from Weeks. See their website for pictures to drool over. It is a sister/brother seedling from the same batch that produced Midnight Blue and the Armstrong Garden Center's excluseive, Route 66.

Route 66 is another gorgeous dark purple.

A purple Austin would be The Prince but it might be too big for your desired spot.

Suz

    Bookmark   April 27, 2005 at 1:43AM
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Chris_Greenwood

For you HT lovers - get Della Reese -- my oh my -- what a fragrance and the early spring blooms are very purple. Warmer weather lightens up the color but not the fragrance.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2005 at 9:05PM
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desertratrose(z9 AZ-PHX)

Chris! You taunting devil! If you're not in California near an Armstrong Garden Center, how are you supposed to do that? Hmmm?

I have one, though. I was blessed by a GardenWeb angel who went and bought one, along with City of Carlsbad, and shipped them to me. She's only given me one bloom so far, but she's still pretty small.

Suz

    Bookmark   April 29, 2005 at 10:45PM
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zionadams(SW Utah)

We bought two Intrigue a few weeks ago. They are barely a foot tall but healthy as heck and one has the most beautiful bloom. It'a a rich, true purple. I can't wait for this rose to grow!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2005 at 1:15AM
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dan_keil_cr Keil(Illinois z5)

Paradise is nice and it's look alike miniflora Dr John Dikeman

    Bookmark   December 28, 2010 at 2:59PM
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