Plants of Merit

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:29pm
  • Life

WHAT: The rose Sally Holmes produces enormous clusters of ivory, apricot and white blooms, giving the appearance of a bouquet on a stem.

Highly rated by the American Rose Society, it is a hybrid musk with a mild sweet fragrance.

A tall, breathtaking plant with a long blooming season, it is nearly thornless.

Sally Holmes won the Portland Gold Medal in 1993, the Glasgow Fragrance Award in 1993 and the British Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in the same year.

It is no surprise that this rose has been referred to as one of the truly great roses of all time and deserves a place of distinction in the residential garden.

SUN OR SHADE: This rose can tolerate some shade but requires several hours of full sun.

SIZE: Although it is advertised as 6- to 8 feet, Sally Holmes easily reaches 12 feet in our mild Pacific Northwest climate. Its width is approximately 6 feet.

This rose can either be grown as a climber, espaliered along a fence, woven through a pergola or trimmed to the size of a tall shrub.

SEE IT: At the WSU Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville.

Sandra Schumacher

More in Life

From Jasper to Banff: A Canadian adventure in an RV

Jennifer Bardsley plans to take her family on two-week roadtrip through Canada in a tent trailer.

Skippers share sea stories at Marysville speaker series

The Bellingham couple will talk about charter cruises on the historic wooden vessel they rebuilt.

Anxiety, or chronic worry, is a growing problem

Paul Schoenfeld shares four approaches to help keep your anxiety from getting out of control.

Expo in Stanwood can help you get ready for the country

The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is set for Jan. 27 at the high school.

Find many of our region’s winter birds in the Skagit Valley

If you love birding, also check out these bird-related festivals, lectures and other events.

What’s new this year for travelers in England, Ireland

The nations are improving tourism infrastructures and adding exhibits to well-known sights.

Curries continues home-cooked Indian cuisine at new location

The restaurant, now located on Evergreen Way, also puts an Indian spin on Northwest cooking.

‘Three Billboards’ wins top prize at Screen Actors Guild Awards

Director Martin McDonagh’s dark morality tale beat out “Lady Bird,” “Mudbound,” “Get Out” and “The Big Sick.”

2018 Nissan Rogue crossover gets set for autonomous driving

New features including ProPILOT Assist are added to Nissan’s best-selling model, the compact Rogue.

Most Read