”Golden Wings” is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis once it has been established for a few years. (Richie Steffen)

”Golden Wings” is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis once it has been established for a few years. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Rosa ‘Golden Wings,’ yellow modern rose

“Golden Wings” is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis once it has been established.

What: Rosa “Golden Wings” is a photographer’s dream, due to its large, clear, almost single, pale golden flowers with marmalade stamens, as rosarian Christine Allen likes to describe them. The flowers seem set to take flight from the matte, light-green leaves. They develop from long, pointed buds and are borne singly or in clusters. Sweetly scented, the flowers of “Golden Wings” appear from June until October, and can be used in arrangements. In autumn, “Golden Wings” produces apple-green hips. The hybrid rose was introduced by Roy Shepherd in 1956.

Where: This vigorous rose flowers best in full sun with rich well-drained or sandy soil, but it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate.

Size: The rose shrub grows to be 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide when mature.

Care: It is a heavy feeder and benefits from a regular application of fertilizer. Provide regular watering during dry weather to encourage lush growth and repeat flowering. It can be lightly pruned in the late fall or early winter to protect from winter wind damage. Major pruning to develop the shape of the plant should be done in early spring when the leaves are beginning to show green. It has good disease resistance.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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