Gallicandy, bred by Paul Barden, 1999
After watching it for several years, I am coming to the conclusion that it is a very good rose in its own right. It is a fairly typical Gallica in growth habit, with LOTS of medium pink, fully double blooms born on somewhat arching (but self supporting) canes. This is a once-bloomer, flowering for a period of four to six weeks in early Summer. It makes a spectacular display when in full bloom, and it has a very similar fragrance to 'Constance Spry'. However, unlike 'Constance Spry', it remains a short, well-mannered shrub about 4 to 5 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet across. It does sucker somewhat, but not excessively; it wants to make a fairly tight thicket. The real plus is that it does NOT get Blackspot and rarely ever shows signs of mildew, even late in the season. I don't spray it, and it remains unblemished by disease. I have no idea if it would perform similarly in other climates, but I'd guess that the chances are good that it would. This will be a cold climate rose, and not likely suitable for hot climates like Florida, southern Texas or southern California.
'Gallicandy' is now commercially available from The Uncommon Rose
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