Aloha

Rosa ‘Aloha’

The French have a beautiful sounding word for a repeat flowering rose and, without doubt, the most remontant rose that we grow is ‘Aloha.’ Embowering our front porch pillars, she welcomes with her fresh-hued beauty. ‘Aloha’ begins the season in a great flush, followed by a brief rest, and then continues non-stop, typically through November, and in one recent, relatively mild autumn, into December. With one bud yet to open, I imagine this year will be another where I can claim she bloomed into December. I like her so very much that I planted a second and then third and they are all three sited where we can enjoy her great gifts daily.

‘Aloha’ Blooming in Mid-Novmeber

‘Aloha’s’ buds are full and shapely, and colored carmine rose with vermilion undertones, giving us a preview of nuanced shades to come. She unfurls to form large, quartered, and subtly two-toned blossoms, initially opening in shades of clear rose-pink with a deeper carmine pink on the reverse, or underside of the petals. The blossoms are long lasting, fading to a lovely shade of  pale coral pink. And the petals fall loosely, never becoming balled clumps. With luxuriously long stems and shiny emerald foliage, ‘Aloha’ also makes a divine cut flower.

Oh, and I can’t believe I am several paragraphs in and haven’t yet mentioned her fragrance. She not only welcomes with her great beauty, but also with her potent and dreamy scent. I have often heard ‘Aloha’ described as having a green apple fragrance, but find that description only partially accurate; the scent is really much more sophisticated, with notes not only of fresh Granny Smith apple, but also the warm sensuous undertones of the old Damask and Bourbon roses.

‘Aloha’ (Left Pillar) Blooming in Early June

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About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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2 Responses to Aloha

  1. Shirley Locke Moores says:

    I live in a condominium and can only have a rose BUSH not a climber. Aloha meets my requriements of colour and fragrance but it appears from the pictures to be a climbing rose.
    If that is so, can you suggest another with similar characteriistics that is a rose bush/tree? The colour is incidental but It must have fragrance..
    Thie rose is in memory of my Mom who loved flowers abd had a beautiful garden all her life.
    Thanks,
    Shirley Locke Moores

    • ‘Aloha’ is classified as a climber, however, it is more of a rambler, and can easily be shaped and pruned to bush size and shape. I will think about it and send you additional recommendations. Also, Chapter 14, titled “Roses for the Intimate Garden” in my book “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! ~ Notes from a Gloucester Garden” has an extensive list of wonderfully fragrant roses, pages 111-114. Thank you for asking!

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