||Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'
A splendid and vigorous climber, award-winning Rosa banksiae 'Lutea' (Lady Banks' Rose) is a large, early flowering, semi-evergreen rambler with a profusion of small, multi-petaled, pale yellow, double flowers, 3/4 in. wide (2 cm), in spring. Held in clusters, the lightly scented blooms are perfectly displayed on the thorn-less, slender branches which are clad with a rich green foliage of small, smooth-edged leaves. 'Lutea' is the most popular and the most floriferous of the banksia roses and is regarded as one of the best roses for dry gardens. It is evergreen in mild climates.
||Clustered, Multi-petaled, Double Flowers
||Rich green, Thorn-less
||Spring to Early Summer
||Climber, 15'-20'h x 6'-10'w
||Roses bloom the best in full sun. Choose a location with at least 6 hours of sun per day. Morning sun is more kind to the plant.
||Rich, sandy loam is the preferred soil for roses. Amend difficult soils with humus, or consider building up the beds to ensure good drainage. Roses will not tolerate soggy, wet roots. Provide a slow, deep soaking with each irrigation. Sandy soils require more watering than clay soils. Hot temperatures should prompt more frequent irrigation. Only wet the foliage in very early morning hours.
|Planting and Care Tip:
For best flowering, apply a balanced fertilizer and mulch in late winter or early spring. Protect from frost and cold drying winds. Any pruning carried out on this early-flowering, semi-evergreen rambler should be done immediately after flowering is finished in the spring. Propagate by hardwood cuttings in fall or by chip budding in summer.