Category English Roses (English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Colour Red / Crimson
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Medium Shrub
Special Characteristics 3 x 3.5ft.
A dark crimson rose, with rather loosely formed flowers that open wide and hang elegantly. They have a special character of their own, reminiscent of the flowers of tree peonies, as sometimes depicted on fabrics and wallpapers. There is a light Old Rose fragrance. ‘The Dark Lady’ forms a shapely, bushy shrub with spreading growth. It is small at first but over time becomes quite large, reaching a medium height. It bears attractive, large, dark green leaves which are rough in texture, resembling those of its Rosa rugosa parentage. It is particularly happy in warmer, Mediterranean-type climates. The name is taken from the mysterious Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets.