Sunday, May 3, 2015
The Little Red Rose
The shade of larger plants nearby is often an advantage here. So the size of the miniature no longer works against it; instead it can flourish alongside (and under) bigger perennials, enjoying their protection from sun, wind, and heat. That, at least, is my theory at the moment!
Despite its early ill-health, its survival is probably due in part to the individual variety. "Daniela" shrieks vigour and sturdy growth. It is a tad larger in scale than the daintiest grocery store minis, though quite a low-growing plant. The blooms are two inches across or thereabouts. It is lightly fragrant, though I don't get down to check the scent very often!
All in all, it is turning out to be an excellent plant for the spot. As I say, I am thinking about slipping more of these into a few more "shady" spots when I can.