Alba roses are most easily recognized by their soft grey-green foliage that tends to droop down, and are characterised by their blooms that appear in a single but beautiful flush in mid-summer. They are vigorous growers making an upright shrub or loose climber to about 2.5m, and resist the attacks of pests and diseases. They require only the minimum of care, being very hardy, and will tolerate being grown in shade better than most other types of roses. Alba roses date back to the Middle Ages, and probably arose from hybridisation between Rosa canina ('Dog' rose) type, and a 'Gallica' or 'Damask' type of rose. They are always white (hence their name 'Alba') or pale-pink flowered, and sweetly scented with few thorns.
For planting advice, see Planting Containerised Roses - RV Roger Ltd
For pruning advice, see A Guide to Pruning Roses - RV Roger Ltd
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