Updated: Aug 16, 2021
Truly one of my favorites, Rosa 'Sally Holmes' is a conversation piece. People who see it for the first time ask if it is a dogwood or a rhododendron. Those who think it's a dogwood see the simple flower and its color; rhodie people see the clusters of flowers, which from a distance do indeed look like a clump of rhododendron blooms. The sweet little rosebuds and compound leaves give this rose away, not to mention they love growing in full sun. The plant is quite versatile; leave it alone and it becomes a rank bramble or small climber. I prefer to prune it hard each year, which typically contains the form as a large shrub. A repeat bloomer, it will duly reward gardeners with a show stopping display.