Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Large: 4-5"
Bloom shape: Other: Saucer-shaped
Petal count: Single: 1-7 petals
Rose bloom color: White and white blend
Extra Bloom Info: In large clusters
Rebloom: Excellent
Class: Hybrid musk
Extra Color Info: White blend with pink shading
Growth Habit: Can be grown as climber, typically 6-12 feet
Fragrance: Mild
Misc: Thornless or almost thornless
Hybridizer & year: Robert A. Holmes, 1976
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 5 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 6-12 feet
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: Baden-Baden Gold Medal 1980; Great Plant Picks Winner 2007
Parentage: Ivory Fashion x Ballerina

Common names
  • Rose

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  • Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Sep 29, 2011 4:27 PM concerning plant:
    This rose has been popular ever since it came out in 1976. It's almost thornless, can take some shade, and blooms profusely and almost continuously. The canes are only pliable for a short time, so their training is necessarily a now-or-never process. The blooms are larger than average for a hybrid musk.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Feb 6, 2014 8:41 PM concerning plant:
    This rose is not happy in my garden, no doubt due to being planted in a much less than ideal spot. Therefore, it does not bloom very much for me. When it does, the flowers are lovely, a soft shade of off-white.

  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on Feb 11, 2013 9:03 PM concerning plant:
    Noted by Antique Rose Emporium:
    "Large (3 1/2 inch) ivory-white, single roses that are borne in expansive clusters are the signature of this rose. The clusters are seen as either huge tightly packed clusters or as smaller, looser clusters. Either presentation on this densely glossy green bush of up to 8 feet is a show stopping experience for the passersby."

    I have seen several Sally Holmes shrubs here locally, one garden had an entire row along a fence making a lovely hedge, especially in full bloom! I love the single blooms in large clusters and cute pretty pointed apricot buds. One branch is a whole bouquet for the house!

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