'Perle des Jardins'

(Pronounced: PERL des Zhar-Deen)

ALSO KNOWN AS:

'Perle des Jardins'

 

'Perle des Jardins'

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The blooms of 'Perle des Jardins' are typical of the old fashioned tea roses. They open full and usually reflex and quarter slightly. In its day, it was considered to be one of the finest yellow roses ever raised.

 

'Perle des Jardins'

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The blooms are very tight when they first open and simply packed to overflowing with tissue-paper thin petals. This gives a marvellous flower in hot dry weather, but the blooms have a tendency to ball in wet weather.

 

'Perle des Jardins'

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The growth habit of 'Perle des Jardins' is upright and bushy, with dark green foliage and an abundance of blooms borne on the top of the plant.

 
 

 
GENERAL
INFORMATION:

'Perle des Jardins' is a canary-yellow early tea rose with beautiful, fragrant, medium-sized, slightly reflexed, double, flowers. The blooms repeat well throughout the growing season, but fail to open properly in damp weather.

This tendency to ball has lead to the relative unpopularity of this rose in recent years.

The stems are stronger than usually found in tea roses, and this characteristic made 'Perle des Jardins' very popular as a cut flower when it was introduced.

 
BOTANICAL
GROUP:

Chinensis

 
GROUP:

OGR

 
CLASS:

T

 
SEED
PARENT:

Sport of 'Mme. Falcot' seedling  

POLLEN
PARENT:

 

BREEDER:

Levet, F.  

INTRODUCED:

'Perle des Jardins' was introduced by Levet (France) in 1874.  

DATE:

1874 [ France ]  

PLANT SIZE
AND FORM:

Height:    4 '     to    6 '           Width:    3 '     to    4 '



'Perle des Jardins' forms a spreading bush with a width about 2/3 its height. It can grow to heights between 3' and 5', but occasional specimens have be noted with heights approaching 7'.  

FOLIAGE
DESCRIPTION:

The foliage is dark green and glossy, with a slightly crinkled texture. The new shoots are plum-colored.

 
FOLIAGE
FRAGRANCE:

None.  

BLOOM
FREQUENCY:

C - Continuous. 'Perle des Jardins' starts blooming in mid-spring (April in the Texas Hill Country) and repeats throughout the growing season with short intervals of rest.

 
BLOOM
DESCRIPTION:
Flower Size:    4.00"      to      4.50"           Cluster Size:    2      to      4           Petal Count:    50 to 60          

'Perle des Jardins' flowers are medium-sized (2-1/2" to 3-1/2"). The pointed buds open to full straw-colored yellow flowers. The flowers are very double tangles of petals, some of which reflex and others of which roll into points.

The stamen area is relatively small and appears as a dark eye set against the light yellow petals. Blooms may appear singly or in clusters of three or four.

 
BLOOM
COLOR:

ly - Light yellow. 'Perle des Jardins' blooms are canary yellow when they open and fade somewhat to straw yellow. The yellow coloration is typically darker in the center.

In cool weather the blooms are a dark canary-yellow but they are much lighter in hot sunny weather.

 
COLOR VARIATION:

The blooms fade to a lighter shade of yellow in sunlight or hot weather.  

FRAGRANCE:

VF - Very fragrant. 'Perle des Jardins' has a good tea fragrance.

 
HIPS:

None observed.

 
CLIMATE:

Zones 7 - 9  

CULTURE:

'Perle des Jardins' has relatively slender growth but it is fairly hardy. Specimens have been found in cemeteries and at abandoned home sites where they have flourished without any noticeable care.

The plant is generally very disease resistant.

 
PROPAGATION:

'Perle des Jardins' can be propagated by ground layering, air-layering, or by cuttings.

 
OTHER
CHARACTERISTICS:


    ** Requires sunny location to thrive
    ** Suitable for growing in pots
    ** Suitable for growing in greenhouses
    ** Availability is limited

'Perle des Jardins' blooms fail to open properly in damp weather.

 
ANECDOTAL
INFORMATION:

There is a climbing sport that is hardier than the bush form of 'Perle des Jardins'.

 
REFERENCES:

American Rose Society. Modern Roses 10. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 1993, p. 443.

American Rose Society. Modern Roses XI. Shreveport, Louisiana: American Rose Society. 2000, p. 447.

Antique Rose Emporium. The Antique Rose Emporium 1988 Catalog. Independence, Texas: Antique Rose Emporium. 1988, p. 35.

Beales, Peter. Classic Roses. New York: Henry Holt & Company. 1997, p. 9, 388.

Druitt, Liz. The Organic Rose Garden. Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company. 1996, pp. 99, 163.

Welch, William C.. Antique Roses for the South. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1990, pp. 153.

Welch, William C.. Perennial Garden Color. Dallas: Taylor Publishing. 1989, pp. 214, 239.