The gardener's eye

The Gardener's Eye

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

7 Brides for 7 Brothers

'Seven Sisters' Rose on the Shed

Close Up

I selected Rosa 'Seven Sisters' as my first rose because I read that it was often found scrambling over old foundations and cellar holes in derelict and abandoned home sites in New England. It sounded like a tough rose that wouldn't require any pesticides to keep it looking beautiful. I planted a pair on the trellised southern side of our shed. It did not disappoint.

'Seven Sisters' is a lovely rambling multiflora climber brought from China to Britain in the early 1800's. It got its name because the flower colors change over time opening a deep cerise-purple and fading to pink and eventually pale mauve. Mine don't seem to vary in color to such extremes but when this once-blooming rose blossoms it is the belle of the ball in the early July garden.


  1. I have had such poor luck with roses, maybe I could grow this one. It is beautiful in your photos. Your title got my attention and sparked my memory of an early favorite movie.

  2. I will do anything to get you to read this blog, Nellie. This is a pretty carefree rose. You might try growing a clematis in it to bloom later in the season.



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