Darlow's Enigma

Type: Rambling Rose

Pure white semi-double 1 1/2" blooms (petals 5-8) that open flat to show golden centers are produced in clusters on a continually blooming bush.

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$38.00
(Gallon Pot)

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Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU RR785
Alternate Name(s) Cascadia
Specifc ARS Score 8.4
Bloom Type Clustered, Flat, Single
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Fragrance, Hips, Shade, Single
Specific Color White/yellow center
Country of Origin No
Fragrance Very Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 4 (-30° to -20°), 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 10-12' x 10'
Year No

Reviews

Customer Reviews (31)

Happy Wanderer of a Rose!Review by Karen
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I live in Templeton, CA 93465 which is I think Zone 9b with soil neutral at 6.9.
I planted Darlow's Enigma to grow over a water tank. It is by far growing faster than I could have hoped, and blooming happily all the while I might add! This is a great addition to our farm property. I have just ordered another one!

Love love love this rose. (Posted on 7/11/2018)
BombproofReview by Frenchtearose
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We have grown this rose from 1986 in Bothell washington to now in S.W France. It has always been very vigorous in all climate. Fragrance of plant hangs in the air. Also known as Snowstorm bred by William Paul at beginning of 20th century (Posted on 6/18/2018)
Huge and SpectacularReview by myrtle
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We planted one in the shade 20 years ago. Loved it and got another one about 5 years ago. Both are about 20 feet tall and 15 - 20 ' wide. They have support up to around 12' but go straight on up from there. HUGE! So give them space. The flowers are packed tightly in clusters and cover the bush in Spring so the small size of each bloom is not an issue, then they repeat bloom some throughout the Summer. Ours have a very light fragrance but not what I would call 'very' fragrant. (Posted on 6/2/2018)
Love this roseReview by Mary
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In zone 7-8. Have one planted by the driveway ...and 2 in the backyard. At least 10 yrs old. Can prune severely and they just bounce back. The bees love it.....the scent travels 10 ft away on a warm day and the single petal roses are beautiful in their simplicity.l The birds love to hide in them for safety then visit the bird feeder. Bushes can grow very large just like the other folks say. I hope to always have this rose wherever I live. (Posted on 5/22/2018)
Love this roseReview by Robin
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Zone 5A, growing in 2/3 shade near Cleveland, looks and smells fantastic. In half sun, the same. Saw it also in New Orleans (!) at the Botanic Garden -- looks good, but mine in Cleveland are happier! (Posted on 3/24/2018)
Super performer and so easy to grow!Review by Islandbird
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I've had this rose in several parts of the country and several zones. It has performed very well in all. It is currently planted on a Maine island, where the icy winds blow hard all winter and the temps seldom rise above 70 degrees at any time. It is one rose that truly blooms continuously and is often the last rose blooming in the garden. This past year it bloomed until November. Its first flush is extraordinarily floriferous and is accompanied by a wonderful fragrance, noticeable from 10 feet away. The bees and other pollinators love this rose, and it is also easy to propagate from cuttings. It takes a lot of abuse from the coastal weather and never gets black spot or mold. It just keeps on pumping out the flowers from June (here in the northern part of the US) to the first hard frost! (Posted on 2/3/2018)
ImpressiveReview by Paula
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Was a little nervous planting this in summer heat, but it started blooming before I even had a chance to get it into the ground and grew about a foot in 4 months! Very hardy, despite my windy waterfront location. Really excited to see this take off next year. Amazing scent and quite popular with the honeybees and butterflies! (Posted on 10/3/2017)
Continuous, Fragrant Bloom all SummerReview by Sarah
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One of my favorite roses! I first saw Darlow's Enigma blooming at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Had to grow it myself, and I was not disappointed.

It is a large rose, so be prepared. It blooms from early summer until frost, and is exceptionally fragrant in the morning, especially. Bees love it.

We grew one on a large pergola at our last place of residence, and we will be planting one in our new location this fall. (Posted on 9/14/2017)
ExplosiveReview by Lisa P
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I love this explosive rose! Within days or arrival it was already sending out new green leaves. Within just a couple of weeks it was well on its way, and It's now tripled in size. This rose has had continuous clusters of small, brilliantly white flowers all summer long! It also smells fantastic. I wish I'd planted it closer to our deck so I could smell it from there, but I don't dare try to transplant this one (the other reviewers are quite right--its thorns are wicked!) I'll likely just go ahead and order another to plant closer to the deck. Absolutely no regrets about this rose, it was worth every cent. (Posted on 9/6/2017)
Foolproof shrub roseReview by Brierwood
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We planted two Darlows at our front gate in the country about twenty years ago. To say they are beautiful, fragrent , deer proof, disease proof and really foolproof is putting it mildly. Absolutely incredible huge shrub rose completely covered in small ivory single roses all summer long. Moved and had to leave them behind. So wish I had space for one now. Mine got ten feet tall x ten feet wide. Fit fine out in the country but have no space for one now. If you have the room, get one. You will not regret it. (Posted on 8/24/2017)
One in sun, 2nd in shade....look greatReview by David
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We ordered 2 of these last year. This is the first full growing season, and they are growing just fine. They look great, one is placed against the front of the house on a trellis, in partial sun. The 2nd is in a fence corner, on a trellis in full sun. We are in Southern New Hampshire, zone 6. (Posted on 6/16/2017)
Hardy and Huge!Review by HNS
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My Mom planted a Darlow's Enigma in Central Oregon about 10 years ago; it is huge (at least 8 feet tall and almost as wide) and sprawling over the deck. The rose gets heavily pruned to about 4 feet every couple of years to keep it under control. It is always covered in blooms and the fragrance is heady. We adore this very hardy rose with its wonderful scent, and it does really well in our harsh high desert climate. In comparison, New Dawn and Morning has Broken, both lovely roses, are planted in the same bed, and although both survive, neither has thrived here. If you have the space for a big shrub, and are willing to prune occasionally, Darlow's Enigma comes highly recommended!
(Posted on 6/9/2017)
spectacular rose!Review by drjeanne315
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Bought one of these initially, then 2 more - and one grew a seedling that came up thru paving stones. That little shoot is now in its 3rd year, and it's a beautiful shrub 5 ft tall and wide with cascading branches. The others are on trellises, over 8 ft tall. Size easily controlled by pruning. Wanted to move one this year, cut canes back to 3 feet and transplanted in early April, root ball was not gigantic and it is doing beautifully. I have a lot of shade tress and poor luck with other roses due to insufficient sun - but these are amazing! Everything I hoped for and more. (Posted on 6/5/2017)
Fabulous, Fragrant, Continuous Bloom til FrostReview by Sarita in Colorado
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I saw this rose at the Denver Botanic Gardens growing on a huge trells mixed with sunset-colored honeysuckle and wisteria. Had to have it....

Planted a similar combination on the corners of a pergola, and it did not disappoint. A beautiful, super vigorous, fragrant (esp in the morning) rose that blooms all summer til frost. Adore it! Definitely be sure you have room for it and strong support. (Posted on 3/16/2017)
Scents the whole gardenReview by Susanna
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Planted three years ago; now covers the whole side of the little barn. Gets morning sun. Blooms continually. If I had a place to put it, I'd definitely have another. Purchased one for a friend; she is entirely pleased as well. Hers grows against a block wall in full sun. (Posted on 1/3/2017)
successful rose!Review by alice
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This is my most successful rose ever!
I've grown it everywhere,even on a north facing wall in Santa Fe;NM.
I love the name too. (Posted on 4/14/2016)
perfectly fabulousReview by Kisa
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I adore this rose. Fragrant, beautiful, tough, vigorous, thrives in zone 5 in nearly full shade. (Posted on 6/11/2014)
Love this rose!Review by Chris CM
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I have 2 of these. They've been growing on my fence for the past 12'ish years and I love them! They've survived abuse and freezes and just come back stronger. They're outside our kitchen slider, and at night we can't see the bush just the flowers. They look like little twines of light. The fragrance is wonderful and attracts many bees when they are in bloom. A word of caution: Make sure that you have them on a sturdy trellis because they're heavy when they take off. (Posted on 5/27/2014)
Beautiful, but lack of heat affects bloomsReview by Monica
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I live in northern California 1/2 mile from the ocean, and temps here are fairly cool and foggy, even in summer. It is planted in a location that gets about 4 hours of morning sun, and while the foliage grew at an astounding rate, it stubbornly refused to bloom for the first 2 years. This spring has been one of the warmest on record for my area, and now, in its third year, it is covered in blooms. If I had it to do over, I would put it where it gets more afternoon sun so as to soak up as much of the heat as possible. Overall, though, it is healthy and trouble-free, and the scent right by the living room window is heavenly! (Posted on 5/25/2014)
yikes!Review by rose petaled fan
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Take the size descriptions literally .These "things" have gone crazy! Climbing over and covering the golden chain trees they were planted by and dwarfing them.They need to be transplanted, but are huge with nasty thorns. So, some day we will get brave, cut them back, and try maybe, to move them to a better spot.They were put in a temporary spot and liked it and took off. We planted 3 of them help! I fear the root balls are huge maybe too huge for us to move. As far as smell goes mine seem mild.Huh? They are around 7 years old and have little more fragrance, maybe in too much shade. I now think a rose I planted years ago is Darlow"s Enigma. Same leaf and flower and spread with a huge trunk like a tree. That was supposed to be a Bankseia type. Oh well, they are pretty spectacular in bloom, even if they need a better spot. But they do spread to 10 by 10 feet! (Posted on 5/23/2014)

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