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Sally Holmes

Type: Shrub

Large, tightly packed trusses of rich, ivory-white single 5" flowers (petals 8-12)with golden centers on a vigorous, continual blooming compact bush. `Sally Holmes' has proven to be one of the most outstanding shrub roses. It is now rated the second highest by the American Rose Society. A wonderful shrub rose that should be in the gardens of all those who love white roses. Over 60 blooms to a truss.

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 8.9
Bloom Type Clustered, Single
Breeder Code No
Characteristics Hips, Shade, Single
Specific Color Ivory-white with a golden center.
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Moderately Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 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 4-7' x 5-7'
Year 1976


Customer Reviews (9)

Lovely soft color, a beautyReview by Michael
Very nice stock delivered from Heirloom Roses. Began growing and blooming almost immediately. Big clusters of soft hued flowers that change as they age, delighting the eye. Just a stunning rose. I'm on the coast north of Half Moon Bay and this rose tolerates our fog without difficulty. (Posted on 9/29/2017)
fast grower but no bloomsReview by mnhla
Happy with the quick growth of the two Sally Holmes I bought 18 months ago but sadly they have never bloomed once. Lots of sunlight and water so I'm not sure what the problem is. (Posted on 2/17/2017)
Everything said about this rose is true.Review by Margaret L.
Everything previous reviewers have said is true. Sally is VERY BIG, and always beautiful. Planted on the North-East side of our house in foggy Berkeley, CA, she has some Eucalyptus trees to her East, and so never gets much in the way of direct sun. But she is covered with blooms for about two months, and then keeps putting out new sprays with blooms all along the boughs. I've never fed her, never sprayed her, and when we stopped sprinkling during our recent drought she was on her own. She did marvelously. She has a little blackspot on old branches, but nothing to worry about. She has a naturally graceful shape, so I don't bother to prune her, except when I want a spray for a vase, or want to keep her off the front porch. (Posted on 4/5/2016)
Amazingly beautiful!Review by Janet
I purchased my first Sally Holmes rose 13 years ago. For twelve years I enjoyed my Sally as it grew over six feet tall and bloomed several times per year. When I purchased a new home earlier this year I knew it wouldn't be complete until I planted a new Sally. Not only is this rose beautiful but is hardy and easy to grow. (Posted on 2/7/2016)
Exceeded my expectationsReview by Olivia
I bought two of these two years ago and planted. I thought when I got them they were very small and wondered how they would perform.
They are outrageous,beautiful, and such a joy to behold. They are just in full bloom and every morning I go out and admire.
Thank you Heirloom Roses for supplying such a wonderful product line. I am looking for more places in the yard to plant more! (Posted on 5/6/2014)
Traffic StoppingReview by linners
In my northern California garden, Sally literally stops traffic when in bloom. People are always asking about her. Of course, my shrub got very big, maybe because it has no support as a climber would, but its at least ten feet wide and tall.Shows up on Google Earth! Looks like a beautiful, huge bridal bouquet. In cool weather the flowers are tinged with pink. Very easy carefree plant! (Posted on 4/20/2014)
Single BeautyReview by Susan
If I could only have one rose, it would be this one. Quite shade tolerant, but the shadier, the more susceptible to black spot she is. Huge first flush, continual light bloom thereafter. The longest vase life of any rose since the tight buds will continue to open for days and days as you pick off the spent blossoms. Highly rated ARS, this is a Must Have rose. (Posted on 11/15/2013)
My favoriteReview by bmarie
I planted this rose after seeing it at Peninsula Park Rose Gardens in Portland OR. It is a repeat bloomer in my yard where it's against a west facing wall. I think it would be better if shaded from the hot afternoon sun which bleaches the pale pink blossoms to white. But the first show of blooms in the spring is amazing with the bush covered with flowers. It does keep blooming, has no disease problems and if you have the space, I recommend it very highly. (Posted on 9/18/2013)
An unforgettable roseReview by JenniferL
I grew Sally Holmes against a black iron fence in a very shady area, but right up by the road. Many folks stopped to admire her and ask for the name of the rose. She gave me many lovely bouquets too and all without much care or fuss. What a winner! (Posted on 5/12/2013)

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