William Shakespeare 2000’s’ exquisite blooms are of the richest velvety crimson and over time gradually change to an equally rich purple. They are deeply cupped at first, the flowers soon opening out to form shallow, quartered cups. This rose has the strong, warm Old Rose fragrance that we expect, but do not always find, in deep red roses. Plant in a pure rose border or amongst other plants and perennials in a mixed border.
Roses prefer a soil which has good water holding capacity but is never waterlogged. A clay loam is ideal but roses will grow in most soils. Improve light soils by digging in plenty of compost and prepare the ground by deep digging prior to planting.
Roses love lots of sun but they will be fine with some afternoon shade. Five hours of sunlight is adequate. Most roses won’t do well in a very windy position but they do need good ventilation. An overcrowded situation makes them more susceptible to disease.
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