Parade is a rose that should definitely be marching (or maybe climbing) straight into your garden and up any available column, pergola or wall that you have. Its stunning, deep pink, large, double formations aka blooms are show stoppers worthy of Trooping the Colour status, although the thirty-three petals in each flower look far too relaxed and fluttery to be anything but 'at ease'. Producing clusters of flowers over the flowering season and well into early autumn with only a few defensive thorns in its armoury, the Parade rose also deploys a highly effective but youthful and light fragrance. Naturally it is resistant to mildew, scab and the other horrors of roses ensuring a stunning spectacle and making it a thoroughly dependable rose.
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The Parade Rose really does know how to strut its stuff but military discipline dictates that it is never out of control, maintaining a manageable size at all times. Its impeccable mid-pink would flatter a plethora of other pink roses like Rosa Perennial Blush or for a more vigorous and double-white combination, try intertwining Rose Parade with Rosa Madame Alfred Carriere over a pergola. Any of the smaller, green-leaved ornamental crabapples like Malus Red Sentinel or a pear like Beth would be beautified by its generous pink flowers or you can think in a more succession planning way so that Rosa Parade takes over from the racemes of Wisteria macrobotrys.
The Rose Parade is perhaps more famous in America certainly as a celebration of the New Year that takes place in Santa Rosa, California where every float has to include at least one rose for the judges to consider it a valid entry. Initiated to celebrate the beauty of the Sonoma valley and sponsored by Honda this is one place where the Parade Rose would really be at home.