There is something wonderfully romantic about old-fashioned roses, famed for their amazing fragrance and beautiful flowers. ‘Comte de Chambord’ is a genuinely old Damask rose, first introduced in 1860, and it has been hugely successful ever since.
This is a deciduous rose, so it’ll lose all of its leaves in autumn, with fresh new foliage appearing the following spring and quickly covering the thorny stems, just in time for the flower buds start growing.
The huge lilac-pink flowers that grow to 10cm (4in) across are fully double and absolutely packed with petals, bursting open in from June to September, and as you’d expect from an old rose, they have the most sublime, sweet and heady fragrance.
Supplied as a freshly potted, professional quality plant in a 3L pot, growing to a height of 1.2m (4ft) and a width of 90cm (3ft).
Supplied as an established plant in a 3L pot, ready for immediate planting.
To prune, just remove any dead, dying, damaged and diseased stems and also deadhead regularly.
Traditionally, you would cut just above a leaf joint with a sloping cut away from the bud, however, this isn't necessary, and don’t worry about pruning too much - roses are very resilient and will grow back.
When pruning, make sure that your secateurs are clean and sharp to prevent squashing stems and introducing disease.
Add mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help the plant establish quicker.