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Sally Holmes Rose

Rosa 'Sally Holmes'

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Sally Holmes Rose (Rosa 'Sally Holmes') at Green Thumb Nursery

Sally Holmes Rose flowers

Sally Holmes Rose flowers

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Sally Holmes Rose (Rosa 'Sally Holmes') at Green Thumb Nursery

Sally Holmes Rose flowers

Sally Holmes Rose flowers

(Photo courtesy of Weeks Roses)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Group/Class:  Climbing Rose


A durable climber that produces large clusters of white single blooms with hints of pale pink; a stunning, fragrant addition to the garden; perfect for walls and trellises; prune this variety after blooming; very disease resistant and almost thornless

Ornamental Features

Sally Holmes Rose features showy lightly-scented white flowers with gold eyes and shell pink streaks along the branches from early to late summer, which emerge from distinctive peach flower buds. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The glossy oval compound leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Sally Holmes Rose is a multi-stemmed deciduous woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This woody vine will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Sally Holmes Rose is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sally Holmes Rose will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. As a climbing rose, it can be leggy near the base and may be concealed by underplanting with lower-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This woody vine should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features