Rosa “Dublin Bay”

I first spotted this lovely climbing rose in the rose gardens at RHS Wisley, where I was looking for a true, pure red. So often in roses you find reds that aren’t red at all – they’re orangey-red, or pinky-red, or scarlet (i.e. dark red). “Dublin Bay” comes as close as it’s possible to get to a clear, pure, red red. The only downside I can detect is that it doesn’t have any appreciable perfume. It’s a robust, healthy plant that grows lustily but remains well-behaved: a rare combination that makes this rose all the more covetable. Its strong stems are a dusky shade of purple when young, adding to the charm of what must be one of the best climbing roses available anywhere.