Midnight Blue

The Midnight Blue looks very similar to the Burgundy Iceberg. However, it has a stronger, spicier scent, and a lot less thorns.

I think the name is a little bit of a misnomer.  To me it is more of a deeper purple than anything.  It still can look terrific though, just be aware of the color you’re getting.  Some specimens though can get very dark, although it seems to depend a little bit on the climate you are in.  A cooler climate should give darker colors.

It’s a shrub rose but can easily be tailored to work well on borders or as a hedge.  It has a great spicy scent.  Probably not the best for cut flowers, as it doesn’t have that long stem you need for a vase.  Personally, I’m not a big fan of darker flowers in a vase or bowl either, but that’s just me.

While it’s only rated from zones 6-9 or 10, depending on who you talk to, it seems to give darker colors and larger blooms in the colder areas.  It will grow everywhere from Canada down to Texas with the right care.  Hot weather seems to make it fade a little bit.  You can provide normal pruning and deadheading to encourage regrowth.

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