A rose that was bred back in 1858. by Jean Alexandre Bernaix in Lyon, Souvenir de Mme Leonie Viennot is best described as a rambling climber.
Large coppery pink flowers with a good honey scented fragrance make this a good rose for those with the space. This is a Tea rose that flowers early in spring with spot flowering right through to summer.
How to grow
- A position in good sun is essential for good flowering, a little afternoon shade in hotter climates is OK.
- Choose a humus rich soil with good drainage.
- You will need some form of support for this climbing rose.
- Dig in some well rotted cow manure before planting.
- Plant and water in well with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool moist root run.
- Water during the first summer during dry spells.
- Prune as required in the same manner as any other climbing rose.
- Fertilise each year with any organic fertiliser or specialist rose fertiliser.
Use it along a fence or wall or train it over a trellis, just give it room and it will thrive. It it thorny so will certainly act as good barrier.
Try going it up and over a garden shed to create a great effect.
So who was Mme Leonie Viennot ?
From what we can glean she was the wife of Jean Alexandre Bernaix and he named the rose after her.