Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’

single pink modern rose

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

'Sally Holmes' is noted for its fragrant, single flowers of soft white, opening from pale salmon-pink buds. These are produced in massive trusses of up to fifty flowers. The shrub is compact with an upright habit and glossy foliage. It is adaptable and can be grown in a container, as a hedge or trained against a wall or pillar. It makes a good cut flower. Plant it with small clematis, sweet peas, peach-colored lilies and any other plants with pale yellow flowers, to complement the stamens of 'Sally Holmes'. A cross between 'Ivory Fashion' and 'Ballerina', this rose was introduced by Holmes in 1976 and has won many awards.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 9 ft. 0 in. (2.74 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: purple, pink, lavender, yellow

Culture Notes
This vigorous rose flowers best in full sun with rich well-drained or sandy soil, but it will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. It is a heavy feeder and benefits from a regular application of fertilizer. Provide regular watering during dry weather to encourage lush growth and repeat flowering. It can be lightly pruned in the late fall or early winter to protect from winter wind damage. Major pruning to develop the shape of the plant should be done in early spring when the leaves are beginning to show green. It has good disease resistance.
Geek Notes
white. single. Holmes 1976.