Comtesse du Cayla
For many, this is the best of all the Chinas. Purple, nodding stems carry large, loosely cupped flat blooms of carmin-tinged orange with yellow undersides. The highly-scented blooms are reminiscent of sweet peas and tea. The flowering season lasts as long as the warm summer weather permits. She does her best in full sun, looking straggly in the shade. The thin canes and glossy bronze-green foliage form a compact bush to 3 feet tall. This is an excellent rose to plant among perennials because of its handsome appearance and constant bloom. The cut flowers, especially if taken in bud, last a long time indoors. The countess, for whom this rose was named, was a mistress of Louis XVI of France.