I just love New Dawn.
I love the soft, delicate, pink colour of its blooms and the fact that they are borne on a large rambling plant that is as tough as nails. I don’t love the long thorny canes that catch you as you walk past, though.
New Dawn ranks among the most popular roses grown today and I can understand why; it certainly has a lot going for it.
It flowers very profusely in spring and then repeats throughout summer and autumn. The flowers have a lovely scent and are semi-double. They are borne in clusters on stems long enough for cutting and the flowers last remarkably well in a vase. I kept this bunch in a vase for nearly a week and that included the 3 hour car trip to Perth.
New Dawn has been described as one of the best climbers due to its quick and abundant repeat-flowering.
New Dawn is a very vigorous climbing bush that throws out long arching canes. Its foliage is dark green and glossy and it is disease free. It needs little pruning but I find it does need tying back to the fence, or support it is supposed to be growing against, otherwise it could become unruly. I wouldn’t plant it on a walkway or in a narrow, confined space. It can easily climb to 6 metres and its canes are extremely prickly. New Dawn is reportedly excellent as a weeping standard because of its long trailing growth.
New Dawn is a climbing Hybrid Tea rose. Sally Allison, in her book, Climbing & Rambling Roses, notes that there would be no other rose involved more in the breeding of modern climbing and rambling roses.
New Dawn was elected to the World Rose Hall of Fame in 1997. It was introduced by Dreer, USA, in 1930.