Monday, August 26, 2013

Innocencia Vigorosa

'Innocencia Vigorosa', the tag said.  I thought to myself.  Vigorosa - sounds like vigorous?  Innocencia - for the white blooms?  "I could use a white, vigorous rose!"  So, in the cart it went, and off to my garden.


That was several years ago, and I have not been disappointed in this rose.  I'm not sure that Innocencia Vigorosa was named to mean a white, vigorous rose, but that's exactly what it is.


Look at all the buds!

Innocencia Vigorosa

It is a big bloomer, but not a big bush.  Innocencia Vigorosa (also known just as Innocencia) grows only to about 2 ft high by 2 ft wide.  The best part?  This rose is very resistant to blackspot and rust, and the foliage is always beautiful and dark green.  I have two planted in this 12 ft long bed, in front of the rose Lions Fairy Tale.


This rose is a part of the Vigorosa collection from Kordes.  They have one in almost every color imaginable.  Their website says "These are more robust, healthier and more floriferous varities which will delight every gardener."  I believe they're exactly right!


If you're looking for a small but beautiful and vigorous white rose, I would definitely recommend this one.  The name says it all!


These photos were taken earlier in the year, but Innocencia Vigorosa is starting to gear up in my garden for a fabulous autumn show.  I can't wait to see it!

45 comments:

  1. Such a beauty with those golden stamens! Love it! Thanks.

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  2. It's a beauty, Holley! And resistant to black spot and rust--wow! Did you say it has a scent, too? Beautiful!

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    1. I forgot to mention scent, because it has just a very slight one. Nothing really to write home about! But I adore its blooms anyway.

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  3. It's a lovely Rose and the best part of course is no black spot. I love whites in the garden as they are so noticeable during the evening hours.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. You are right. These are planted near the moonflower vine, so I really should take more evening walks out there to admire them.

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  4. Wow, it looks spectacular with all those blooms!

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    1. I don't think I've ever had a rose with so many blooms all at once. The number of buds on each stem is incredible.

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  5. What a lot of blooms for such a small bush. I like this rose with its yellow stamens, simple yet oh so lovely and no black spot or rust. That's great!

    FlowerLady

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    1. Yes, it's not a frilly rose, but one that is definitely cheerful. I have been pleasantly surprised by its performance.

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  6. That's a beauty! I like its quiet simplicity but it still has that pow factor.

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    1. I agree with you. Just enough petals to make it interesting, but I love the way it's open to reveal those pretty stamens.

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  7. I've been growing this rose for a few years, but I must say, yours is more vigorous than mine! Right now I have just a few blooms, but it does not get full sun. Your photos of it are so nice!

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    1. Mine are in full sun - and in Texas, that means it really, really likes the sun! :O

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  8. That is a beautiful rose. My grandmother always said every garden needs a touch of white. I must give it a try since it is resistant to black spot!

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    1. I think you'll like it! I especially love its small size.

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  9. I don't think they could get much more floriferous! They look like they are the perfect size, too. You made a wise choice!

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    1. Sometimes it's hard to find roses that don't get to be monsters! This is a nice choice for a small space.

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  10. Innocencia Vigorosa I do not know this rose, but she looks beautiful innocent white and healthy.

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    1. She is all those things! A nice combination to have!

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  11. Holley - Did you ever do a post on how to prune the roses to get nicely shaped bushes? I seem to need that info...

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    1. No, but maybe I'll do one this spring. I've always had a difficult time trying to compose a post because I have so many different classes of roses, and I prune them differently. Every time I go to write a post about it, I get bogged down in details. But I'll keep trying to get get my thoughts down in an organized manner!

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  12. It's beautiful, and from your description it might be enough to tempt me to try roses again. I have been steering clear ever since the rose rosette disease incident.

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    1. Honestly, I have quit buying more roses because of it, too. I'm just waiting for my garden to get hit, as I know it's just a matter of time. I'm hoping it will just pass through then we won't see any more of it.

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  13. Reading this post, I'm thinking how important it is just to try plants out, take a chance, like you did in this case, Holley. Sometimes it works out - like this one did, but sometimes it doesn't. I love that kind of blowsy rose with the gold stamens.

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    1. The gold stamens really add a touch of beauty that would be lost without them! They make the rose positively glow!

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  14. Reading this post, I'm thinking how important it is just to try plants out, take a chance, like you did in this case, Holley. Sometimes it works out - like this one did, but sometimes it doesn't. I love that kind of blowsy rose with the gold stamens.

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  15. A real beauty in true white! I can see why you love it!

    Sheryl @ Flowery Prose

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    1. I've been meaning to do a post on this rose for a while. Every time I walk by, there are an abundance of blooms to see!

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  16. I always enjoy hearing about a nice low-growing rose. My low-growing winner this summer is Marie Daly. I just planted Borderer to try also.

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    1. I always wanted Marie Daly, but I don't have this rose. Maybe one day. Right now, I'm beginning to run out of room for more roses! Gasp! ;)

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  17. Holley, you have lovely roses! The buds are really wonderful!

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    1. It's amazing how many buds this rose produces!

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  18. I love white flowers, and especially roses, your 'Innocencia Vigorosa' is just lovely! A rose that is resistant to black spot is a great bonus, it is a difficult thing to deal with, especially over here where the winters are too mild to kill the spores. This summer has not been too bad, the weather has been hot and dry and that’s making life difficult for black spot, but I still got some.

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    1. Our winters are mild, but our summers are too hot for blackspot. Still, that is the one disease resistance I look for first in a rose!

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  19. Lovely blooms and a lot of bang for the buck. Glad to see I'm not the only one who shops for plants like that! Jeannine

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    1. haha - I look at plant shopping as an adventure! :) I have been known to get some really bad plants, but they don't last long in my non-pampering environment!

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  20. I recently picked up Sugar Moon from Chamblee's. It's white, upright and has a lovely, lovely scent. I like upright roses--my plan is to always plant more!

    Do you have on your schedule to attend the Rose Celebration at Farmer's Branch? I don't know if I can post a link here but you can always search it. The slate of speakers is fantastic!

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    1. I'm not certain if I will attend or not, but thanks so much for reminding me! I'm putting it on my calendar! :)

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  21. And it is hardy to zone 5. I have thought about adding white roses to my white garden. It is a hodge podge and needs some more form and evergreens with white roses I think...thanks for the recommendation for this rose.

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    1. I think an addition of a white rose would be wonderful. And some evergreens would help give it some structure and form in the winter. I bet you could find some evergreens that bloom white, too! Your white garden sounds lovely.

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