I was walking around the main rose bed, surveying all the new little buds and blooms, the companion plantings, and the few weeds that had emerged. This is a daily ritual, and I usually saunter through slowly. Completely absorbed in each plant as they came into my sight, I was taken completely by surprise. I turned a corner and - BAM - I got slapped in the face!
All of a sudden, the rose Mutabilis was in front of me. Startled, I took a step back. The whole bush was in bloom! It was covered from head to toe with colorful, open blooms. Just yesterday it only had buds. But today - BAM - full bloom!!!! And what a sight to see!
Mutabilis is known as the Butterfly Rose. It has open, delicate blossoms that change color from apricot to pink, then rose, then mauve. Many times you will see individual blooms with multiple colors on the petals!
It will grow large - mine is over 5 ft tall, and I have it in a corner where it can grow as large as it wishes. In fact, in the South, it is sometimes seen pruned into a small tree. To give you an idea of how fast Mutabilis grows, I've probably had mine in the ground about 3 years. I expect it to grow to around 10 ft. at maturity.
Not only is this rose beautiful, but Mutabilis is an easy rose to grow. Grown in zones 7 to 10, I only worry about it when it gets too cold. But so far, it has not been damaged by the freezes we have had.
Another great asset of Mutabilis is that it is evergreen. If you are located in the right zones, I highly recommend this rose. If you want, place it in a corner where you will be slapped in the face by its beauty as you walk by!
This post is being linked to Cottage Flora Thursdays. Have a look there at what's blooming in other gardener's gardens!