Fig. 1 Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'
Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksiae 'Lutea') is one of the first roses that blooms in my garden. Its dainty, soft yellow flowers come in clusters on long arching canes. This time of the year it provides a surprise spray of color in the 'Down Under' (part of the yard). It blooms profusely but only once a year.
Fig. 2 The fence provides a support for its arching slender canes.
Some of the cane lean against the fence on the eastern side of the yard. This rose could be trained onto an arbor or strong trellis.
Fig. 3 Canes drape on the nearby plum tree.
This year I allowed some canes to extend beyond to the height of the plum tree growing next to it. The delicate flowers cascading on the tree is a very pleasing sight (Fig. 3). However, knowing how aggressive this rose is, I prune it down every year. Discipline is required for this rose in order for the plum tree to thrive. There is mulberry tree nearby which shades it during part of the day and thus regulates its growth a little bit.
Fig. 4 Clusters of tiny soft yellow flowers.
Rosa 'Lady Banks' has small glossy leaves. In our area, the plant is evergreen and almost pest-free. The canes are vigorous growing more ten feet per growing season. The rose is almost thornless which makes it rank high on my list of preferred plants for my garden.
Rosa banksiae near a creek; my daughter following some ducks.
Named to honor the wife of an English botanist (Sir Joseph Banks 1743-1820), the Lady Banks rose is nobility in season.