Described as: Rhapsody In Blue has fragrant, shiny purple flowers that fade to slate blue the closest thing yet to a blue rose. A healthy, robust grower that will make a tall, bushy shrub that repeats well. 4.5 ft x 3 ft.
When choosing roses to buy there are several criteria that help me make my decision. Firstly a rose should be deliciously perfumed; a rose without fragrance is like a wedding without the bride. It should be a beautiful colour (this really goes without saying); thirdly and this may seem strange, it is essential that the bloom is beautiful in bud, as it opens and in full flower, but also essential is how it dies! Rhapsody in Blue is almost more beautiful as it ages and turns a delightful fading grey-mauve.
I have 3 planted together in the left hand border; they were planted in May 2007. I have pruned them quite hard to produce very bushy plants but I will allow them to grow taller now they are strongly established.
It is one of my favourite roses.