- Class: Hybrid Musk
- Growth Habit: tall, bushy and upright
- Color: White
- Disease Resistance: 60 (out of 60)
- Flowering: 23 (out of 30)
- Fragrance: 7 (out of 10)
- Total Rating: 90 (out of 100)
This is one of my all-time favorite roses. Traditionally, when someone discovers a rose that can't be identified, they have the right to name the rose. 'Darlow's Enigma' was discovered circa 1995 by Mike Darlow, and he clearly couldn't discern much about its provenance, hence the name! No matter how this rose is identified, I am just thankful that it is around for gardeners to enjoy.
The reason I love this rose so much is its generosity in the landscape. I have grown 'Darlow's Enigma' in a multitude of gardens and it just keeps on giving. It grows quite tall and bushy, with a deep green foliage that is always healthy and vibrant. I don't think I have ever seen any black spot on this rose. The flowers are small, consisting of seven to eight petals that are arranged in the most charming way. They open flat to perfectly frame a burst of yellow stamens that seem to have so much presence and energy. The effect is magnified as the flowers are produced in clusters that follow one after another. The fragrance can be described as strong.