Don Marshall Miniature Rose was introduced in 1985
by Ralph Moore. This rose tops out at about two
feet in height which is a nice manageable size, especially in smaller
gardens. It has multiple buds per stem and we have found it be disease
resistant. It is the color of Don Marshall that makes this such an
important rose. The photo does not do the color justice. It reminds us
of a dark maroon velvet.
Like all roses, miniature roses are sun loving and fairly
drought resistant. Plant in well drained soil and fertilize with an
organic fertilizer in the
spring. We prune out dead canes whenever we notice them and shape the
plant to the height and width we want in fall. All rose petals are
edible if grown organically and make attractive garnishes for salads.
They can be added after cooking to almost any dish. Whole buds can be
used to decorate cakes or other confections. Sample buds should be
pulled apart and inspected for insects before using on food.