'The Alexandra Rose,' survived for several years in my garden growing in dry shade. You know roses aren't supposed to do that. It still bloomed and remained disease-free. Deer eat the buds off occasionally, but don't seem to bother it as much as other roses. You could say it's a tough plant, but then that's pretty much the only kind I have!
Over time some trees have been pruned, others removed and there is a healthier amount of sun in Alexandra's part of the garden. That, combined with rain falling again after a long drought, has made her bushier, more floriferous and an all-around fluffy shade of lovely.
Alexandra's single flowers with prominent stamens give her a slightly wilder, more natural look which is pleasing -- like she's wearing less make up than, say, a hybrid tea (the Barbie of roses) or a bourbon (the floozy of roses). For me she blooms most heavily in the spring and fall but there will be a few blooms in the summer, too. The color is best when it's cooler.
Alexandra's subtle colors and fragrance are best appreciated up close, so bouquets are nice. Mix a few herbs in, like lavender, lemon balm, feverfew and bronze fennel and you have fresh and fragrant tussie-mussie to enjoy or give away.
My plant came from Wayside Gardens, which has a nice selection of roses for the south, but no longer carries this one. David Austin Roses will ship one to you if you decide you need one for yourself.