We tried roses early in our gardening career, and quickly found that we just weren't 'rose people'. Black spot caused most of the foliage to drop off, leaving us with bald stems. Japanese Beatles ate holes in the blooms, and the aphids sucked the life of whatever was left. Once we found out how much work was involved in keeping roses attractive, we moved on to daylilies. Less problematic.
Out of more than a dozen original rose varieties....this one survived unscathed, and has lived happily in the same spot for over 20 years. Black spot doesn't affect it, aphids seem to avoid it, blooms are always perfect atop long stems....I LOVE IT!
Which befits this gorgeous thing....
because that's it's name...
One thing...to get a rose this impervious to pests and disease, one must give up something....this rose has no aroma.
(UPDATED IMAGE-taken in 2008 with Sony H50)