Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe -20° to -15°
Sunlight : Full Sun / Part ShadeMoisture : Moist but well-drainedSoil : Neutral / AlkalineSeason of interest : Summer - Autumn
Samaritan Jo is a medium-sized, deciduous climber to 1.5m in height with dark to mid-green leaves. The large, silvery-white star-shaped flowers, 10 to 15cm wide, have distinctive tapering petal tips, purple edges and a faint, pale-green central stripe. Flower stamens are pink-purple with yellow tips. Flowers are produced in early summer to late autumn.
2020 – Mid-February folded down to 50 cm . In bud at the beginning of April. First 2 flowers on April 29th. Very flowery in May (but does not reach the top of the trellis). Completely covered with flowers in May-June. On 1 July pruned down to about 60 cm. Beautiful regrowth and new flowering in September.
2019- Mid February folded down to 50 cm except one stem left at about 160 cm (to see). Anti-slugs at the base, to protect some new shoots at ground level. Beautiful shoots mid-March. Reaches the top of the trellis at the beginning of April, and in buds! Very beautiful development. May 12 treated OLIGOSOL B. Full flowering at the end of May, with some semi-double flowers. On 7 July pruned down to about 60 cm. Fed (horse manure) and watered to encourage eventual regrowth. Begins to regrow at the end of July. Very beautiful regrowth in mid-August. Beginning of new flowering in September. Full flowering in mid-September, spectacular… Faded in November.
2018.- Mid-February folded down to 50 cm mid-February (just above the buds that are starting to grow). Beautiful growth in April. In bud early May. First flowers mid May. Lovely flowering from the end of May. A little hidden by the white thalictrum which has grown a lot this season (140 cm high). On July 25th, folded down to about 60 cm. Fed (horse manure) and watered to encourage eventual regrowth. Small regrowth at the end of August. Beautiful regrowth in September. In bud at the end of September. First new flower on October 1st. A few stems withered in mid-October, worrying. On 16 October, the only withered stem is cut off at the base. See photos. Beautiful flowering afterwards until the end of October.
2017 – Bought at the Délices de Plantes festival in Cesson Sévigné on the Van Nuffelen brothers’ stand. Planted on 25 September at the foot of an extension of the “climbing rose” trellis of the western border. Eaten flowers (slugs?). Eaten horse manure at the foot at the end of October. Flowering finished at the end of October.