Best grown in medium moisture, slightly acidic, well-drained garden loams in full sun to part shade. 'Zephirine Drouhin' is noted for its shade tolerance. Best flowering and disease resistance generally occur in full sun, however. Water deeply and regularly (mornings are best). Avoid overhead watering. Good air circulation promotes vigorous and healthy growth and helps control foliar diseases. Summer mulch helps retain moisture, keeps roots cool and discourages weeds. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Crowns need winter protection in cold winter areas such as St. Louis. Remove and destroy diseased leaves from plants, as practicable, and clean up and destroy dead leaves from the ground around the plants both during the growing season and as part of a thorough cleanup during winter (dormant season). Prune as needed in late winter to early spring.
'Zephirine Drouhin' is an old Bourbon rose from 1868. It is typically grown in two different forms: (1) large-flowered climbing rose to 12' tall or (2) large shrub rose usually pruned to about 6' tall. Graham Thomas expresses the opinion that this rose is best grown as a climber. Features profuse, sweetly scented, semi-double, dark pink blooms (3.5-4" diameter) from May to frost on prickle-free canes and stems. Foliage emerges with a bronze-purple tinge, but matures to a semi-glossy rich green. Purplish canes may be quite attractive in winter after foliage drop.
Roses are susceptible to a large number of diseases, the most common of which are black spot, powdery mildew, rust and rose rosette. Although good cultural practices are the first line of defense in disease control, regular preventative fungicide applications throughout the growing season are usually required, particularly in humid climates with regular rainfall such as the St. Louis area. Potential insect problems include aphids, beetles, borers, scale, thrips, rose midges, leafhoppers and spider mites. Local rose associations and extension services are usually able to offer specific recommendations and advice for selecting and growing roses.
When trained as a large-flowered climber, this rose may be grown on walls, arbors, trellises, along fences or around pillars. When pruned as a shrub, this rose may be grown as a specimen or in small groups in borders, cottage gardens, foundations or rose gardens. Shrub form is also effective as an informal hedge.