This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We want nothing worse in the gardens of the Northern States. Our improved prairie roses are beautiful while they last, as is the old crimson Boursault, and others; but when we come to ever-bloomers we have to take the strong growing Noisettes, which are more or less injured in severe weather. Of Bourbons we have Gloire de Bosamond tolerably hardy; but after all these are rather fall than ever-bloomers. Among hybrid perpetuals there are some strongish growers, for instance Baron Prevost, which, however, though classed with hybrid perpetuals, seldom bloom in fall. By the following from the Journal of Horticulture, we find we may have our wants supplied. It is at least worthy of the attention of American growers: "A visitor to Begent's Park writes as follows concerning Red Rose Dragon exhibited in Messrs. W. Paul & Son's collection there: Of all the handsome varieties which were so well represented, the one that especially attracted my attention was the new climbing hybrid perpetual Bed Dragon. This fine variety originated among some seedlings in Messrs. Pauls' nurseries at Waltham Cross in 1875, and was admirably figured in the "Rose Annual " for 1878-79. The flowers are of great substance, cupped, and of an intensely rich crimson color in a young state, becoming tinged with purple as they advance.
The plant is extremely vigorous with handsome foliage, and its habit renders it well adapted for training to pillars and similar positions".