Banned in Boston
Simpson – 1994 – (Ruffled Ivory x Dearest) – 26” – 5” – Mid – Dorm – Re – Noc – Rose and cream pink bitone with green to light lemon throat
I love the bicolor effect of the pale edges and darker pastel mid-petal color with the paler midrib against the palest pink sepals with a near white edge of Banned in Boston. It is a good breeder, but is only a moderately fast increaser for me. Its has average nice foliage that is senescent (“dormant”) and forms a resting bud in winter here. It survives well in winter in my garden, but I have no data on how it performs in the deep south, though I know of several growers who have found to to survive and thrive both further north into lower zones and further south into higher zones than my zone 6 garden.
It is a useful cultivar, and most importantly, it has very high rust resistance in my garden, has been listed as highly resistant in university rating lists and I have several anecdotal reports from gardens that report the same thing. In addition, it seems to show good breeding value for rust resistance as I have produced a higher-than-average number of seedlings showing equal or higher rust resistance from crossing Banned in Boston to other high resistance cultivars. A beautiful and useful cultivar in the garden and in breeding programs.