Alchymist opens in beautiful soft, but gleaming tones of egg yolk yellow and then mellows as the blossoms age to fresh apricot hues that blend in the most wonderful way with the newer soft yellow blooms which occur in very large clusters. The whole voluptuous effect is further enhanced by the wonderful perfume. It can be grown as a climber along a fence, for example. It also makes a mammoth, very striking, arching shrub at least eight feet wide. I will always have this rose in my garden and look forward to it every spring. It is near the very top of my short list of all time favorite roses.
Introduced in 1956.