My only new rose for this year (so far) is 'Twilight Zone'. The purple of both 'Twilight Zone and it's seed parent 'Ebb Tide' is the same, but 'Twilight Zone', even as a young plant, appears to have a more stable purple less apt to fade to magenta. Bud:
The flower of 'Twilight Zone' is larger than that of 'Ebb Tide'. Open:
The next day...
Growth habit seems spreading, unlike the vertical growth of 'Ebb Tide'.
Far too early to say if it is a good rose or not, but based on the first flower, I'm optimistic. Have I finally found a satisfying purple rose? 'Intrigue' was gorgeous, but had no vigor. Same with the amazing 'Purple Tiger'. 'Ebb Tide' is not much better. 'Old Port' has a bit of vigor, but isn't so purple.
Then I look at blue-purple, and think rose hybridizers still have a journey ahead of themselves.
Did you know purple is a neutral in the sense that it goes with everything? So is green, for that matter. Is there a plant with foliage that clashes with its flowers? One thinks of neutral colors as grey, beige...but purple and green are, too.