The color is a deep rich crimson that takes on a tinge of mauve just before the petals drop. This rose, with its short, bushy growth, is an excellent shrub for the front of the border or for planting in formal rose beds. It will make an excellent plant for a large pot. It is our first fully double crimson to be released since the best selling William Shakespeare 2000 and is perfect for gardeners who would prefer a more compact shrub. Healthy and disease-free. RHS Award of merit.