Centifolia Roses make rather floppy shrubs and flower only in early summer, but their flowers are beautiful and the scent is excellent.
Most centifolias are spring flowering. The larger growers in this class develop into lax open bushes with long "fishing rods". The leaves are large and rounded and the flowers are mainly pink, fragrant, multi-petalled and globular. The fishing rods can be pegged down to accommodate the shape required and to obtain more blooms. As centifolias have very few or poor hips, after flowering remove all dead, damaged, diseased and twiggy growth. Reduce the length of the fishing rods to about half.