Rose du Roi

This Portland was one of the first to be introduced.  It is a compact shrub to about 4x4, very sturdy and thorny.  It has a great spring flush and sporadic rebloom.  The blooms are a good size, a velvety dark  crimson with purple shadings and a fine strong fragrance.  It could be grown in a pot, and appreciates a little shade in the afternoon.  Average disease resistance.  Bred in 1819, hardy from zone 5.