Description: Roger Coggeshall of Cherry Hill Nursery gave me this plant many years ago. He had been growing and selling it as ‘Pink Maximum’ but told me I could name it if I wished. The first time it bloomed here it was still blooming on the fourth of July, so I named it ‘Independence’. We like it very much for its plant habit, (not as vigorous as R. maximum), red stems, dark green leaves and a good overall well branched appearance. The flowers open in late June and are a good size and a clear shade of pink.