Three stunning new roses are set to debut at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show next month, including the Rose of the Year 2019.
The world’s biggest flower show returns for another year and the Festival of Roses will provide the stage for all the action.
First up is Rosa Sarah Elizabeth (‘Athyfgrafos’), a Floribunda rose which produces a profusion of very fragrant soft pink blooms. Bred by Mike Athy, the rose is named in memory of Sarah Groves who lost her life in tragic circumstances in Kashmir, India.
The Sarah Groves Foundation was set up by Sarah’s family which strives to raise money for underprivileged children with the aim of fulfilling Sarah’s own ambition to enhance the lives of young people, especially those who are less fortunate. £1 from the sale of each new rose will be donated to the charity.
The second new rose is Rosa ‘Eirene’, a memorial rose commemorating the centenary of the end of WWI. ‘Eirene’ comes from Greek mythology ‘the goddess of peace’.
The cream-apricot buds open to lightly scented full-petalled blooms of brilliant white, and the petals are robust and rain-resistant.
Growing to a height of about 120–150cm, this Floribunda shrub rose is bushy and slightly spreading. It’s a low-maintenance plant for beds and borders and it shows excellent disease resistance. £1 from the sale of each rose plant will be donated to The Action Reconciliation Service for Peace.
Last but very not least is the compact climbing rose, Rosa Starlight Symphony (‘Harwisdom’), which has been crowned the rose of 2019 for showing exceptional health and outstanding disease resistance.
Bred by Harkness New Roses, the gorgeous pure white flowers with a subtle spicy perfume open to reveal pink-tinged stamens, which are adored by bees.
Growing to between 1.8m–2.7m in height, Starlight Symphony produces large clusters of delicate blooms, flowers prolifically and repeats throughout the season. Perfect for the modern garden, it’s suitable for training on a wall, pergola, trellis or obelisk, and it will also thrive in a large container.
The Rose of the Year trials sees UK rose breeders and UK agents of international breeders enter some of their most promising new cultivars into the trial. The trial actually lasts for two years where roses are tested in a variety of soil and climate conditions, and it’s conducted six years before the commercial introduction of a winning rose.
The flower and plant form, colour, scent, abundance of flower, health and easy maintenance are all considered important characteristics of Rose of the Year.
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