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Hampton Court: new roses & top bloom tips

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Lovestruck Rose of the Year 2018
Lovestruck Rose of the Year 2018. Picture; RHS Media Image Collection

Four new roses unveiled at RHS Hampton Court

Everyone loves the first flush of roses, even in these days of perpetual flowering plants that don’t have to rest before giving another display – and there is always excitement when new varieties are released at Hampton Court and Chelsea.

It’s simple to get the best out of your roses and a little work done earlier in the year means you can be reaping the benefits now – but first, here are seven new roses to pique your interest, including Rose of the Year 2018.

Four new varieties are being launched at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, two in aid of charity.

Rose of the Year 2018: Lovestruck, from Roses UK. This floribunda produces lightly scented, cherry red double-petalled blooms, with glossy dark green foliage. It has been awarded Gold Standard in the British Association of Rose Breeders rose trials and received a Gold Medal in the Royal National Rose Society International Trials. Bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Nurseries, Northern Ireland, and introduced on behalf of the British Rose Trade by Roses UK,  www.rosesuk.com.

Oxana, Apuldram Roses: named as a birthday present from her husband. Lightly fragranced, rose-pink floribunda with a deeper pink centre. It flowers prolifically and grows to just over a metre, showing excellent disease resistance. Bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Nurseries, Northern Ireland, www.apuldramroses.co.uk.

Fryer’s Roses has two introductions, Hope for Justice in aid of the anti-slavery charity of the same name and Little Angel, for Tree Aid.

Hope for Justice is a compact floribunda with deep red petals, growing to approximately 60cm and is ideal for containers. The rose is named for the anti-slavery charity, which works to rescue and restore victims of modern slavery around the world.

Little Angel is a near-white floribunda with semi-double flowers, and a light fragrance, growing to 80-100cm. £1 from the sale of each rose will go to Tree Aid, which works with some of the poorest communities in Africa.

Order both roses at Stand FR 568 at the show, buy online at www.fryers-roses.co.uk or telephone Fryer’s Roses on 01565 755455. Bare root plants cost £12, potted roses are £17.99 (both excluding delivery). Bare root roses will be dispatched from November, potted plants from April 2018. The roses will be available from Blue Diamond Garden Centre from next April.


Three new roses from David Austin

Unveiled at RHS Chelsea, the roses are:

Vanessa Bell (Auseasel): An English musk hybrid, with rounded, pink-tinged buds opening to reveal deep, medium-sized lemon cups held in large, open clusters with a rich yellow eye. Medium-strong fragrance, green tea, lemon, and honey. Height, 4ft x 2½ft. Bare root £19.95, potted rose £24.95.

James L. Austin (Auspike): An English old rose hybrid, with blooms of deepest cerise pink, each with a central button eye. The medium-strong fragrance resembles blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry, and cherry. Height 3½ft x 2ft, bare root £19.95, potted rose £24.95.

Dame Judi Dench (Ausquaker): English musk hybrid has rich apricot blooms, paling towards the edges. Beginning as striking, red-tipped buds, they gradually open to reveal large informal rosettes. Medium-strong fragrance. Height 4ft x 4ft, bare root £19.95, potted rose £24.95.

These roses are available online at www.davidaustinroses.co.uk.


Top healthy rose tips

  • Pruning: It’s important to prune back roses after planting in late winter to encourage them to make strong, vigorous new growth. Remove dead, damaged and weak growth. Hybrid tea: Cut stems hard back to 10-15cm. Floribunda: Prune back to about 15cm from ground level. Ramblers and climbers: Cut stems back to 30-40cm from ground level. Shrub and species roses: Leave the remaining strong stems unpruned.
  • Training: Essential for climbing and rambling roses, training shoots horizontally forces buds to break out along the stem, which leads to more flowers,
  • Feeding: Apply rose fertiliser or Growmore at 100g per sqm, every spring, repeat in midsummer. Mulch using well-rotted stable manure, in a layer of up to 8cm deep, or compost or chipped bark, immediately after feeding. Leave a 10cm gap between mulch and stems.
  • Deadheading: Don’t let plants waste energy forming hips – direct it into more bud formation unless you have species roses like Rosa glauca, which flower once and are grown for ornamental hips.
  • Disease and pest resistance: Try ecofective’s Rose Defender to control aphids and powdery mildew with an added foliar feed, available in one-litre packs and as a 100ml concentrate, www.ecofective.uk.com.
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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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