Plant Guide

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Rosa 'Paul Gauguin'

Hybrid tea rose with healthy mid-dark green foliage, flowering in flushes throughout the season. Flowers in warm red tonings, brushed with white. Stems and thorns are subtly shaded with dark red.

Registration name: Rosa 'JACdebu'. Bred by Jack E. Christensen (USA, 1992). The rose registered as Rosa 'DELstrichoc' (bred in France by Delbard) is also known as Rosa 'Paul Gauguin' and produces multi-coloured flowers in shades of cream, yellow, orange and coral.

Prefers a sunny position in any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season and prune in winter. 

Gorgeous 'frivolous' rose for beds or borders as a single specimen or in groups. The beautiful colourings more than make up for the lack of scent. For a striking and somewhat unusual colour combination, plant Rosa 'Paul Gauguin' next to Loropetalum chinense 'Burgundy'.

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Rosa 'Picotee'

Compact, repeat flowering patio rose. Semi-double flowers with ruffled edges, produced in clusters. Flowers are about 6 cm across, pink with white margins, center and reverse. The term 'picotee' is used in general to describe flowers that have petal margins of a different colour than the rest.

Registration name: Rosa 'SOMcarpaint'. Bred by Rob Somerfield (New Zealand) from a cross between a seedling of Rosa 'Flower carpet Pink' and Rosa 'Old Master'. There are a couple of other roses with the name 'Picotee'; a red-blend floribunda rose with the registration and trade name Rosa 'Picotee', bred by Frank Raffel (USA), and a red and white miniature rose with the registration name Rosa 'BENpico', bred by Frank A. Benardella (USA).

Prefers a sunny position in any well-drained soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Remove spent flower clusters during the flowering season and prune in winter. Good disease resistance.

Charming rose with delightful, bright and cheery colours and a lovely loose, frivolous flower shape. Suitable for containers.

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Rosa 'Queen Wilhelmina'

Floribunda rose with glossy, dark green foliage, flowering in flushes throughout the season. Clusters of deep yellow, very mildly fragrant flowers with frilly petals, 5-8 cm wide.

Registration name: Rosa 'JACimgol'. Bred by Dr Keith W. Zary (USA). Also known as Rosa 'Golden Girls' and Rosa 'Forever Young'.

Prefers a sunny position in any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Dead-head regularly and prune in winter.

Lovely full flowers in shades of yellow and pale orange. Looks great in groups or as a single specimen for flower display in beds or borders. Cut flowers last well on water.

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Rosa 'Raubritter'

Rambling shrub rose with a spreading habit and light to mid green foliage. Flowers once during early summer with clusters of mildly fragrant, rounded cup-shaped, pink flowers, 5-7 cm across.

Bred by Kordes (Germany, 1936) from a cross between Rosa x macrantha 'Daisy Hill' and Rosa wichurana 'Solarium'. Also sold as Rosa macrantha 'Raubritter' and Rosa 'Macrantha Raubritter'.

Prefers a position in full sun, but copes well in partial shade. Any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Tolerates relatively poor soils. Susceptible to blackspot and mildew. Prune in winter.

Charming rose with an old-fashioned flair. Rosa 'Raubritter' makes up for the fact that it is not repeat-flowering by producing one magnificent display of pink flowers, covering the whole plant once established. Use for flower display as a single specimen or in groups, or as a sprawling shrub growing over low walls or banks. Not naturally climbing, but can be trained to behave as a climber. Also suitable for containers.

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Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Repeat flowering floribunda rose with mid green foliage and mildly scented flowers in clusters. Dark rosy pink flower buds open to semi-double flowers, 6-8 cm wide, dark purple, yellow stamens, and a splash of white in the center as if someone dropped a bit of white paint on the inside of the flower. The colour fades to a paler blue-purple shade. Hips are not particularly ornamental.

Registration name: Rosa 'FRAntasia'. Bred by Frank Colishaw (UK).

Prefers a position in full sun and well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring and again in early winter. Dead-head during the flowering season and prune in winter. Average disease resistance.

A stunning rose with lovely, unusual colour combinations of purple and white petals, yellow stamens and deep rose flower buds. From a distance, the flowers appear purple, so plant this rose where you can observe these subtleties. The flower colour varies from plant to plant. If you would like a particular shade, e.g. dark purple (as opposed to lighter purple, blueish or reddish purple), make sure you have seen the plant in flower prior to purchase. Suitable as a standard, container plant, single specimen or mass planting in beds or borders.

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Rosa 'Sally Holmes'

Vigorous, repeat flowering hybrid musk rose with relatively few thorns, glossy dark green foliage and large, single to almost single flowers in clusters. Pale apricot-coloured buds open to 8-12 cm wide, creamy white flowers, fading to white, flushed with a faint hint of pink. The flowers have 4 to 8 petals and yellow stamens. They are usually packed in very tight clusters.

Rosa 'Sally Holmes' is the result of a cross between Rosa 'Ivory Fashion' and Rosa 'Ballerina'. Bred by Robert Holmes (UK) and named after his wife.  

Prefers a sunny position in well-drained soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Tolerates more shade than most other roses. Very good disease resistance. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season and prune in winter. Grows on its own root system and is easy to propagate from cuttings.

The delicate colour combination of the pale apricot flower buds and white flowers is breath-taking and more than makes up for the fact that the flowers are only slightly fragrant. The flowers have a lovely 'loose' texture. Can be treated as a climber and trained to grow up a pillar or against a trellis. Suitable for cutting. Looks good on its own, in groups, or as a rose hedge-row.

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Rosa 'Scentimental'

Mildly scented floribunda rose, repeat-flowering throughout the season with striped flowers. Glossy dark green foliage. Showy double flowers with about 25 petals, 10 cm across, burgundy red with white stripes and splashes, or white splashed with burgundy red.

Registered name: Rosa 'WEKplapep'. Bred by Tom Carruth in the USA from a cross between Rosa 'Playboy' and Rosa 'Peppermint Twist'.

Plant in full sun for best flower display. Any soil-type is suitable as long as it is well-draining and contains a generous amount of organic matter. Remove spent flowers to encourage subsequent flower production. Heat and humidity tolerant. Prune as required in winter to early spring. Susceptible to blackspot, but otherwise disease resistant.

Spectacular, free-flowering rose with a lovely mild scent, a very long flowering season, and good disease resistance. Looks great in groups or just by itself in beds or borders. Could also be grown as a loose, informal hedge. Excellent in pots. Flowers last well on water. Good for potpourris.

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Rosa 'Star Quality'

Floribunda rose with a compact, rounded habit, mid green foliage, and clusters of semi-double, vibrant coral pink flowers, flushed with white in the center, and yellow stamens. Flowers are about 8 cm wide, and have 10 to 15 petals. They are produced in flushes throughout the season. 

Registration name: Rosa 'SOMsmoko'. Rosa 'Hans Christian Andersen' x Rosa 'Class Act', bred by Rob Somerfield (New Zealand), released in 2006.

Prefers a position in full sun and any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Good disease resistance. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season and prune in winter.

May take a few years to get established, but once it it is growing well, this is a beautiful, free-flowering rose. The flowers are only very slightly fragrant, but their gorgeous colour more than makes up for that. Good rose for the front of borders, en masse or as a single specimen. Excellent for cutting.

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Rosa 'Stargazer'

Floribunda rose, flowering in flushes throughout the season. Matt, medium green foliage. Bright orange-red flowers with a yellow star shape in the centre and yellow stamens. Flowers are single with about 9 petals. Very mild fragrance.

Bred by Harkness (UK) from a cross between Rosa 'Marlena' and Rosa 'Kim'.

Prefers a sunny position in any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season and prune in winter. Plant relatively close together (< 0.45 m) so that the foliage forms a continuous background for the flowers.

Beautiful bright flowers for a cheery display in beds or borders. Not a large-growing shrub, so best planted in groups of three or more.

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Rosa 'The Fairy'

Compact Polyantha rose with arching branches and glossy mid-green foliage, flowering continuously throughout the season from spring to late autumn. Shell-pink to candy-floss pink flowers, about 2.5 cm across, are produced in large clusters, usually covering most of the shrub.

Registration name: Rosa 'The Fairy'. Bred by Bentall in 1932 (UK) from a cross between Rosa 'Paul Crampel' and Rosa 'Lady Gay'. Introduced to the USA in 1941.

Flowers best in a sunny position, but can stand a considerable amount of shade. Suitable for any soil type as long as it is well-draining. Fertilise in early spring, and again in early summer. Remove clusters of spent flowers throughout the season. Prune in winter. Excellent disease resistance.

If you prefer fragrance, then Rosa 'The Fairy' is not for you. If you like an easy-care, healthy, and tough rose that reliably produces an abundance of flowers over a very long time with minimal gardener's input, then look no further! Flowers last well on water. Just watch out for the many thorns when you pick them. This is also one of the best roses for those not so sunny spots in the garden, where you would like some colour. Suitable for containers. Looks beautiful in combination with blue-flowering plants such as Ageratum houstonianum.

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Rosa 'The Lady'

Hybrid tea rose with dark green foliage, flowering in flushes throughout the season. Mildly fragrant double flowers, 7-10 cm across. Soft yellow-cream flower colour, flushed with salmon pink.

Registration name: Rosa 'FRYjingo'. Bred by Gareth Fryer (UK, 1985) from a cross between Rosa 'Pink Parfait' and Rosa 'Redgold'. Named after Britain's oldest women's weekly magazine 'The Lady' (in publication since 1885).

Prefers a position in full sun and any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season and prune in winter. Good disease resistance.

Stunning rose with classically shaped flowers in lovely pastel shades. Plant as a single specimen or in groups for flower display in beds and borders. Good for cutting.

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Rosa 'The McCartney Rose'

Repeat-flowering hybrid tea rose with large, fragrant flowers and glossy dark green foliage right down to the ground. The pink flowers are semi-double, 7-10 cm wide, dark rosy pink in bud. Hips are not particularly ornamental.

Registered name: Rosa 'MEIzeli', bred by Meilland International in France. Offered to Sir Paul McCartney as a birthday gift from his record company. Also sold as Rosa 'Sweet Lady' or Rosa 'Paul McCartney'.

Tolerates light shade, but plant in full sun for best flowering and disease resistance. Can be grown in any soil that is well-draining and contains a generous amount of organic matter. Responds well to rose fertiliser. Quite susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, including black spot, so will need excellent growing conditions, and may need spraying.  Dead-head during the flowering season, and prune in winter.

Lovely rose for flower display, fragrance and cutting. Could also be grown as an informal hedge.

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Rosa 'Tintinara'

Vigorous hybrid tea rose with glossy, mid green foliage. Repeat flowering throughout the season with bright orange to coral red, mildly scented flowers, 8-13 cm wide.

Registration name: Rosa 'DICuptight'. Bred by Colin Dickson (UK). 

Prefers a position in full sun and any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season and prune in winter.

Fabulous colour and a strong grower. Looks great in flower borders, either as a single specimen or in groups. Rosa 'Tintinara' can become quite tall, so plant towards the back with lower growing plants in front. (The shrub used for the photograph carried lots of flowers and had reached a height of about 1.6 m). Imagine this in combination with blue-flowering plants such as Agapanthus and Ageratum houstonianum. Ideal for cutting.

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Rosa 'Topsy Turvy'

Floribunda rose with deep green leaves down to the ground, flowering throughout the season with mildly fragrant, bi-coloured flowers. Dark red young foliage. Bright scarlet-red, semi-double flowers with a white reverse, 10 cm across. They open in an unusual pinwheel fashion. 

Registration name: Rosa 'WEKcocbeb'. Bred by Tom Carruth (USA) from a cross between Rosa 'Countess Celeste' and Rosa 'Betty Boop'.

Prefers a position in full sun and any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring, and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season. Prune in winter. Good disease resistance.

Striking rose with an informal, 'happy' appearance. Can be grown as a standard or a bush, in groups or as a single specimen in beds and borders. Good for cutting.

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Rosa 'Tropical Skies'

Medium to tall hybrid tea rose, repeat-flowering with large, mildly fragrant blooms and glossy, mid to dark green foliage. Perfectly shaped flowers in a brilliant blend of yellow, red, and pink.

Registration name: Rosa INTerdays. Bred by G. Peter Ilsink (The Netherlands).

Prefers a sunny position in any well-draining soil with a generous amount of organic matter. Fertilise in early spring, and again in early summer. Dead-head during the flowering season, and prune in winter. Good disease resistance.

Beautifully formed flowers in bright and cheery colours on a strong upright growing plant. Suitable for cutting and for  flower display in beds and borders as a single specimen or in groups.