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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Rose Kew Gardens – New at Chelsea ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 02 May 2009 at 01:54 AM

Rose Kew Gardens ('Ausfence'). Image ©David Austin RosesFrom now for the next three weeks you'll find more posts than usual here on my RHS New Plants blog as I bring you updates on all the hot new plants revealed at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Yes, the plan is to cover every single one. And last year there were almost a hundred.

I've been getting news of some of them in advance of the show. Then, at the show itself, I'll be hunting out more and checking to see if those announced early really live up to expectations.

One of the most intriguing new plants for this year is a new thornless rose from David Austin Roses. Marking the 40th anniversary of David Austin's English Roses and the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew it's called Kew Gardens (‘Ausfence').

This is an English Hybrid Musk with prolific heads of pure white single flowers, shading to lemon at the base of the petals, and opening from apricot buds. Blooming for many months from June to the end of the season, its upright habit and modest height, (just 1.5m/5ft) make it ideal for the back of a mixed border.

Actually, I'm wondering if it might also be a success trained on a wall or fence, especially as it repeatedly produces new stems from the base; that means the flowers will not all be at the top of the plant. As to scent, I'll be checking that out at the Show. And of course it's thornless, one of the very very few thornless roses, ideal when there are boisterous young children running around the garden.

You can order rose Kew Gardens (‘Ausfence') after its launch at Chelsea, in the meantime find out more about David Austin Roses.



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