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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

Fryer's Roses: New at Hampton Court '09

Posted by Graham Rice on 06 Jul 2009 at 09:07 AM

Rose 'Super Trouper' - New at the 2009 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show . Image: RHSLast year the Rose of the Year, Lucky, was a Fryer's rose and although they year they don't have Rose of the Year Fryers do have two fine new varieties launching here at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Both are Floribundas.

‘Super Trouper', named for the ABBA song, is a vivid coppery orange. The young buds are almost pale yellow in colour, with orange overtones. As the flowers develop they become amber on the reverse of the petals, which in bud is the outside, and orange on the inside. Then as the blooms continue to open they develop the full richness of their brilliant orange colouring, with coppery overtones.

The foliage is very dark, ideal to set off the vivid blooms, and it features excellent disease resistance. ‘Super Trouper' is modest in height, 85cm/33in, it branches well so there's plenty of flower.

Rose 'Dorothy House' - New at the 2009 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show . Image: RHSThe other newcomer from Fryers this year is ‘Dorothy House' and I particularly noticed that when I sniffed it just before 7am this morning, when it was really quite cool, its scent was the strongest of all the new roses I sniffed in the Tudor Rose Festival.

Very pale cream buds, with a hint of green, and with rosy overtones open to beautifully formed pale pearly rose pink flowers. The foliage is very dark, which sets off the flowers well, and the individual flower stems are unusually pale.

This rose is named for Doreen Constance Dorothy Elsie House of Bath, and will support the hospice in Winsley, Wiltshire, called Dorothy House.

You can buy plants of these roses here at the Show or online at the Fryer's Roses website. 

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