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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

Mattocks Roses: New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 09 Jul 2009 at 09:23 AM

Rose Pink Perfection ('Korpauvio') - New at the 2009 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show . Image: RHSOver in the Tudor Rose Festival marquee at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show the award for the best exhibit went to Mattocks Roses who also introduce a lovely new Hybrid Tea.

Rose Pink Perfection ('Korpauvio') is a neat-growing plant featuring high-centred pink flowers which open widely and retain an elegant shape. But there are two features which make this variety stand out - and, after all, there are already plenty of pink Hybrid Tea roses.

Firstly, it's genuinely repeat-flowering and will flower from June to the first hard frost. Secondly it has a really good fragrance putting the lie to the often mentioned notion that modern roses have no scent. And finally it has excellent disease resistance.

Raised in Germany by one of the world's leading rose breeders, Kordes, "they've really cracked the disease resistance," Jo Davey of Mattocks Roses told me. "It's resistant to powdery mildew, black spot and rust - the three diseases every gardener worries about."

‘Pink Perfection' grows to about 80cm in height with an upright habit reaching about 50cm across, and the soft pink tones of its flowers are also lovely cut for the house.

You can buy plants of ‘Pink Perfection' at the show and you'll find it in garden centres across the country in the autumn. It is not available from Mattocks by mail order.

 

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