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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

Style Roses: New at Hampton Court ‘09

Posted by Graham Rice on 09 Jul 2009 at 11:48 PM

Rose ‘Bride and Groom'- New at the 2009 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show . Image: RHSThe Tudor Rose Festival is one of the highlights of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and many of the rose nurseries who are exhibiting there have new roses on show. Style Roses from Lincolnshire have a fine new Hybrid Tea raised by Edward Smith, it's called ‘Bride and Groom'.

It reaches about 90cm/3ft high, the mature foliage is very dark and the flowers have a comfortably traditional look. The buds open rose pink then as the flowers develop the petals roll back and reveal the white colouring inside. As the flowers mature the outer petals become almost white.

Chris Styles of Style Roses told me: "This is an unbelievably free flowering variety. It has attractive dark pink buds which open up into large, high centred, Hybrid Tea style blooms of baby pink - produced singly and in clusters of up to five blooms per stem on strong sturdy upright growth. The young foliage is red and bronze which darkens to a pleasing olive green."

Edward Smith, who raised such well known varieties as ‘Baby Bio' and ‘Terry Wogan', passed away last year and all the seedlings he'd raised and was assessing passed to Style Roses who are introducing the very best as the Edward Smith Collection. Edward was something of a perfectionist and was especially keen on healthy roses so good health is one of the features of ‘Bride and Groom' and all his roses.

You can buy plants of ‘Bride and Groom' at the Show or contact Style Roses for news of its availability online.



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