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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 Pomponella: New from the RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted by Graham Rice on 29 Nov 2010 at 12:30 PM

Rose,Pomponella,Korpompan,Kordes. Image ©GardenPhotos.comAt the National Plant Show, back in the summer, I was very taken with a dainty new rose in the old-fashioned style. It didn’t win any prizes, unfortunately the actual specimen on show was not at its peak, but I marked it down as a rose to look out for when it appeared on the market. And here it is.

Pomponella (‘Korpompan’) is a Floribunda (Cluster Flowered) rose with small dark pink flowers, but masses of them. Each has the form of an old fashioned rose, a rounded almost ball-like shape that opens out flat, but is only about 5cm/2in across. The flowers open from appealingly spherical buds. Each flower cluster has five to seven blooms but there are so many that the bush is covered in flowers and they keep coming all summer. The flowers are scented, but not heavily.

This is a short variety, reaching about 80cm/32in in height and 60cm/24in wide so is ideal as a specimen in a small sunny border, in a sunny place in any small garden or in container.

And you won’t need to spray against rose diseases. Like so many of the recent introductions from renowned German rose breeders Kordes, Pomponella is also unusually healthy. The dense, dark green, glossy foliage is mildew resistant and also highly resistant to black spot.

This is a delightful new style of Floribunda rose, let’s hope varieties in other colours follow Pomponella.

Rose Pomponella is available from the RHS online Plant Shop.


Image © GardenPhotos.com.

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