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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 Dunham Massey: New shrub rose from Peter Beales

Posted by Graham Rice on 08 Jul 2013 at 04:02 PM

Dunham Massey: New shrub rose from Peter Beales. Image ©Peter Beales RosesOne of the prettiest entries in the Chelsea Plant Of The Year competition this year, and sure to be a star of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show which opens tomorrow, is a new shrub rose in the old style from Peter Beales Roses.

Dunham Massey ('Beajelly') is a healthy and trouble-free, modern shrub rose reaching a very convenient 1.2m in height, ideal for small gardens or forward positions in large borders. Its lovely pink flowers are fully double, quartered in the classic style, lightly scented and held in clusters against pale green foliage – and like all the best modern shrub roses, it’s repeat-flowering. It is the result of crossing two earlier Peter Beales roses, introduced in 2002: ‘Yokohama’ and ‘Roseball’.

This is the second in the Peter Beales Manor House Collection, and was chosen from a selection of new, unnamed seedlings by Damian Harris, Head Gardener of Dunham Massey Hall, Park and Gardens, a National Trust property situated in Cheshire, in 2011. The National Trust decided to name the seedling ‘Dunham Massey’ and coincide its launch with the official opening of their new rose gardens at Dunham Massey Hall last month.

You can order rose Dunham Massey ('Beajelly') from Peter Beales Roses.

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