The Winner of Rose of the Year 2023 Competition is Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’!

The Rose of the Year 2023 is Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ (KORmelpea)

Every year I wait in anticipation to discover the newest winner of The Rose of the Year Competition.  I adore growing roses and I particularly enjoy trialling plants and finding new, naturally healthy roses I can recommend.  In February 2023, Roses UK sent me a new bare root rose to trial – the winner of the Rose of the Year 2023 Competition – Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ (KORmelpea).  I’m excited to show you my plant and tell you more about this award-winning rose!

Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ is the winner of the Rose of the Year 2023 Competition. Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ (KORmelpea) was bred by W. Kordes’ Söhne at Kordes Roses.

How Tall Do ‘Peach Melba®’ Roses Grow?

‘Peach Melba®’ is a climbing rose that grows up to around 2m (6.5ft) tall and spreads around 80cm (2.5ft) wide.  This is an ideal sized rose to grow up an obelisk or wigwam.  ‘Peach Melba®’ roses are ideally suited for planting next to a wall or fence, where they will add colour and interest.  If you have a patio or balcony garden, ‘Peach Melba®’ roses can planted in a large, deep container, making this rose a great choice for a paved garden where there is no access to the soil.

I’d choose a different rose (a taller-growing rose) to cover an arch, as it’s easy to underestimate how tall a rose you need to cover an arch.

Are ‘Peach Melba®’ Roses Accessible to Bees, Hoverflies, and Pollinating Insects?

Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ has semi-double flowers with accessible pollen for bees, hoverflies, and pollinating insects.

‘Peach Melba®’ roses have cup-shaped, semi double flowers that are accessible to bees, hoverflies, and pollinating insects.  I have only seen a couple of hoverflies on my rose, so far.  If ‘Peach Melba®’ becomes a bee or hoverfly magnet later in the summer I will be sure to let you know.

‘Peach Melba®’ rose flowers open with petals in a warm shade of yellow-orange. The flowers soon take on a peach colouring, before aging when they display a wash of raspberry tinted blush.
Here’s an older ‘Peach Melba®’ rose flower, its once soft peach coloured blooms have taken on a wash of raspberry tint as they aged. A couple of leaf-cutter bees have cut out perfect circles of my rose’s leaves to line and cover their nests.
Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ foliage is glossy and very healthy on my plant so far.

Are ‘Peach Melba®’ Roses Fragrant?

Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ is the winner of the Rose of the Year 2023 Competition. This rose has a light but warm, fruity perfume with hints of orange and nectarine.

When I meet new roses I always want to discover their fragrance, Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ has a light fragrance that’s warm with hints of citrus when the flowers first open.  Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ blooms also produce a perfume that reminds me very much of perfectly ripe nectarines!  This is not a rose with a powerful perfume that will fill your patio with scent – you need to enjoy a close encounter with a flower to take in ‘Peach Melba®’ roses’ scent.

‘Peach Melba®’ Roses Repeat Flower Throughout the Summer

This award-winning rose is a repeat flowering cultivar that will bloom in regular cycles from June until the frosts arrive in November.  Take care to dead-head ‘Peach Melba®’ roses promptly as the flowers fade to enjoy an abundance of flowers through summer and autumn.

Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ produces flowers in an array of yellow, peach, and raspberry tones. This rose has a delicate fragrance with hints of nectarine and citrus.

Who Bred Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’?

Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ is the winner of the Rose of the Year 2023 Competition.  Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ was bred by W. Kordes’ Söhne at Kordes Roses.

An Award-Winning Rose

I’m growing my ‘Peach Melba®’ rose in a large container filled with a mix of SylvaGrow® and Dalefoot peat-free compost.

Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ has been awarded the prestigious title of Rose of the Year 2023 and has received recognition in the International awards in trials in Barcelona, Courtray, Le Roeulx, Paris, Rome, and Warsaw.

How to Plant Rose ‘Peach Melba®’?

I took this picture of my ‘Peach Melba®’ rose when it arrived at my house in February 2023.

I always order bare root roses, as this is such an economic and sustainable way to order plants.  When my bare root rose arrived I plunged my new rose into a bucket of water for twelve hours to rehydrate the plant’s roots and prepare my rose for planting.  Our lovely friends Neil, Sarah, Rebecca and Ethan very kindly bought us some lovely roses from David Austin as a house-warming gift which arrived the same day, so I soaked all the plants together at the same time.

I soaked my bare root ‘Peach Melba®’ rose in a bucket of water before planting. There is one ‘Peach Melba®’ rose and three David Austin roses in this bucket.

Looking For a Climbing Rose to Grow In a Container on a Patio?

My ‘Peach Melba®’ rose has been planted in a large ceramic container filled with peat-free compost.  Roses are usually happiest growing in garden beds and borders and thrive in most garden soils (avoid wet or boggy water-logged ground).  Roses have long tap roots and so they really do need tall, large-sized planters to thrive if you’re not growing them in the ground.  The growing media blend I made up for my ‘Peach Melba®’ rose is comprised of….

  • Four parts SylvaGrow® with added John Innes mixed with
  • Four parts SylvaGrow® John Innes No.3 (Peat-free) For Mature Plants
  • Two parts Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost – added as a top layer.

We purchased all of these composts from our local garden centres.  I opted to use a growing media blend I made from four parts SylvaGrow® with added John Innes mixed with four parts SylvaGrow® John Innes No.3 (Peat-free) For Mature Plants.  Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ was then planted in my planter with a mix of these two growing mediums and finished off with an upper layer and mulch of Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost.  This is a rich, concentrated compost that will form a long-lasting feed for my rose.  Adding powerful nutrient-rich compost as a top layer allows the fertiliser to travel through the growing media to the plant’s roots; this provides my plant with a lasting and effective fertiliser throughout spring, summer, and autumn.

Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ is a climbing rose that grows up to around 2m tall and 80cm wide. This is a good choice of rose to grow in a container – ideal if you have a patio garden without any access to the soil.

When potting up plants, avoid any temptation to incorporate your most nutritious compost components into the bottom of the pot and instead utilise nutrient-rich composts as a mulch or top layer when potting up plants.

I’m planning to find or make an obelisk for my Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’. My rose is growing in a container of peat-free compost.

I’d recommend adding Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost as a mulch around container grown rose plants.  Every year I carefully scrape away the top layer of compost and then add a new mulch of Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost.  The best time to top-dress roses is in March, but if you’ve not done this already, go ahead and top-dress your roses now.  I don’t use any rose feed – I just use a mulch of Dalefoot Double Strength.

I am hoping to find or construct an obelisk for my rose.

For more information about the Rose of the Year 2023 – Rosa ‘Peach Melba®’ (KORmelpea), please click here to visit Roses UK’s website.

To see my rose plant pages with pictures and information for various different rose cultivars, please click here.

For gardening advice for July, please click here.

To see pictures and my experience of growing the Rose of the Year 2022, please click here.

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