Rosa Rhapsody in Blue = ‘Frantasia’ PBR is an award-winning rose that was bred by Frank Cowlishaw and released in 2003.  This tall shrub rose produces clusters of these rather glamorous, semi-double mauve flowers; as each bloom ages, the ashy grey tones of the flowers’ petals become more prominent.

Insects can be forgotten by plant breeders, who tend to focus on double frilly flowers without any pollen; we need more roses with blooms that offer an abundance of pollen to reward our pollinators! 

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ (Ausraveloe) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin Roses and launched in 2020.  David Austin traditionally unveil their new rose introductions at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show in May, but the show was cancelled due to COVID-19, so a virtual rose launch took place instead.

This is a repeat flowering rose with pastel pink coloured flowers. 

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ (Ausclergy) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin Roses and launched in 2020.  David Austin traditionally launch their new rose introductions in May, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but this show was cancelled due to COVID-19, so a virtual rose launch took place instead.

This rose produces pretty flowers in a lovely golden pastel shade of yellow; as the blooms age they fade in colour and gently pass through every shade of pale yellow, until the blooms have turned a pure snow white.

Rosa ‘Champagne Moment’ = ‘Korvanaber’ (PBR) is an award winning rose that was bred by the renowned german rose breeders, Kordes.  In 2006, Rosa ‘Champagne Moment’ won the coveted title of the winner of the Rose of the Year Competition!  This floribunda rose produces clusters of apricot cream coloured flowers that pale to white, as they age; the flowers are perfectly complemented by gorgeous dark green, glossy foliage.

Rosa ‘Queen Anne’ (Austruck) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin.  This rose was introduced in 2011, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; it was named in celebration of the anniversary of Ascot Race Course, which was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne.  Rosa ‘Queen Anne’ produces beautiful flowers, in a very pretty shade of rose pink.

Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ (Rosa Sunny Sky = ‘Koraruli’ PBR) is an award winning rose that was bred by the acclaimed breeders, W. Kordes’ Söhne, in Germany.  A repeat flowering rose, Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ plants produce golden yellow, double flowers, which are formed in the classic hybrid tea rose flower shape.  It’s quite a nice yellow colour, being neither too bright, nor too pale. 

Rosa ‘Rosemoor’ (Austough) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin.  ‘Rosemoor’ was first introduced in May 2004, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.  This rose was introduced at the same time as three other roses, with each rose being named after one of the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens.  Rosemoor is named in honour of the RHS’ garden in Devon, which is open to the public.

Rosa ‘Oxana’ (Dicovadatop) is a Floribunda Rose, which was bred by Colin Dickson of Dickson Roses, in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.  Plants produce medium pink flowers, which soften in colour as the blooms age; leaving the flowers with a gentle blush of colour over their petals.  The petals are darker on one side, which gives this rose’s flowers a subtle, but attractive, two tone effect.

Rosa ‘The Alnwick Rose’ is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin.  ‘The Alnwick Rose’ was first introduced in 2001, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

This rose was named for Alnwick Castle, in Northumberland.  Around the time that this rose was launched, a television series was broadcast that followed the Duchess of Northumberland, as she commissioned and orchestrated the beginnings of a rather grand, new garden at Alnwick Castle. 

Rosa ‘Lady of Shallot’ (Ausnyson) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and introduced in 2009, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  This rose produces warm orange coloured, double blooms that almost seem to glow in the sunlight.  The ‘Lady of Shallot’ is a fragrant rose, with flowers that are accessible to bees, hoverflies, and other insects.

Rosa ‘Mary Rose’ (Ausmary) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and first introduced back in 1983, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

This is a very pretty rose.  Plants produce pinky red coloured buds, which open up to reveal gorgeous, shell pink coloured, double blooms, which are held on upright flowering stems.  ‘Mary Rose’ produces double flowers, but each bloom features fewer petals than many other double flowered roses of this type. 

Rosa ‘The Garland’ is a rambling rose that was bred by Wells.  This is an old rose, which was first introduced, back in 1835.  Rosa ‘The Garland’ produces sprays of peachy-pink coloured flower buds, that open up to reveal small ivory coloured blooms.  Although ‘The Garland’ only flowers once a year, this rambling rose makes an impact while it’s in bloom, producing an abundance of sweet, semi double flowers, in early summertime. 

Rosa ‘I am Macmillan’ (Harteller) is a Modern Floribunda Rose that was bred by Harkness Roses and introduced at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2015.  This rose produces vivid, glowing orange-salmon-pink coloured, double blooms, which really stand out across the garden.  You cannot miss this rose, it’s bright and rather garish!  Rosa ‘I am Macmillan’ is a repeat flowering rose that will bloom in cycles, all through summer and autumn, until the really cold weather arrives.

Rosa ‘Benjamin Britten’ (Ausencart) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and named after Benjamin Britten – an English composer, conductor, and pianist.  This rose produces vibrantly coloured blooms, which at times appear a little more red than pink, but for the most part appear as a pretty cherry colour.  The blooms form beautifully rounded cups; these flowers stand out across the garden and also look lovely in a vase. 

Rosa ‘William Lobb’ is an Old Rose that was bred by Laffay.  One of the Centifolia Group of Moss Roses; these plants produce stems that are coated with a great many spines, these spines start at their base and continue upwards, to the tip of every flower bud.  The distinctive, green mossy growth that decorates Rosa ‘William Lobb’ flowers and buds, gives the plant an ethereal quality, which I adore. 

Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’ is also known as Rosa ‘Mundi’.  This Old Rose is a sport of Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis’; it’s a once flowering rose, that produces a mass of striking, magenta pink and white splattered, striped, semi double flowers.  In summertime, blooms smother the plant; flowers decorate the entire plant, from the top to the bottom.  Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’ is a joy, plants produce fragrant flowers that are accessible to bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and other insects.

Rosa ‘Royal Jubilee’ is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.  This rose was first introduced in 2012, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower ShowRosa ‘Royal Jubilee’ produces beautifully rounded, almost Fuchsia pink coloured flowers, that are accessible to bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and other pollinating insects. 

Rosa ‘Lyda Rose’ is a Modern Shrub Rose that was bred by Kleine Lettunich, in the USA; it was first introduced in 1994.  This rose produces very pretty, open centred, single flowers, with accessible pollen and nectar for bees, hoverflies, and other insects.  The blooms are bathed in pale pink.  While every petal is highlighted with a deeper concentration of the blooms’ pink wash, which outlines the outer circumference of each flower with a rather painterly quality. 

Rosa ‘Rambling Rector’ is a substantial, vigorous rambling rose, which will require a strong and sturdy, robust support to hold the weight of this rose and its glorious snow white, scented flowers.  Plants produce strong, thick stems that feature large thorns, which aid the rose, helping ‘Rambling Rector’ to scramble and climb up and over trees, summerhouses, pergolas, and buildings.

It’s easy to under estimate the size of a plant, it’s also very easy to be charmed by a rose and then tell yourself that you make room for a plant that in reality would be likely to swamp most gardens. 

Rosa ‘Aloha’ is a climbing rose that was bred by Gene Boerner.  ‘Aloha’ was first introduced in 1949.  This is a floriferous, repeat flowering rose.  Plants produce large, strawberry-salmon pink coloured, double blooms in the early summer, with repeat flowerings delivered in regular bursts, until late autumn.

This rose thrives when planted in a moist but well-drained soil, in a bright, sunny spot.