Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’

Family: Rosaceae

Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’ (Ausrimini) is an English Climbing Rose, which was bred by David Austin and introduced in May 2006, at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.  Plants produce pretty pink buds, which open to reveal warm strawberry-pink, slightly ruffled blooms, which are applauded for their myrrh perfume.  The flowers are small to medium sized.

When my ‘Strawberry Hill’ roses produce their first flush of blooms, I find the flowers are fully double and not much fun for bees, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects, as they are unable to reach this rose’s pollen.  However, I’ve noticed that for my roses’, second, third, and fourth flowerings, I’ve found that my ‘Strawberry Hill’ roses produce semi double, fully open, accessible flowers with pollen that’s on hand and available for insects.  Hurrah!

This rose will grow well in any moist, but well-drained soil.  Apply a mulch of good quality, peat-free compost around your rose, at least a couple of times a year.

Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’ grows up to 3m (10ft) tall.  Plant this rose near a wall, or a doorway, a fence, an obelisk, or another support; in a position where your rose will enjoy bright light and Rosa ‘Strawberry Hill’ can bask in the sunshine.  This is a sweetly perfumed rose with a strong fragrance, so it’s an ideal choice to plant near a terrace or seating area.

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