Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’

Family: Rosaceae

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.  The blooms start life as beautifully scrolled buds, at which stage they would make a pretty rose button hole or corsage.  As the flowers age, the outer petals fade from yellow to cream when they develop a peachy coloured blush.  Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ flowers have a light fruity perfume.

This hybrid tea rose has a naturally upright form.  Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ grows to an eventual height of around 1.2m (4ft) tall, depending on the particular plant’s growing conditions.  Plant in a bright, sunny location, where the soil is moist, but well-drained.  At least twice a year, apply a mulch of good quality compost over the soil, around your plants.

At the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ was presented with the prestigious award as the winner of the Rose of the Year 2016 Competition.  This is a naturally healthy, strong growing, and disease resistant rose, which is wonderful.  But, Rosa ‘Sunny Sky’ flowers are not accessible to bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects, and the flowers’ perfume is very light, so this isn’t a rose that I am tempted to grow in my garden.

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