NEW ROSES FOR 2012
David Austin Shrub Rose. 2011. 5ft plus
'Fighting Temeraire' is a rose of very different character to most English roses making a beautiful and very useful addition to the collection. The fully open flowers are very large, 4-5ins across, have only ten petals, and are produced with exceptional freedom. They are a rich apricot colour, with an area of yellow behind the stamens. By the time the petals are ready to drop, the colour has faded to a soft yellow-apricot. The tips of the pointed buds are red, as are the young leaves and foliage, further enhancing the effect. 'Fighting Temeraire' is particularly healthy and vigorous and will develop into a most attractive rounded shrub, the many stems producing a mass of flowers held in large heads. The fragrance is medium to strong, very fruity with a strong element of lemon zest. This is a very good choice for a mixed border, where the rich colour will create a focal point, or may be trained as a short climber reaching around 8ft.
'Fighting Temeraire' is a painting from 1839 by the famous landscape painter, watercolourist and print maker, JMW Turner. This rose has been named for the Turner Contemporary Gallery on Margate's sea front in Kent.
AVAILABLE FROM NOVEMBER 2011