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Penelope
Penelope
Penelope
Penelope
Penelope

Penelope

Full Height
3ft - 5ft
Year
1924
Type
Shrub Rose
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This is a large, arching shrub rose with vigorous, but long relaxed branches, and as with most hybrid musk roses is pretty disease free and has very few problems.
It flowers continuously throughout the summer and well into autumn and produces a lovely show of fat orange-pink hips in the winter. The first main flush in late spring is truly wonderful. Although Penelope flowers beautifully right through the summer until the first frosts, the later summer blooms are not quite as prolific but are just as delightful.
The trusses of double, medium sized blooms are of a delicate light pink and apricot shades fading to white with age. The overall loose form of the flowers give this bush an “old rose” type of charm.
The abundant young foliage has a beautiful copper tint which turns to glossy dark green as it ages. The Penelope rose does not disappoint where scent is concerned as the blooms have a strong heady musk fragrance, which is probably why this is one of the favourites in this group of roses.
‘Penelope’ is very versatile and makes a fine specimen rose in the garden or an effective informal hedge. It can also be trained as a climber and is useful for growing over walls or fences or climbing pillars. It is also one of those obliging roses that blooms even in partial shade and is almost thornless.
AWARDS
National Rose Society Gold Medal. 1925
Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit. 1993
Generally speaking, Hybrid Musks are very hardy, floriferous, easy on the eye and easy to maintain.
Penelope was bred in the UK by the Rev. Joseph Pemberton (1852-1926)
Pemberton was one of a long line of Anglican clergymen who were also horticulturists . He was responsible for creating many beautiful Hybrid Musks, many of which are still available today. He tended to name many of his roses after women, and Penelope, Felicia, Cornelia, Kathleen and Francesca are still around and as popular as ever.

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