This is the most fragrant of this year’s varieties and, indeed, one of the most fragrant of all English Roses. It has the distinctive myrrh scent which is rarely found in roses, appearing first in ‘Constance Spry’, and later in ‘Scepter’d Isle’. The plump buds have attractive flashes of red, these then open to form round, rich buttery yellow coloured blooms which eventually pale to a softer creamy colour. Even when the flowers are fully open, they retain their beautifully rounded chalice shape. It forms a particularly healthy and bushy shrub with many stems shooting from the base. It remains relatively upright and has few thorns. With its soft colouring ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ will very easily blend with a wide range of colour schemes, planted with roses or other shrubs and perennials. Its more upright habit makes it suitable for both formal and informal situations. It should be positioned where its strong scent can be easily appreciated.
Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire has one of the most beautiful private gardens in the country. The gardens are set around a 16th Century Hall and feature roses in creative plant combinations, including many English Roses. Wollerton Old Hall Garden is open to the public on selected days throughout the summer.
You can find more information on their web site. www.wollertonoldhallgarden.com