A Good Year For The Roses

Rose versicolor

There are thousands of rose cultivars in existence, bred for their colours, forms, scents and other desirable characteristics. Each of these cultivars belongs to a broader group of roses, but there are still a large number of groups! They include, Gallica, Damask, Moss, English, Hybrid Tea, Rugosas, Ramblers and Climbers to mention but a few.

The gardens at Trinity Hall are home to many different roses from many different groups, the following are just a taster of these.

Rosa gallica ‘Versicolor’ (Gallica rose, above). Picture taken near Herrick House, Wychfield. Grown since ancient times and native to southern Europe, Gallica roses are compact and prickly shrubs with grey-green leaves. Rosa ‘Versicolor’ flowers are highly fragrant, semi-double and can be coloured with splashes of pink, white and crimson.

Rose Teasing Georgia Sisyrinchium
Rose Teasing Georgia Sisyrinchium


Rosa ‘Teasing Georgia’. (English rose). Picture taken in the Round Garden, Wychfield. This rose was bred by David Austin who is renowned for crossing Old Roses with Modern Roses, to create plants which are repeat flowering, fragrant and come in a wide range of colours. ‘Teasing Georgia’ has large, yellow, cup-shaped flowers, the outer petals fading to pale yellow to give an attractive two-tone effect. Pictured here with Sisyrinchiums, they also combine beautifully with the purple of flowers such as Nepeta and Lavender.

Rose Rosa Yellow Perpetually Yours
Rose Rosa Yellow Perpetually Yours


Rosa ‘Perpetually Yours’. (Climbing rose). Picture taken in Front Court. Many roses are natural climbers and the gene for climbing is actually dominant over the dwarf (or bush) gene, so there are a lot of climbing roses out there to enjoy. ‘Perpetually Yours’ is relatively vigorous and repeat flowering, so the display of creamy yellow scented flowers is very impressive at this time of year.

Roses Fellows' Garden pink and white Roses Rosa
Roses Fellows’ Garden pink and white Roses Rosa


Rosa ‘Albertine’. (Rambling rose). Picture taken in the Fellows Garden. Rambling roses are generally very vigorous and produce an adundance of small flowers, but tend not to repeat flower. Their vigorous habit makes them ideal for growing up into trees as well as for covering large structures, as is the case with the Rosa ‘Albertine’, which we have growing along the Fellows Garden wall. The fragrant, double, pink flowers of Rosa ‘Albertine’ compliment the creamy-white double flowers of Rosa ‘Alberic Barbier’ (a rambler), which we also have growing along the wall.