Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society

What better place to find the perfect roses for our new garden than the Gardens of the Rose at the Royal National Rose Society near St Albans, Hertfordshire? This year, the gardens are celebrating their 50th anniversary and entrance tickets (£6 per person) are valid until the 28th of July 2013. The gardens feature over 2,500 rose varieties – here are a few that caught my eye.

Aphrodite

Small, repeat flowering rose good for containers.

aphrodite

Champagne Cocktail

Small, fragrant floribunda rose.

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Duchess of Cornwall

Fragrant hybrid tea with large flowers.

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Lady of Shallot

Bushy shrub, can be grown as a small climber.

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Christian Dior

Very pretty hybrid tea bush.

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Fellowship

Orange floribunda, continuous flowering.

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Night Light

Pretty, fragrant climber, 3m high.

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Noble Anthony

Fragrant English rose, grows up to 90cm in height.

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Lillian Austin

English rose suitable for the front of a border. Up to 3 1.20 m in height.

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Tea Clipper

Medium shrub, almost thornless.

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Remember Me

Small hybrid tea bush. Unusual colour.

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Sharifa Asma

Short hybrid tea bush with a lovely scent.

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Windermere Rose

Rambler, up to 4.5 metre high. Will tolerate some shade.

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Amber Queen

A short bush with lovely amber coloured flowers.

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