The Teddington Gardener

Evelyn

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David Austin Rose, Evelyn

Evelyn is a large and glorious rose. It is not an easy variety to describe, as its flowers vary so much in shape and colour. Their colour is usually a glowing mixture of apricot and yellow with just a hint of pink, but at other times, particularly late in the season, it will be nearer to pure pink. Similarly the shape is sometimes a broad, very shallow cup, with petals turning up towards the edges; but otherwise forms more of a pure rosette. Whatever colour or shape, the flowers are always pleasing and their variations add to the interest of the rose. EVELYN is a ‘sister’ rose to JAYNE AUSTIN and SWEET JULIET, sharing some of the characteristics of both. However it is shorter, producing more flowers and less growth.

This variety is perhaps the strongest and most delicious of all the English Roses* The perfumers Crabtree and Evelyn chose this rose to represent their company.

Date of Introduction 1991. Breeding –  A cross between Graham Thomas (Mother) and Tamora (pollen parent), (and is grouped with other roses who share Gloire de Dijon in their ancestry). Like Jayne Austin and Sweet Juliet, Evelyn is related to the famous old Noisette Rose, and through it back to the Tea Roses. These all have rather ‘modern’ leaves and large, lustrous flowers, often in apricot and yellow shades.

3′ x  3.5’/90cm x 100cm/Width x Height

* Except from David Austin’s English Roses 1996. A very useful book with quite honest appraisals of these roses plus breeding information, a helpful diagram showing the habit of each variety and including profiles of many names which may have fallen out of favour and off the sale lists.

Laters, now…

One comment

  1. I planted Evelyn and Sweet Juliet in the same border in 1997; regardless of the weather they have produced masses of flowers every year and the scent from both is so good that visitors argue about which is best. Your photo of Evelyn is excellent.

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