The Teddington Gardener

Scepter’d Isle

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A rose introduced by David Austin in 1996, with sprays of cupped flowers showing off the stamens within. The strong fragrance is sweet and pervasive, a good example of the English myrrh note, first introduced with Constance Spry – referring to Myrrhis odorata and therefore an aniseed complex, a hint of Pernod perhaps?

“A neat  short-growing rose in the UK, but will grow to nearly 2m in a hot climate. The flowers are very cupped, so that they never open fully but enclose the stamens within the rose-pink petals. They are paler pink on the petal backs and creamy towards the centre. The flowers come in long-stemmed clusters of 3-11, held well above the leaves, and are borne almost continuously. The plant makes rather upright growth, with dark green leaves and some prickles.” RHS Encyclopedia of Roses

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