New faces ready to im­press

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening - By TIM PARKER

EV­ERY year, there are new-re­lease roses added to the cast of thou­sands of va­ri­eties known world­wide.

The new kids on the block build on their il­lus­tri­ous pre­de­ces­sors and rep­re­sent the latest and great­est of the rose world.

It's the great thing about grow­ing roses that while peo­ple love tried-andtrue favourites, there's al­ways a new ro­mance just around the cor­ner.

Daniel Mor­combe is a new hy­brid tea with a mis­sion.

Re­leased to sup­port the work of the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion, it has clas­sic, dark vel­vety red blooms, held on long, strong stems. Bred for long vase life, this is a per­fect cut flower va­ri­ety.

Win­ter Sun is a petal-packed, golden hy­brid tea with a lovely soft fra­grance. This va­ri­ety will of­ten flower deep into win­ter, hence its name.

Te­quila Tiger is some­thing dif­fer­ent with “tiger-striped” ex­otic blooms of blended le­mon and gold, heav­ily striped and splashed with candy pinks and near-reds.

The Op­por­tu­nity Rose is a new flori­bunda bred by Bruce Brun­dett. It's a blended beauty of apri­cot, yel­low, pink, carmine and cop­per, grow­ing to 80cm and fin­ished with a slight fra­grance.

It won Best Aus­tralian Bred Rose at the Aus­tralian Rose Trial Gar­dens in 2013.

While not a new re­lease, few roses can 'hold a can­dle' to the beau­ti­ful blooms of Can­dle­light.

Can­dle­light has gor­geous, old-world style, but­tery-gold flow­ers and boasts a de­li­cious, sweet fra­grance. It is an ex­cel­lent cut flower and has quickly be­come one of the most pop­u­lar mod­ern yel­low hy­brid tea roses around.

Re­mem­ber, to pro­duce all those beau­ti­ful blooms, roses use up plenty of energy.

To achieve best re­sults, feed them regularly, at four- to five-week in­ter­vals un­til mid-May.

Use a good-qual­ity bal­anced fer­tiliser or, bet­ter still, a ded­i­cated rose fer­tiliser.

Some of my favourite hy­brid teas are Tour­na­ment of Roses, with its cop­pery-pink blooms, and Fire Fighter, which is a great mod­ern red rose. It has in­tensely fra­grant, beau­ti­fully folded, long-last­ing blooms.

The old-world climb­ing rose Sou­venir de la Mal­mai­son stole my heart years ago with its fully quar­tered, buff pink blooms and ex­quis­ite, sweet fra­grance.

I also love the easy-grow­ing and ro­bust shrub rose Mutab­lis.

It's an an­cient va­ri­ety, pro­duc­ing masses of sim­ple, sin­gle flow­ers which grad­u­ally change colour as they fade from honey-yel­low through to cop­per, pink and near red. It is a tall, bushy grower to 2-3m high and wide, mak­ing a fine fea­ture shrub or mag­nif­i­cent rose hedge.

So, take some time to smell the roses. Grow­ing roses, like all gar­den­ing, is the per­fect an­ti­dote to our manic, dig­i­tal lives.

The Ice­berg (above) is among the world's best known roses, but there are many new re­lease vari­a­tions worth try­ing in your gar­den.

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