Next year I’m looking forward to scented roses filling the air during Summer. The varieties I’ve chosen are Dame Judi Dench and Munstead Wood.
Dame Judi Dench, named after the popular actress of stage and screen, is described as “A beautiful rose; the blooms are a particularly rich shade of apricot, paling prettily towards the edges, lending a certain radiance. Beginning as striking, red-tipped buds they gradually open to reveal large informal rosettes, each with ruffled petals and a button eye. Maintaining their beauty throughout their time in flower, they are very resistant to rain damage and the petals drop neatly. There is a lovely, light-medium fragrance, which combines classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi.”
Munstead Wood, named after the Surrey home of horticulturalist and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll is described as: “Light crimson buds gradually open to reveal very deep velvety crimson blooms, with lighter coloured outer petals. The flowers are large cups at first, becoming shallowly cupped with time. As the flowers age, we get glimpses of the stigma and stamens amongst the petals. There is a strong Old Rose scent which our fragrance expert, Robert Calkin, assesses as “warm and fruity with blackberry, blueberry and damson notes”.
The final growing space is still to be prepared so in the meantime I’ve planted them in one of the raised bed and will transplant in a few weeks.
When I start gardening around 20 years ago roses were commonly planted with the crown (the joint between the top of the rose and the roots) placed just above the soil, but in the last decade it has been common practise to plant the crown just below the soil.
At the RHS London Rose Show I asked rose expert Steven Hoy of Harkness Roses which method does he prefer:
Both roses are available from David Austin Roses:
Munstead Wood https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/munstead-wood
Dame Judi Dench https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/dame-judi-dench