Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid Tea Roses

Many of the more traditional rosarians regard the hybrid tea as the aristocrat of the rose world—although floribunda enthusiasts are inclined to dispute this. If you like a rose to be of classic formation, with a high pointed centre and petals which reflex gracefully, then this is the group to which you will turn. Many of our modern hybrid tea roses flower freely enough to make a good garden display, and if they are disbudded they will produce even larger blooms. In spite of the belief that old roses are more fragrant, most hybrid teas have some scent and many can claim this as a feature.

Hybrid Tea Roses

Making a selection can be difficult. I am familiar mainly with roses growing in British gardens, and naturally my choice is biased in this direction. Even within these confines some varieties are more suited than others to particular districts. For instance, large-flowered doubles with a great number of petals are likely to ball (fail to open) in areas of high rainfall.

Average planting distance for all the following is 60 cm (2 ft) apart either way. The height given for each cultivar is only an approximation since it will depend greatly on the area you live in, soil conditions, and pruning methods


Selection of Hybrid Tea Roses

‘Admiral Rodney’, 1m (3 ft). A large-flowered favourite for exhibition, pale rose-pink with slightly deeper reverse to petals.

‘Alec’s Red’, 1m (3 ft). Strong and upright in growth. Large, full, very fragrant, cherry-red flowers are produced freely.

‘Alexander’, 1.5 m (5 ft). A very tall, upright grower; flowers somewhat thin in petalage but a striking vermilion in colour. Good for an informal hedge.

‘Alpine Sunset’, 800 mm (2-1/2 ft). A good grower of medium height; the large peach-pink flowers have a yellow flush and are scented.

‘Big Chief’, 1.1 m (3-½ ft). Strong and upright in growth; huge crimson flowers with long-lasting qualities. An exhibitor’s variety which requires protection from rain.

‘Blessings’, 1 m (3 ft). A most attractive bedding rose, with bushy growth; the soft coral-pink flowers are freely produced and are pleasantly fragrant.

‘Blue Moon’, 1 m (3 ft). Moderate in growth, at present the best of the so-called ‘blue roses’ for garden use; the well-formed silvery lilac flowers are strongly fragrant.

‘Bobby Charlton’, 1 m (3 ft). A vigorous upright grower; the large, deep-pink bloomshave a silvery reverse. An exhibitor’s variety.

‘Bonsoir’, 1 m (3 ft). A healthy grower producing attractive peach-pink flowers freely. Suitable for exhibition and scented, but sensitive to rain damage.

‘Champion’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A medium-sized plant which produces very large, perfectly shaped blooms of creamy gold with flushes of pink and crimson. Useful in the garden and ideal for the exhibitor; scented.

‘Cheshire Life’, 600 mm (1-½ ft). Grows well and produces its vermilion-orange flowers freely. Resistant to bad weather.

‘Coalite Flame’, 1 m (3 ft). Vigorous and upright in growth; the deep, glowing, vermilion flowers are fragrant.

‘Dekorat’, 1 m (3 ft). A vigorous shrubby grower; the coral blooms, tinged with pale gold, are large and fragrant.

‘Diorama’, 1 m (3 ft). A good bedding rose; its apricot-yellow fragrant flowers resist bad weather conditions.

‘Doris Tysterman’, 1 m (3 ft). Tall, vigorous, and upright in growth; the flowers are orange-red. It is somewhat vulnerable to mildew.

‘Double Delight’, 800 mm 2-½ ft). A medium-sized plant with most distinctive blooms, attractively formed, creamy white in colour with strawberry-red edges to the petals, and wonderfully fragrant.

‘Ena Harkness’, 1 m (3 ft). A famous rose, with crimson-scarlet fragrant flowers, freely produced. Requires good cultivation.

‘Ernest H. Morse’, 1 m (3 ft). A sturdy upright grower which makes a good bedding rose; its dark red, scented flowers are freely produced.

‘Evening Star’, 1.2 m (4 ft). A tall variety, producing finely shaped, long-lasting white flowers.

‘Fragrant Cloud’, 1 m (3 ft). A popular variety for bedding; its gloriously scented geranium-red flowers acquire purplish tinges as they age in hot weather. Vigorousin growth, it may require protection against black spot.

‘Fred Gibson’, 1.1 m (3-½ ft). A tall, erect grower; flowers of classical formation, amber-yellow to apricot. An exhibitor’s favourite.

‘Grandpa Dickson’, 1 m (3 ft). A very upright grower; produces large, lemon-yellow flowers of true classical shape. Much favoured by exhibitors, and also good for gardens.

‘Harry Wheatcroft’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A sport from ‘Piccadilly’; flamboyant orange-red flowers with yellow stripes. It has the excellent bedding habit of its parent (see below).

John Waterer’, 1.1 m (3-½ ft). A tall, erect grower of good bedding habit; its large rosy-red flowers are freely produced. Slightly scented.

‘Josephine Bruce’, 600 mm (2 ft). A somewhat sprawling grower that requires pruning to an inward-facing eye; glowing, velvety crimson flowers of good form and fragrance. Prone to mildew.

Just Joey’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A fairly vigorous, upright grower; large coppery orange flowers with marked red veins – a very popular colour.

‘King’s Ransom’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A compact grower; freely produces medium-sized, rich yellow flowers. A good bedder.

‘Korp’, 1 m (3 ft). A very upright grower; its flowers, small, neat, and mainly single, are a striking signal red and vermilion in colour. Long lasting, and good for cut flowers.

‘Litakor’ (‘Lolita’), 1 m (3 ft). A good grower, most popular for cut flowers, and very productive; perfectly formed coppery gold flowers. Useful also as a garden plant.

‘Mala Rubinstein’, 1.1 m (3 ft). A strong, tall grower; very freely produced coral-pink flowers with a deeper reverse, and gloriously fragrant.

‘Mischief’, 1 m (3 ft). A first-class rose for bedding; its medium sized, soft coral-salmon flowers are freely produced and resistant to rain.

‘Mme Louis Laperriere’, 800 mm (2 ft). A moderate grower which is excellent for bedding; its dark crimson flowers, richly perfumed, are produced early and over a long season.

‘Mullard Jubilee’, 1.2 m (4 ft). A very robust grower, superb for large beds; its deep rose-pink flowers, freely produced, are large and fragrant.

‘National Trust’, 800 mm(2-½ ft). A neat, compact grower of ideal bedding habit; its medium-sized, well-formed, deep crimson-scarlet flowers are freely produced.

‘Papa Meilland’, 800 mm (2-1/24 ft). A plant of medium vigour; its dark, velvety crimson, perfectly shaped flowers have a superb fragrance. Very prone to mildew.

‘Pascali’, 1.1 m (3-½ ft). A tallish grower; produces its creamy white flowers freely. One of the few whites resistant to rain. Useful as a cut flower.

‘Peace’, 1.2 m (4 ft). A famous rose of robust growth and still popular; its freely produced, enormous flowers are yellow flushed with pink, paling as they age. Little scent.

‘Peer Gynt’, 1 m (3 ft). A vigorous, compact grower; full, somewhat globular flowers of canary yellow, flushed with pink as they age. Almost continuously in bloom.

‘Piccadilly’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A compact, bushy grower which has attracted popularity because of its scintillating appearance; freely produced flowers, scarlet with yellow reverse. An excellent bedding variety.

‘Pink Favourite’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A vigorous, healthy grower with most handsome foliage; large, excellently shaped, rose-pink flowers. A good variety for garden and exhibition, it is somewhat late in flowering and is resistant to disease.

‘Pink Supreme’, 1.1 m (3-½ ft). A vigorous, branching grower with characteristically long stems; it freely produces medium-sized, bright-pink flowers on long stems. May require protection against black spot.

‘Precious Platinum’, 1 m (3 ft). A vigorous grower; it freely produces scented, well-formed crimson blooms. An excellent bedding variety.

‘Prima Ballerina’, 1 m (3 ft). A very vigorous, upright grower; its freely produced, richly fragrant, deep cherry-pink flowers pale with age. Tends to get mildew.

‘Red Devil’, 1.1 m (3-½ ft). A tall, vigorous plant; enormous, glowing-scarlet flowers with a lighter reverse, ideal in shape and scented. Very popular for exhibition. Requires protection from rain.

‘Rose Gaujard’, 1.1 m (3-½ ft). A very vigorous, spreading grower; large, full, white flowers, heavily flushed with carmine, with a silvery reverse. An excellent variety for the beginner, it is easy to grow into an outstanding plant, but its mixture of colours is not to everyone’s taste.

‘Silver Jubilee’,800 mm (2-½ ft). A most vigorous, healthy grower; large, coppery salmon-pink flowers with peach shading, slightly scented. The flowers are freely produced over a long season, generally singly.

‘Super Star’, 1 m (3 ft). This luminous vermilion rose was the first of its colour to be introduced and enjoyed enormous popularity until recently. It is, however, susceptible to mildew in some areas and it is not recommended to the amateur grower.

‘Sutter’s Gold’, 1 m (3 ft). An upright grower, excellent for cut flowers when established; its orange-red buds open into light orange-yellow flowers. An older variety which disperses its scent freely. Requires well-cultivated soil.

‘Sweet Promise’ (‘Sonia’), 1 m (3 ft). A fairly vigorous, branching grower; shapely, moderate-sized, fragrant flowers of a delicate salmon-pink colour. Suitable for cut-flower production under glass.

‘Troika’, 1 m (3 ft). A vigorous, healthy, upright grower; its shapely and pleasantly fragrant light-apricot blooms deepen into orange at the edges.

‘Typhoon’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A vigorous, upright grower and an excellent bedding plant; slightly fragran tsalmonpink flowers with orange shadings.

‘Wendy Cussons’, 1 m (3 ft). A vigorous, branching grower; full, classically shaped, deeply fragrant cerise-scarlet blooms. A very reliable bedder, it may require protection against black spot.

‘Whisky Mac’, 800 mm (2-½ ft). A very compact grower; medium-sized, fragrant blooms of amber and bronze. Liable to mildew in some areas.

‘Yellow Pages’, 1.2 m (4 ft). A tall, upright plant; slightly fragrant, bright-yellow blooms flushed with pink. A useful bedding variety, it is easier to grow than many other yellows.


09. March 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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