a tea. Bred by Lowe and Shawyer, UK 1910.
There is a certain quality about this rose that very nearly defies description. Whether it is the rich warm yellow coloring, the incredibly deep and unique fragrance, or the lovely contrasting reddish-plum colored foliage that makes this such an incredible beauty is hard to say. I have not had this plant of Lady Hillingdon long, and now I cannot imagine why I took so long in acquiring it! This bloom, which is about 4 inches across, opened on May 5th in my greenhouse, and it has been one bloom that I have visited many times daily for its scent.
I believe I have the shrub form of Lady Hillingdon, which is about 3' tall and 2' wide at maturity. (Bigger in warmer climates) There is a climbing variety that is more often grown that will climb to 15' tall and 8' wide. Although I have little experience with it yet, I understand that it has winter hardiness comparable to most Hybrid Teas. I would grow this rose for the fragrance alone.
As with most of the Tea roses, 'Lady Hillingdon' is a densely twiggy, slim-branched rose that gains slowly in size over several years. I find the graceful, finely branched form of the Tea roses to be very beautiful. If you live in an area where you can grow these roses, you should make them a part of your garden.
merit rating: 7.7
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