The RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show is set to reveal the Rose of the Year award 2017, following the assessment of this year's most promising new introductions.
Rose of the year 2017 is 'Scent of Heaven, bred by British hybridiser Chris Warner and introduced by Roses UK for the British rose trade. The rose is a climbing rose producing orange-salmon blooms, complemented by glossy foliage. Pointed buds open to a classic hybrid tea-shape flower with a rich, fruity fragrance. Showing exceptional health, it will flower freely throughout the season. This variety has also been awarded the fragrance prize in the Paris International Rose Trials and a Certificate of Merit in the Royal National Rose Society Trials.
'Sunny Sky', bred by W Kordes and introduced by British Association of Rose Breeders promotional arm Roses UK "on behalf of the British rose trade". Kordes, represented in the UK by Mattocks (hence its eligibility for British awards), has won four times in 11 years.
Other new Hampton Court introductions are 'Charles Dickens' and 'Lightning Strike' bred by Ronnie Rawlins and introduced by Style Roses.
Fryers is introducing 'Bollywood' and '90th Celebration'.
Defra figures show UK plant imports rose from £1,079m in 2013 to £1,106m in 2014 while exports fell from £61m in 2013 to £56m in 2014. Indications post-Brexit, are that importing into the UK could be more expensive, leading to more home production.