Dame Judi Dench rose for RHS Chelsea Flower Show

David Austin will also launch a Vanessa Bell rose and James L Austin rose at the show.

Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench (Ausquaker) is an English Musk Hybrid with "rich apricot blooms and with a lovely fresh tea fragrance."

David Austin's said: "We are delighted to name this rose after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen, ‘Dame Judi Dench’.

"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, medium-strong fragrance, which combines classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi.

"‘Dame Judi Dench’ is a particularly tough, reliable and healthy variety. A vigorous grower, it produces strong, arching stems which, over time, form an attractive mound of blooms. The arching stems encourage many side shoots, which quickly produce a generous second crop of blooms. To encourage further repeat-flowering and to stop the production of hips, we recommend dead-heading the spent blooms. 4 x 4ft."

Bare Root retails for £19.95, Potted Rose, £24.95.

James L Austin

Vanessa Bell


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