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Rosa × odorata ‘Bengal Crimson’ AGM

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Louise Sims

Last night the temperature fell to -3.2 degrees, yet still this china rose is in flower. Okay so it’s not a blaze of colour as in the summer months, but I’m so impressed by its persistence.

On any given day during this very damp grey autumn I have counted at least a dozen flowers, and many more buds, on our rose. I read that city dwellers get flowers all year round which doesn’t surprise me in the least (there is a good specimen in the Chelsea Physic Garden). So, I’m aware that ours would benefit from a little more shelter; but turns out it is tougher than often given credit for. 

Also called ‘Bengal Beauty’ this rose, introduced in 1887, has an informal, almost tangled habit, and bears large, single, crimson flowers over an exceptionally long season. Individually, on close inspection, these have a rather haphazard, untidy look, but the overall impression is quite captivating. 

Two metres in height sounds big, but it’s a very accommodating rose and bounces back from a hard prune after the last frosts.

This is another plant that has been awarded the coveted RHS’s Award of Garden Merit.

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