'Belle de Jour' is the Rose of the Year for 2021, and it's set to make a colourful and elegant impact in gardens next year.
Flowering from June to October, 'Belle de Jour' boasts densely-petalled flowers and deep yellow centres that blend to rich-orange on the outer petals. It's held on sturdy stems complemented by glossy, dark-green foliage.
This spectacular floribunda variety, bred by Delbard of France, has a wonderful sweet vanilla and apricot scent, certain to evoke the senses.
Thanks to its beautiful appearance, upright habit, and superb disease resistance, this rose makes a brilliant focal point in the garden for borders, beds, containers, walls and fences. It's also particularly well-suited to cottage gardens and scented gardens, and is ideal as a cut flower too.
'Belle de Jour' is the 40th Rose of the Year at Roses UK. In the competition, rose breeders enter the best of their up and coming varieties (usually up to 20), and then a series of trials are conducted in different soil and climate conditions throughout the UK, which lasts for a two-year period.
The yellow petalled rose was set to debut at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival 2020, which has been cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic. While the rose isn't available to see in person at RHS Hampton this year, there's still the chance to grow it in your own garden.
The 2020 Rose of the Year was the lightly scented Sweet Honey 'Kormecaso' with creamy-apricot petals.
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