Category English Roses (English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Colour Red / Crimson
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Tall Shrub, Short Climber
Special Characteristics 4 x 3.5 ft or 6-8 ft as a climber.
‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ bears large, bright crimson blooms. They are beautifully formed; deeply cupped with loosely packed petals intertwined at the centre of each bloom. The petals eventually turn back to give a domed, less formal, but still attractive, flower. They bend over with their weight, to give an elegant effect. There is a pleasing Old Rose fragrance. It is a good choice for cutting for arrangements in the home. It forms a healthy, medium-sized shrub with robust, bushy and spreading growth. The large, dark green leaves complement the colour and size of the blooms perfectly. With its striking, crimson blooms it will make a very pretty sight both as a shrub and as a short climber, especially when fanned out to encourage maximum flowering. Its relatively compact growth makes it ideal for growing against an obelisk or on wall near a doorway. Named after the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s novel.