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Rose of the Year 2013

Floribunda rose, You're Beautiful ('Fryracy') has been named the winner of the elusive title

Bred by Gareth Fryer, You’re Beautiful ('Fryracy') has been chosen as winner of Rose of the Year 2013. It also gained a Gold Standard® award in a recent British Association of Rose Breeders/National Institute Agricultural Botany rose trial.

This Floribunda rose produces an abundance of bright pink, well-formed, lightly scented flowers with rich and healthy foliage. It has strong growth and is bushy but neat in habit, making it suitable for borders and containers. Height and spread: 85cm x 85cm (3ft x 3ft).

It will be available from nurseries and garden centres countrywide from autumn 2012.

Rose of the Year trials

UK rose breeders and breeders’ agents only enter their most promising new roses into the Rose of the Year trials. The diversity of trial locations around the country ensures that the roses are tested in a variety of soil and climate conditions. Flower and plant form, colour, scent, abundance of flower, health and ease of maintenance are all considered.

Other new varieties making their debut at this show include:

Lancelot ('Tan03542')


Introduced by Pococks Roses and bred by Rosen Tantau of Germany, this large-flowering climber produces fragrant yellow flowers. The foliage is olive-green and glossy, with excellent resistance to fungal diseases. Easy to train and reaching a height of about three metres (10ft), this rose is ideal for growing on trellis, walls and columns. Once established, it repeat flowers rapidly, blooming continuously throughout the season.

Bobby Dazzler ('Smi133-02')


Bobby DazzlerIntroduced by Style Roses and bred by Edward Smith Roses, this attractive shorter flowering Floribunda will produce masses of rich yellow mid-sized double blooms which contrast well against healthy light green semi-glossy foliage. The bush has an easily managed, well-rounded habit, making it an ideal plant for borders or containers. Once flowering starts, it will continue right through until hard frosts.

Summer Sweetheart ('Harquasar')


Bred and introduced by Harkness Roses, this repeat-flowering climber produces lightly scented, semi-double flowers of warm coral-pink. The colour is pure, with little fade. Foliage is disease-tolerant, and although fast growing, it is relatively small, making it suitable for training against walls, pillars, fences and trellis, in partly shaded situations or full sun.
Height and spread: 200cm x100cm (6.5ftx3ft).

Esperanza ('Harquark')


EsperanzaBred and introduced by Harkness Roses, this shrub rose produces masses of  lightly scented, single candy-pink flowers with bright yellow stamens. Thriving in all weathers, the foliage has outstanding disease resistance. An ideal plant for mixed borders and mass plantings, it will also do very well in containers.

Twenty per cent of receipts from sales of this rose from the Harkness catalogue will be donated to Addenbrooke’s Hospital Trust to benefit the C10 Comfort Fund which specialises in blood disorders that are usually cancer-related.
Height and spread: 80cmx80cm (31inx31in).

Red Ribbon ('Horhello')


Red RibbonIntroduced by Bill Le Grice Roses, this Floribunda rose marks the 30th Anniversary of the Terrence Higgins Trust. Producing masses of lightly scented, red blooms that are suffused with silver, it is a neat and versatile rose for borders and container planting.
Terrence Higgins Trust is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity.
Height and spread: 70cm x70cm (28inx28in).

Nelson’s Journey ('Beaflirt')


Nelson's JourneyIntroduced by Peter Beales Roses, this modern shrub rose repeat flowers well, producing two-tone pink, semi-double flowers with a subtle fragrance, offset by healthy foliage.
Height and spread: 90cmx90cm (35inx35in).  The rose is named after the Norfolk-based children’s charity Nelson’s Journey, which provides a service for children and young people aged up to 17 years, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.
Height and spread: 90cmx90cm (35inx35in).

Richard Porson ('Beajuniper')


Richard PorsonDeep red buds which open to double crimson-pink, fragrant flowers on a compact shrub rose with mid-green foliage.
The rose is named after the 18th century Norfolk born classic Greek scholar Richard Porson who lived from 1759 to 1808. He gained particular recognition for developing Porson’s Law and the Greek typeface Porson.  This rose will be planted at East Ruston Old Vicarage, East Ruston, Norwich.
Height and spread: 90cm (35in) x 90cm (35in).