I first came upon this unusual and fascinating rose on a Cottage Garden Society trip several years ago. Its strange flowers are made up entirely of sepals rather than petals, and are mostly green, with just an occasional flush of crimson.
It was love at first sight – I adore green flowers and unusual plants, so I jotted it down on my wish list – but of course I forgot about it. Then, a few weeks ago, I received a press release from Lubera, a Swiss plant breeding company of note that grows and sells an amazing variety of fruit. I did not realise they also have an impressive amount of roses – of which this is one. I was lucky enough to receive this sample for review. As you can see, it is a beautiful specimen.
This afternoon I photographed it and then had an enjoyable wander around the garden to find the perfect spot for the rose to thrive, and be enhanced by neighbouring plants… I think here will do nicely.
Lubera’s website is well worth a look: http://www.lubera.co.uk