Roses named after famous people

Category: Garden Roses

Octavia Hill rose, Roses named after famous people

Just this year David Austin launched 3 roses named after people, so it would not come as a big surprise that there are many roses named after famous people. If you are deciding which varieties of roses to plant in your garden, you can choose ones named after your favourite celebrities or American presidents.

The fashion of naming roses after people started at the beginning of 19th century when breeding company Jackson and Perkins named their first Rose Dorothy Perkins. This rose was not named after a celebrity but rather after a Grand-daughter of one of the owners. The rose turned out to be a huge success, it won a prize at the Royal National Rose Society in 1908. As a result, Dorothy Perkins became famous overnight without having to do anything!

Since then many rose propagators named their creations after family members. So if you see a rose named after a person but no famous face comes to mind you are probably looking at rose named after a family member and not a celebrity.

These roses named after famous people are typically the best of roses. After all, celebrities can be picky as their reputation is at stake. For example, Barbara Streisand was quite particular in what kind of rose can be named after her.

List of roses named after famous people

Anne Boleyn Rose

Anne Boleyn Rose, Roses named after famous people

Anne Boleyn Rose: Name Origins: Named for the second of Henry VIII’s six wives, who was mother to Queen Elizabeth I. The neat flowers form a rosette shape, with symmetrically arranged petals in a soft shade of warm pink. The blooms are produced in large sprays and carried by the gracefully arching stems. The rose has a light fragrance. The overall impression of this rose is one of pleasing freshness, both in flower and in leaf. It has soft green, highly polished foliage.

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Type: English Musk Hybrid
Colour: Warm Pink
Petal Count: 60 +
Fragrance: light musk fragrance
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 1999

Audrey Hepburn Rose

Audrey Hepburn Rose: Creating rose worthy of Audrey Hepburn must have been quite a challenge as she is well known for her elegance and class. The light pink hybrid tea rose that was named after her is very feminine and delicate, just like the talented and beautiful actress. Her rose has a very gentle smell which can be described as a light, fruity scent. Its blooming season repeats well through the season.

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Other names: Joan’s Desire, TWOadore
Type: Hybrid tea
Colour: Light pink similar to apple bloom
Petal Count: 30 – 36 petals
Fragrance: Fruity
Breeder: Jerry F. Twomey
Year: 1991

Augusta Luise rose

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Augusta Luise rose: Augusta Louise Stolberg-Stolberg (1753-1835) is known for her lively correspondence with the poet and thinker Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1775-1776, they personally never met. She is known as Goethe’s Gustchen in the history of literature. Matthias Tantau created this rose variety in 1999 in honour of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Goethe.

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Other names: RACHEL (Tangust)
Type: Hybrid tea
Shape: Cabbage rose shape
Colour: Confection of cream, pink and peach
Petal Count: 120+
Fragrance: Strong fruity scent
Breeder: Rosen Tantau
Year: 1999

Rose Princess Alexandra of Kent

Rose Princess Alexandra of Kent, Roses named after famous people

Rose Princess Alexandra of Kent: has unusually deeply cupped blooms of warm, glowing pink. They are full-petalled in shape; the ring of light pink outer petals enclosing the warm pink inner petals, creating a most pleasing effect. In spite of their size, the flowers are never clumsy and are held nicely poised above the foliage.

This rose is famous not only because of its looks but also for its delicious award-winning fragrance. Its magnificent blooms have a delicious fresh tea fragrance which, interestingly, changes completely to lemon as the flowers age – eventually taking on additional hints of blackcurrants.

David Austin named this rose after Princess Alexandra, who is a cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.

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Other names: Ausmerchant
Type: English Old Rose Hybrid
Colour: Warm pink
Petal Count: 130 petals
Fragrance: Tea fragrance with notes of lemon and blackcurrants.
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 2002

Barbra Streisand rose

Barbra Streisand rose: Barbra Streisand was very selective when picking a rose that will bear her name. The singer has said that if a flower was named after her, she would want it to smell good and be disease free. The rose created by Tom Carruth in 2001 lived up to expectations with its rich lavender blooms that are combined with an intense citrus-like fragrance. The plants are clothed with lush foliage that is very disease resistant.

This is a rose with a family history. Its mother is an unnamed sister seedling of “Lagerfeld” and “New Zeland” is a father. Both parents are fine examples of fragrant roses, but their offspring handily outdoes them both. Its fragrance is ravishing and deeply scented.

Barbra Streisand rose is being registered as a mauve blend, which does not do justice to how finely it’s coloured. The majority of modern mauve roses have too much red or too much blue in their petals. This rose got it right and so its colours remain pure thought out its life, never greying.

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Other names: WEKquaneze
Type: Hybrid tea
Colour: Lavender with darker edges
Petal Count: 26 – 30 petals
Fragrance: Strong citrus-like scent
Breeder: Tom Carruth
Year: 2001 (in 2004 named as ‘Barbra Streisand’)

Betty White Rose

Betty White Rose: Was named after American actress with the longest television career of a female entertainer. Her rose was designed to have an old-fashioned flare and as many old roses have a fantastic fragrance. Its blooms are many petaled come in soft blush pink to cream colour.

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Other names: André le Nôtre, Fredrika Bremer, MEIceppus, Miriam Makeba
Colour: Soft blush pink to cream
Type: Hybrid tea
Petal Count: 60 to 64 petals
Fragrance: Strong, damask, musk, myrrh, rose fragrance
Breeder: Alain Meilland
Year: 2001

Rose Benjamin Britten

Rose Benjamin Britten, Roses named after famous people

Rose Benjamin Britten: English Rose ‘Benjamin Britten’ features deeply-cupped, double blossoms that open as a deep salmon pink and change to slightly cupped rosettes of a pure saturated pink-red. The rose has a strong, fruity fragrance that makes it a superb cutting rose. It was introduced by David Austin in 2001 and like most David Austin roses combines beauty, fragrance, a remarkably long-blooming season and a high resistance to diseases.

The rose was named to commemorate the life of the popular English composer, conductor and performer.

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Other names: Ausencart
Colour: Deep Salmon Pink
Type: English Leander Hybrid
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Fragrance: Lovely, intensely fruity fragrance with hints of wine and pear drops.
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 2001

Botticelli

Botticelli Rose: In 2004 Meilland created a nostalgic rose, which appears in colours ranging from salmon pink to pink. It’s appearance reminded grower of an Italian painter and draftsman Sandro Botticelli and so was named after him. The rose is very healthy and beams a pleasant smell.

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Colour: Salmon pink
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 18-23
Fragrance: no fragrance
Breeder: Alain Meilland
Year: 2004

Caesar

Caesar Rose: Much like the Roman general this rose can pull out quite a show with its ruffled petals in a pink-yellow blend. This rose is very Romantic in its nature hence its second name “Romantic Occasion”.

Two more roses were named after Ceaser, but there is limited information about them.

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Other names: MEIsardan, Romantic Occasion
Colour: Deap pink in the center fading to white with yellow undertones
Type: Climber
Petal Count: 50 + petals
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Breeder: Meilland International
Year: 1993

Christian Dior

Christian Dior Rose: Large-flowered hybrid tea was created in the 50s. Named after a Paris fashion designer. Known for Large well-formed bright crimson double blooms that have a lighter underside and a high centred and pointed shape.

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Other names: Meilie
Colour: Red
Type: Hybrid tea
Petal Count: 55 petals
Fragrance: subtle fraigrance
Breeder: Meilland
Year: 1958

Claude Monet

Claude Monet Rose: Is one striking rose with its large stripy yellow and pink blooms. This rose is also great due to its long bloom period from spring through to the first frost of autumn.

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Other names: Jacdesa
Colour: Red and yellow blend, stripes
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 17-25 petals
Fragrance: Mild fragrance
Breeder: Jack E. Christensen
Year: 1992

Rose Dame Judi Dench

Rose Dame Judi Dench, roses named after actreses, Roses named after famous people

Rose Dame Judi Dench: In 2017 David Austin produced an English musk hybrid that has rich apricot blooms, with lighter edges and named it after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen. The buds look striking in rich red colour that gradually changes to apricot when a rose reaches its peak. The rose has large rosettes, each with ruffled petals and a button eye.

Sent wise the rose is a show stopper with its lovely, medium-strong fragrance, which combines classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi.

This variety is very resistant to rain damage. A vigorous grower, it produces strong, arching stems which, over time, form an attractive mound of blooms. The arching stems encourage many side shoots, which quickly produce a generous second crop of blooms.

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Colour: Apricot
Type: English Musk Hybrid
Petal Count: 100+
Fragrance: Fresh tea fragrance
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 2017

Rose Diana, Princess of Wales

Rose Diana, Princess of Wales: This rose was developed by Zary in 1998 and named after one of the most famous people of all time. This stunning Hybrid Tea shrub rose with pink blend blooms will grow between 4 and 6 feet. It is well known for its long stems, making it a perfect cut flower. The rose is also a repeat bloomer. It is slightly fragrant, and it is very beautiful. It is also hardy and disease resistant.

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Other names: Elegant Lady, JACshaq
Colour: Pink blend
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 26-40 petals
Fragrance: Mild, sweet, tea rose fragrance
Breeder: Dr. Keith W. Zary
Year: 1998

Rose Doris Day

Rose Doris Day

Doris Day Rose: is lovely and yellow-colored just like the actress and singer that it is named after is full of joy and charm. Doris Day’s blooms are full of sunshine and will sweeten up your garden with their fruity and sweet spice aroma. The old-fashioned blooms are produced in beautiful rounded clusters on vigorous stems. You get to enjoy the gold yellow coloration until the petals drop.

What makes this rose special is its origin from the same species that produced the varieties “Sparkle & Shine” and “Jump for Joy”. So the three roses are sisters! That’s a very rare event in the rose world. The sisters are different but they share the super-floriferous attributes.

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Other names: WEKmajuchi
Colour: Golden-yellow
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 45 – 55 petals
Fragrance: Strong fruity and sweet spice
Breeder: Christian Bédard
Year: 2013

Elizabeth Taylor Rose

Elizabeth Taylor Rose: The rose blooms come in bright pink with darker pink edges. Elizabeth Taylor is known for an extremely successful film career and a glamorous lifestyle, and the rose named after her complements the classic star perfectly.

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Colour: Deep pink with smoky edges
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 35 petals
Fragrance: Light spice fragrance
Breeder: Von C. Weddle
Year: 1985

President Franklin D. Roosevelt rose

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Colour: Orange or orange-red
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 40 petals
Fragrance: Moderate fragrance
Breeder: Reynolds
Year: 1933

George Burns Rose

George Burns Rose: Named after the quirky comedian for his 100th birthday, this rose has ruffled red and yellow striped flowers. It’s a colourful, fragrant rose with lots of flair and personality, just like the man himself!

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Colour: Stripes of yellow, red, pink & cream
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 30-35 petals
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Breeder: Tom Carruth
Year: 1998

Rose Gertrude Jekyll

Rose Gertrude Jekyll: This rose was named after a famous British gardener, landscape designer, artist, and writer. During her life, she created more than 400 gardens in the UK, Europe and the USA. The flowers of this rose start as little buds and soon open into the most beautiful, large, rosette-shaped flowers of rich glowing pink. The most outstanding characteristic of this lovely rose is its beautiful and perfectly balanced Old Rose scent. This is often described as being the quintessential Old Rose fragrance.

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Colour: Rich Pink, Fuchsia
Type: English Old Rose Hybrid
Petal Count: 90 + petals
Fragrance: Strong fraigrance
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 1986

Rose of Gina Lollobrigida

Rose of Gina Lollobrigida: Golden-yellow blooms and a heady fragrance give this Hybrid Tea rose its Star quality worthy of Italian actress. Large, abundant blooms on a strong, upright plant with dense, medium green foliage.

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Other names: Children’s Rose, MEIlivar, The Children’s Rose
Colour: Deep Yellow
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 50+ petals
Fragrance: Moderate fragrance.
Breeder: Meilland International
Year: 1988

Rose Graham Thomas

Rose Graham Thomas, Roses named after famous people

Rose Graham Thomas: Graham Stuart Thomas (1909-2003) – English gardener, landscape designer, artist, writer, a talented poet, photographer and musician. World fame was due to his work on the collection and promotion of old and new varieties of roses. He gathered a collection of Old Roses, which formed the basis of the National Collection at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. Austin and Thomas shared a love of old roses.

Rose ‘Graham Thomas’ was introduced by David Austin in 1983. The rose bears medium-sized, cupped blooms in an unusually rich, pure yellow that would be hard to match even among modern roses, also something that is entirely missing among Old Roses. There is a medium-strong, fresh tea rose fragrance, with a cool violet character typical of its colour group.

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Colour: Pure yellow
Type: English Musk Hybrid
Petal Count: 50 + petals
Fragrance: Fresh tea rose fragrance, with a cool violet character
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 1983

General Washington rose

General Washington rose: The General Washington is a true Tea Rose of the highest order and combines all the advantages of the best roses of this class. This rose borrowed colour of its female parent the old Tea Mansais, with pink shades among the outer petals and cream colour towards the centre. It’s great charm, however, is in the bud when half expanded. When open it is entirely it is rather large and has never thus far shown a green centre (which is so apt to occur in the first class Tea roses). It is a very free bloomer a vigorous grower has a hardy habit and the foliage is clear and handsome being well fringed with the dark mahogany colour always indicative of healthful exuberance in the rose.

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Colour: Dark red/Pinkish Red
Type: Hybrid Perpetual
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Breeder: Charles G. Page
Year: 1861

Henry Ford

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Colour: Lemon-yellow
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 9-16 petals
Fragrance: Mild fragrance
Breeder: Harry Deverman
Year: 1927

Ingrid Bergman Rose

Ingrid Bergman rose

Ingrid Bergman: This rose is a stunner like the actress it is named after This Hybrid Tea rose was hybridised by Poulsen in 1984 and in 2000 was inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame. The Ingrid Bergman rose has a long list of other awards which means it is hardy and disease resistant. Its petals are dark red and velvety. It grows to about 3 to 4 feet with a delightful arching habit. It blooms from summer through to autumn. A must have for a rose garden.

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Other names: POUlman
Colour: Dark red
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 26 – 40 petals
Fragrance:
Breeder: Poulsen
Year: 1984

Rose James Galway

Rose James Galway

Rose James Galway: The rose was inspired by the internationally acclaimed British flautist. Its blooms are strikingly beautiful, warm pink rosettes packed with many, perfectly arranged petals. The blooms are very full, with the numerous petals beautifully arranged to create a neat, slightly domed flower. There is a delicious Old Rose fragrance of medium strength. It is free from disease and repeats well.

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Other names: AUScrystal
Colour: Warm Pink
Type: English Leander Hybrid
Petal Count: 70 +
Fragrance: Old Rose fragrance
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 2000

Empress Josephine Rose

Empress Josephine: Named after the great rose lover and collector, who probably did more than anyone else to establish and encourage interest in roses throughout Europe. At Malmaison, Empress Joséphine gathered together the largest collection of roses ever established up to her time.

One of the most beautiful Old Roses bearing large, loosely double blooms with wavy petals of an unusual papery appearance. Their colour is a clear rose pink veined with deep pink. Although only once-flowering, the flowers are followed by a fine crop of large, orange, turbinate hips.

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Other names: L’Imperatrice Josephine, Souvenir de l’Imperatrice Josephine
Colour: Cherry-pink
Type: Gallica
Petal Count: 70 +
Fragrance: Old rose fraigrance
Breeder: Jacques-Louis Descemet
Year: 1815

Julia Child Rose

Julia Child Rose: Julia Child was famous for introducing American homemakers to French cuisine, which is known for its rich and decadent ingredients. The award-winning chef personally chose her own rose. The Julia Child Rose is golden yellow like butter and has a sweet liquorice fragrance.

This variety was bred by the American Tom Carruth in 2004. The Julia Child cultivar features golden flowers produced in clusters that repeat all season long.

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Other names: Absolutely Fabulous, Anisade, Jiřina Bohdalová, SASOL Rose
Colour: Yellow
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 26–40 petals
Fragrance: Sweet liquorice fragrance
Breeder: Tom Carruth
Year: 2004

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci: A dramatically quartered, medium pink bloom on a well-contained plant. The bulbous buds open into old-fashioned, large, very full flowers. Pleasantly Pink and everblooming. The rose looks like it walked out of the Da Vinci’s canvas.

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Other names: MEIdeauri
Colour: Pink
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 75 – 80 petals
Fragrance: Mild, tea fragrance
Breeder: Alain Meilland
Year: 1993

Lord Byron

Lord Byron:

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Other names: MEItosier, Polka ™, Polka 91, Scented Dawn, Twilight Glow
Colour: Apricot or apricot blend Large-Flowered Climber
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Petal Count: 40 +
Fragrance: Old rose fragrance
Breeder: Meilland International
Year: 1991

Mr. Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln: One of the world’s all-time favourite roses named after one of the world’s most famous people. Famous for its impressive bright velvety red blooms that often reach 6 inches across, it is also one of the most fragrant of all. It was bred by Weeks in 1964. It was introduced into the USA by Conard-Pyle in 1965. A Hybrid Tea shrub rose which grows to about 3 feet or more and also as a climber, up to 7 feet. With its scented velvety flowers, it is a wonderful cut flower. It blooms repeatedly from spring through summer.

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Colour: Bright velvety red
Type: Hybrid Tea shrub rose
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Fragrance: Exceptionally fragrant rose
Breeder: Conard-Pyle
Year: 1965

Marilyn Monroe Rose

Marilyn Monroe Rose: Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell, has a soft, creamy apricot coloured hybrid rose named after her. The rose is lightly scented and a classic beauty, which perfectly represents Marilyn’s timeless beauty.

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Other names: WEKsunspat
Colour: Apricot or apricot blend
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 26-40 petals
Fragrance:
Breeder: Tom Carruth
Year: 2002

Rose Marie Curie

Rose Marie Curie: The Marie Curie rose was bred in France in 1997 in the Meilland cattery and named after Maria Sklodowska-Curie is a well-known physicist and chemist.

Rose Marie Curie can effortlessly provide colour, form and beauty in the garden. Abundant clusters of ruffled, orange-pink blend blooms cover this vigorous compact rose with deep-green, glossy foliage to the ground.

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Other names: MEIlomit, Romantic Dreams, Umilo
Colour: Orange-Pink blend
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 35 petals
Fragrance: Clove fragrance
Breeder: Meilland International
Year: 1997

Rosa Michelangelo

Rosa Michelangelo: This rose was named after a great Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet of the Renaissance.

With its sweet lemony fragrance and its vibrantly saturated golden petals, this modern Romantica rose will be welcomed in most gardens. This variety has perfect stems for cutting and old-fashioned blooms, so can be a great addition to any bouquet.

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Other names: Gracious Queen, MEItelov, Michel Angelo
Colour: Buttery-yellow
Type: Tea-hybrid
Petal Count: 41+ petals
Fragrance: weet lemony fragrance
Breeder: Meilland
Year: 1996

Rose Mozart

Rose Mozart: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791 gg.) – a great Austrian composer.
The variety was bred in Germany in 1937 by breeder Peter Lambert. Refers to a group of park roses.

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Rose Natasha Richardson

Rose Natasha Richardson

Rose Natasha Richardson: This rose emanates charm and beauty with an elegant combination of old and new. The blooms are reminiscent of old English roses, with a perfume to match. Yet this is a modern rose, with incredible disease resistance, dense foliage and an abundance of pink flowers, which are pure and sharp in colour, plentiful in quantity and carry the most enchanting perfume.

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Other names: Harpacket
Colour: Pink
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 26-40 petals
Fragrance: Strong, citrus fragrance
Breeder: Harkness
Year: 2011

Rose Octavia Hill

Octavia Hill rose, Roses named after famous people

Rose Octavia Hill: Octavia Hill was an English social reformer, whose main concern was the welfare of the inhabitants of cities, especially London. in the gardening world, she is famous for being one of the three founders of National Trust and preservation of London’s Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill Fields. In 1995, to mark the centenary of the National Trust, a new variety of rose, “Octavia Hill”, was named in her honour.

Adding an excitement to the garden, Rose Octavia Hill features lovely colourful blooms of intricate form and beauty. The flowers are a mid rose pink and long lasting with plenty of petals in each bloom and a gentle perfume. Flowers grow in large clusters of up to 15 flowers it keeps on coming through Summer and Autumn.

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Other names: HARzeal
Colour: Light pink to pink
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 50 + petals
Fragrance: Moderate, damask fragrance
Breeder: Harkness
Year: 1994

Rose Paul McCartney

Rose Paul McCartney: is an award-winning hybrid with deep pink double blooms and highly fragrant. It was bred in honour of the singer’s 50th birthday. A perfect rose, representing Paul’s perfectionist tendencies.

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Colour: Pink
Type: Hybrid Tea Rose
Petal Count: 20-25 petals
Fragrance: Sweet, candy-like fragrance
Breeder: Meilland
Year: 1996

Rose The Princess De Monaco

Rose The Princess De Monaco: also known as The Grace Kelly Rose. Another beauty from Marie-Louise Meilland in 1981. It is a gorgeous Hybrid Tea rose which is named after the beautiful actress Grace Kelly. This rose is a survivor, standing up to Black Spot which is the only disease which affects it here in SE QLD where it gets rather humid in summer. But as long as you pick off the affected leaves (and wrap them in paper and place them in the bin), then it will not spread.

It flowers profusely in mid-spring through to mid-summer and into mid-autumn. It will always have pride of place in any home I live in. And so will the shrub form which makes an ideal container rose. This rose is sometimes described as white rose tinged with pink, but I can’t see this. I would describe it as pink with gold ‘at its heart’.

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Other names: Grace Kelly, MEImagarmic, Preference, Princess Grace, Princess of Monaco
Colour: White, near white or white blend
Type: Hybrid Tea
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Breeder: Marie-Louise (Louisette) Meilland
Year: 1981

Princess Aiko

Princess Aiko: (2002 — Keisei, Japan) The rose Princess Aiko is a beautiful salmon pink garden rose with a peony shape and will brighten up any room. The Rose Princess Aiko is also known as the ”Beloved One” and was named after a Japanese princess.

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Colour: Peach – pink
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 25 – 30 petals
Fragrance: Mild fragrance
Breeder: Keisei Rose Nurseries Inc
Year: 2002

Rose Queen of Sweden

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Rose Queen of Sweden: The rose was named after Queen Christina of Sweden in 2004. Produced to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Queen Christina of Sweden and Oliver Cromwell of Great Britain in 1654.

Exquisite little buds open to half-enclosed cups, eventually becoming wide, shallow cups. The colour begins as soft-apricot pink, gradually changing to a pure soft pink over time. With its upward facing blooms and pleasing formality of form, it is a particularly good rose for cutting to create flower arrangements in the home. There is a classic myrrh fragrance – a scent closely associated with the English Roses.

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Colour: Soft-apricot pink
Type: English Musk Hybrid
Petal Count: 50 +
Fragrance: classic myrrh fragrance
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 2004

Rose Robert Winston

Rosa Robert Winston

Rosa Robert Winston: In 2009 Harkness introduced a beautiful rich red rose named after a British professor, medical doctor, scientist, television presenter Robert Winson.

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Other names: HARsunup
Colour: Red / Coral Orang
Type: Floribunda
Petal Count: 20 + petals
Fragrance:
Breeder: Harkness
Year: 2009

Roald Dahl Rose

Roald Dahl Rose: Very free-flowering peach coloured blooms, produced almost continuously. Beautiful orange-red buds open to cupped peach rosettes with a lovely Tea fragrance. It matures into a very attractive, rounded, bushy shrub with few thorns.

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Colour: Peach coloured blooms
Type: English Musk Hybrid
Petal Count: 50 +
Fragrance: Tea fragrance
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 2016

Rose Thelma Barlow

Rose Thelma Barlow

Rose Thelma Barlow: “Thelma Barlow” rose was named after an English television actress and writer. The Rose starts as a deep pink bud that fades to light pink when the rose opens up and further fades to cream.

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Other names: FRYfelma
Colour: Light pink with time gradually fades to cream
Type: Hybrid Tea
Petal Count: 35-40
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Breeder: Gareth Fryer
Year: 2001

Rose Vanessa Bell

Rose Vanessa Bell

Rose Vanessa Bell: This delicate beauty was named after artist, designer and founder member of the Bloomsbury Group, Vanessa Bell. Rose Vanessa Bellis a rose of elegance with an alluring freshness and grace. Its rounded, pink-tinged buds open to reveal deep, medium-sized cups held in large, open clusters. Soft lemon yellow with white edges, the delicate texture of the outer petals is such that the light runs through them creating a pleasing, almost luminous effect. The inner petals frame a rich yellow eye deep in the centre of each bloom. It is very free-flowering, producing blooms almost continuously throughout the summer months. There is a lovely medium strength fragrance, which is best described as green tea with aspects of lemon and, at times, honey.

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Colour: Soft lemon-yellow palling to white at the edges
Type: English Musk Hybrid
Petal Count: 100+
Fragrance: green tea with aspects of lemon and, at times, honey
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 2017

Rose St. Swithun

Rose St.Swithun, AUSwith, Saint Swithun, St. Swithuns

Rose St.Swithun: This superb English shrub rose with magnificent saucer-like flowers in softest warm pink would be a great addition to any garden. Its blooms filled with over a hundred small, frilly petals; the petals in each bloom are arranged around a central button eye. Although large, they are never awkward or overbearing.

The blooms are a lovely shade of pure soft pink at the centre, gradually fading to palest pink at the edges. This rose may also have the slightest hint of yellow at the centre. It flowers freely and repeats very quickly.

Its double blooms are sweetly scented with a hint of myrrh, typical of the English Roses. Some people may find its fragrance too peculiar. If you are looking for a traditional old rose scent, then this rose will not be your thing! As it has a sort of soapy, candy-like perfume.

Named after St. Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Winchester Cathedral.

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Other names: AUSwith, Saint Swithun, St. Swithuns
Colour: Light pink
Type: English Old Rose Hybrid
Petal Count: 100 +
Fragrance: Strong Myrrh fragrance with some soft Old Rose scent
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 1993

Rose Sir Walter Raleigh

Rose Sir Walter Raleigh, AUSspry, peony-like rose

Rose Walter Raleigh: A modern variety of rose plant of the shrub class distinctive in its character by its large peony-like, creamy pink blooms with up to 50 petals. Its fine double flowers of an unusual blend of colouring and shaping when open expose a bunch of golden stamens. The cupped blooms are held on long candelabra-like stems in large sprays. This tall rose could easily be trained as a lovely pillar rose and become a gemstone of your garden.

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Other names: AUSspry
Colour: Medium pink
Type: Shrub
Petal Count: 50+ petals
Fragrance: Strong fragrance
Breeder: David Austin
Year: 1985

Full list of rose cultivars named after people can be found on Wiki