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New Roses of Summer 2019

Published on December 6th 2018
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Roses are available in almost every colour of the rainbow, except true blue, but we are working on it!
That means you can indulge in dreamy old-fashioned beauties or hardy bloomers that show up best in our hot summer sun, with blooms in warm shades of orange, yellow, red.

Shades of orange

‘Nelson Mandela’ (HORanylove)
A fiery orange-red floribunda Eco Chic rose. It is a tall rose that matures into a stately bush, covered with shiny, dark-green foliage that shows up the large semi-double blooms. Initiated by Keith Kirsten in consultation with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, proceeds from the sale of the rose will be donated to the Foundation
Garden uses: It can stand on its own as a focal point in a garden and is ideal for planting as a screen or to hide an unattractive wall or fence.
'Nelson Mandela'
‘Curro Rose’ (POTfire)
A vivid vermillion (orange-red) ‘stamina’ rose that grows to hip height, with bushy but neat growth. It has strong roots, disease resistant leaves and needs less water than traditional hybrid tea roses. The spreading growth shades the roots and produces short-stemmed flowers in abundance. The strong petals hold their shape and don’t fade, even under the hottest sun.
Garden uses: It stands out when planted in groups. Can also be planted among other ‘warm’ coloured roses, as a colourful hedge, or edging along a driveway, or as a specimen in a large container.
'Curro Rose'
'Espresso’ (SPEbrown)
A typical cluster-flowering floribunda growing to between hip and chest height, with semi-double blooms that are vermillion-orange but mature to an interesting coffee colour. The pronounced stamens are a feature and will attract bees. The young leaves are a glossy bronze leaves that become deep green as the flowering buds form.
Garden uses: Plant as a group or massed to make a statement. With its unusual colour it will fit in with other coppery-orange roses or blend with yellow or dusky pink roses.

Mellow yellow

‘Union Schools 100’ (KORunischo)
A sturdy floribunda with clusters of soft lemon-yellow blooms. The dense leafy bush grows to chest height and shades the roots, making it a hardy rose for drought-stressed gardens. It was chosen by Union Schools in Graaff-Reinet, a testimony to its suitability as a rose for the Karoo.
Garden uses: Plant it in mixed borders or with shrubs, in beds with other roses or prune it lightly to perform as a chest- high hedge. Also suitable for containers.
St Dunstan’s Centenary’ (KORwintori)
A hybrid tea rose that can claim the world-famous ‘Peace’ rose as part of its ancestry. The open blooms have the full old-fashioned look, and they are carried on strong upright stems that last well on the bush and in the vase. The rose was named for the centenary celebration of St Dunstan’s College in Benoni.
Garden uses: The upright mature bush reaches a height of 2 metres and is ideal in mixed rose beds, screening on fences or in groups of three as a focal point in a garden.
‘Legacy of BellaVista’ (KORdicwes)
A dazzling! Its blooms are a blend of bright orange, yellow and cream and this rose will stand out where ever it is planted. The bush itself is a neat and compact floribunda, that will fit into any garden, especially small gardens. The blooms are small but produced in great numbers and the stiff petals stand up well to all weather conditions. This rose marks the 50th anniversary of Joburg’ s Bellavista school for children with learning potential who present with specific or general learning difficulties
Garden uses: This rose performs well when grown in large pots as borders, edgings and formal rose beds.

Dangerous red

Savage Jooste Centenary’ (ORAsupa)
A neat, upright growing bush that produces smallish but perfectly shaped hybrid tea blooms in great abundance, usually three to four blooms to a stem. The clear red blooms are very showy, having a distinct white sheen on the underside of the petal. The rose falls in-between the two common rose classes, the Hybrid Tea and Floribunda, because blooms have the hybrid tea shape but with the flowering habit of a floribunda.
Garden uses: Growing to about shoulder height, this rose easily fits into mixed rose beds, or can be planted as a group on its own as a garden cut rose. Can also be planted as a row along walls or fences. Plant three together in a large container.

Shades of soft pink

‘Nomzamo’ (LUDjealousa)
A locally bred shrub rose, by Ludwig Taschner, that produces an endless supply of densely petalled rosette-shaped blooms with a light fragrance. The colour is a warm salmon apricot. The plant grows into a sturdy shrub with glossy green leaves that show off the appealing blooms.
Garden uses: Group three plants as a focal point in the garden. When planted close together the rose grows into a neat head-high flowering hedge that will enhance a wall, screen a fence or enclose a section of the garden.
‘Gloria Mthunzi’ (LUDbabfil)
Another Ludwig bred rose, that is a vigorous, tall and upright growing hybrid tea with exquisitely shaped blooms in a blend of orange, pink and cream shades. The large blooms hark back to the days when perfect exhibition-shaped blooms were popular. The blooms are carried on long stems and last well in the vase; a very good garden cut-flower variety.
Garden uses: Plant it towards the back of a rose border or group three or five together, with lower growing roses planted in front. Plants will also stand out as a feature in a mixed border.
‘Gloria Mthunzi’
‘Vesta rose’ (LUDwisarc1)
A strong-growing hybrid tea rose that falls into the new Stamina category of roses. It is named in celebration of Vesta’s 100th birthday and the family chose this bi-colour cream and coral-pink rose for its elegance, beauty and the sweet scent, which they felt epitomised Vesta. ‘Vesta’ grows into 1m-high and a 2m-wide bush, formed by strong spreading stems that curve upwards to form a huge canopy of disease resistant leaves, from which large, well-shaped hybrid-tea shaped blooms are produced on medium-length, pickable stems. The leafy canopy ensures a deeply-anchored, spreading root system that gives this plant ‘stamina’ to withstand variable weather conditions and irregular rainfall.
Garden uses: Group together and plant in a bed for maximum effect, also suitable for a large container.
‘Olga Bothongo’ (DELagac)
The epitome of the romantic roses of yesteryear. French breeder Delbard created this tall-growing Antico Moderno rose, with arching stems carrying deep cup-shaped blooms in a mélange of cream and apricot with a touch of pink. Glossy green, disease-resistant leaves cover this 2m high Eco Chic rose from top to bottom.
Garden uses: This statuesque rose makes a statement planted on its own, as a focal point in a border, or trained against a support on a wall, fence or garden partition.
‘Roma Naudé’ (KORnaurom) A fragrant hybrid tea with classically-shaped blooms in glorious shades of pink and soft-lavender. It is a 60th birthday gift from husband Etienne in honour and appreciation for the love and care bestowed upon the hundreds of roses growing in Roma’s extensive garden. The rose produces up to three blooms on each strong stem and the beautifully coloured blooms are highlighted by the silver-cream reverse on the underside of each petal.
Garden uses: The vigorous, upright growth habit of this hybrid tea makes it suitable for bedding, mixed borders and in large containers. Plant 80cm apart.
The roses are available from Ludwig’s Roses outlets throughout South Africa. For more information visit

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