This is a variety of classic Old Rose beauty. The flowers are quite large and deeply cupped even when fully open; the many petals arranged in a charming, rather informal way. Their colour is new to English Roses; a blend of very deep magenta, pink and red – the outer petals tending towards light purple – although this is in contrast to the outside of the petals, which are quite silvery in appearance.
The flowers nod gracefully and are produced singly or in small groups on vigorous stems. Its growth will build up to form an attractive, bushy shrub of perhaps 1.2m/4ft tall by 90cm/3ft across.
There is a delicious fragrance that changes markedly with the age of the flower; starting as a pure Tea scent and changing to a blend of Tea and Old Rose, with intriguing hints of cedar wood.
‘Young Lycidas’ would be an excellent choice to associate with English Roses and Old Roses in a rose border or in a mixed border with hardy plants.
We were asked by The Friends of Milton's Cottage to name this rose to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of the poet John Milton. ‘Lycidas’, one of the finest short poems in the English language. Interestingly, it was Milton who introduced the word ‘fragrance’ into the English language.
4 ft. x 3 ft. (1.2m x 0.9m)
Category English Roses
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom