Good red roses are never easy to breed, so we are particularly pleased to introduce 'Darcey Bussell', as we believe it is one of the best and most healthy red roses we have bred to date. Its beautiful flowers are produced freely and with excellent continuity. When young, their outer petals form a perfect ring around an inner cup; gradually opening out to form a perfect rosette. The colour is a deep rich crimson that takes on a tinge of mauve just before the petals drop. It has a pleasing, fruity fragrance with hints of green.
Darcey Bussell is the highly acclaimed ballerina. She was appointed principal at the Royal Ballet at the age of 20 and has danced in the title role of many ballets around the world. She has been honoured with many awards, including the OBE in 1995.
With its short, bushy growth, it is a superb choice for the front of the mixed border or will be an asset to the classic rose border. Its compact growth and ability to repeat flower very well make this a wonderful choice for bedding, as can be seen at The National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Ideal for growing on the patio, balcony or roof terrace in a decorative planter. It was our first fully double crimson rose to be released since the popular William Shakespeare 2000, and is perfect for gardeners who would prefer a more compact shrub.
Roses thrive on sunshine, ideally a minimum of four hours each day to perform their best. However, roses can still perform well in shadier locations, with selected varieties suitable for growing against a north wall.
Roses can be planted year round, but avoid doing so when the ground is frozen, waterlogged or in periods of drought. Dusting the roots with Mycorrhizal Fungi when planting will aid establishment. Allow your rose plenty of space to develop to its best, sited away from intense competition of trees & hedges.
Apply a thick layer of mulch around the base of the plant in early spring to help retain moisture and help keep competing weeds at bay. Gently fork rose fertiliser into the soil surface and continue to water well throughout the growing season. Dead-head flowers to encourage fresh new blooms to follow.
We deliver products to all UK addresses. All orders are delivered within 5 working days. You will receive an email with a tracking number once the parcel is on its way. This can be tracked on the day of delivery. If you have provided delivery instructions your items may be left without a signature.
Your order will be delivered securely packaged in a sturdy, rose print box and will include a leaflet detailing planting and care instructions.
Delivery to UK mainland addresses is usually between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, unless otherwise stated. Orders placed after 2pm may not be dispatched until the following working day. Orders for delivery to Northern Ireland, offshore islands and parts of the Highlands can take a day or two more.