From £9.90Size: 1m (3ft) Rose type: Hybrid Tea Colour: Deep red Shape: Hybrid Tea Fragrance: Strong Fol
From £9.90Height: 0.75m Colour: White Shape: Double Scent: Medium Flowering period: Repeat Type: Hybrid Tea
From £9.90Colour: white, touch of pinkShape of flower: high centred, doubleSize of flower: largeScent: very fr
Like soft mounds of lemon cream, the prolific flowers of hybrid tea rose Elina are deeply romantic and subtly scented, carried high on strong stems on a compact bush with strong, glossy green leaves, the new shoots tipped burnished copper in spring. The buds are a classic pointed hybrid tea shape, soon opening to large (up to 15cm across) ruffled double flowers of the prettiest primrose yellow, more richly coloured towards the centre, with a gentle perfume to suit her sweet, yet refined countenance. This wonderful combination of repeat flowering, strong growth and delightful colour has won Elina the RHS Award of Garden Merit, as well as a handful of other accolades in Germany, New Zealand and her homeland, Ireland. If you're after climbers, ramblers, or perhaps a hybrid tea in a brighter, more attention-grabbing shade, there's plenty to ponder here.
Elina is a brilliant subject for a rose border; planted in groups she can really shine – all those canary yellow blooms creating a soft, fragrant mass of sheer loveliness. She'll get to around 50cm to 1m tall, so she's never overbearing. She'll also do well in a roomy pot, given a good mulch of manure or garden compost once or twice a year. If you're planting her in a mixed border, the combination of pale yellow and purple is one that's hard to beat, so plump for salvias, nepeta or Geranium Rozanne as an underplanting, perhaps, or combine with lavenders, maybe used as a short hedge to frame her. For spring interest, underplant with bulbs such as crocus, daffodils or grape hyacinths. Elina is generally trouble free, but do keep her well watered and mulch in spring for a boost of nutrients that all roses appreciate. And don't forget to prune in late winter/early spring to keep her compact and disease free.
Elina hails from Ireland, where she was bred by Dickson Roses in 1983, the progeny of white floribunda Nana Mouskouri and apricot hybrid tea Lolita. Apparently she can produce up to 60 blooms per flush.