Felicia is one of the best of the hybrid musk roses; not as well know as Buff Beauty but of comparable qualities. It bears masses of fully double, shapely, light pink flowers with salmon pink centres. The whole flower fades attractively, becoming lighter and more silvery with age, and all the while carrying a strong aromatic fragrance. In many ways it is closer to the Hybrid Teas than the Hybrid Musk roses. Felicia is strong grower, well clothed in attractive foliage and so makes a good specimen. Perfectly lovely during its first flush in June and then flowering steadily through the summer and into September. Longer if it is in a warm spot.
You should think about Felicia as a shrub rose candidate for your garden. Lovely flowers, heavenly scent, disease resistant and deservedly still a holder of an RHS Award of Garden Merit. A super rose, but if she is not for you or if you want to look at roses to plant in the same border, then we still have a great range of UK grown roses here.
Great for your garden
Felicia does best in full sun which, as with all hybrid musk roses, heightens its perfume. Place it where you can smell it, near an outdoor seating area, outside a window or by a path. In the right position this is a rose that will quickly make a specimen sized bush about 5ft tall and maybe the same across so it is a good size and space should be allowed for it. People will want to smell it so allow for human access...
Felicia is another AGM winning hybrid musk bred by the Rev. Joseph Pemberton in the 1920's towards the end of his life. He was a prolific breeder and grower and at its height his nursery in Romford sold about 40,000 roses a year.