Lady Marmalade is a gorgeous small floribunda rose with impressively large double cupped blooms of amazing tangerine orange, opening to reveal a rich golden centre. This is an incredibly free flowering rose, going at it hammer and tongs from mid-June until well into the autumn. It really is an amazing doer - each cluster of flowers can contain up to eleven richly spiced fragrant blooms which are well set off by the abundant deep green foliage. Lady Marmalade is tidy and compact - a delight in any rose garden producing fantastic cut flowers as a side benefit. This is a perfect example of a modern rose with great disease resistance and hardiness, but with that classic old rose charm!
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As with most roses Lady Marmalade likes a moist rich soil in a nice sunny spot. However also in common with most roses it is prepared to tough it out if needs be. It never hurts to remember that almost all roses are grown on rootstocks that are very closely related to some of the toughest wild roses you can find. So a bit of cold or a bit of wet will be taken in full stride. Roses do need light however and because Lady Marmalade is on the small side it is best planted towards the front of the border. If you are a follower of gardeners such as Christopher Lloyd and Elspeth Thompson (both tragically no longer with us) or Mary Keen (thankfully still here!) and you have a hot border filled with reds and oranges, then this is the rose for you. It is also striking planted as an edging rose and because it is small it can be grown successfully in a good sized container. And I nearly forgot; as Rose of the Year 2014 it lives up to its billing.
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You can buy bareroot roses to plant from November to April, or container roses are available all year round.
Choose a relatively sunny spot in the border. Dig a hole deep enough so that the rose will be planted with the graft union at soil level and without any cramping of its roots. Improve the soil from the hole by removing roots, weeds, large stones and other rubbish and adding a good dollop of well rotted compost or manure. Sprinkle Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi in the bottom of the hole so it will make contact with the roots. If planting container grown plants gently tease some roots out of the ball before planting.
Position the rose centrally and backfill the hole with soil, firming well into place. Water in thoroughly. Feed and mulch with well rotted manure in spring and keep well watered during dry periods for the first year.
Floribundas are pruned in late winter, when the strongest shoots can be cut back to an outward facing bud 30-40 cms above soil level and the weakest shoots are removed altogether. Lady Marmalade should be deadheaded throughout the summer to encourage continuous flowering.
Rosa Lady Marmalade was bred by Harkness Roses of Herefordshire who are well known for producing roses with good disease resistance.