Twice in a Blue Moon is far and away the best of the blue roses. As with the black tulip, so it is with the blue rose; there is no genuine blue in the rose world. But this is a rose that comes close. The huge, heavily scented and classically shaped flowers are, in truth, a silver lilac but with a hint of blue as well. This is a stunning rose. It is never overburdened with flowers (it would collapse if it were) but Twice in a Blue Moon flowers steadily and reliably from early June until late October.
It has taken over from Blue Moon as the pre-eminent 'blue' rose. Healthier, more vigorous and carrying many more flowers there is little comparison between the two apart from their colour. So, if you are in the market for a silver lilac hybrid tea rose then you should not have to look any further, but if not or if you are looking for companion roses to plant in the same border, then take a look at our full range of UK grown roses here
Twice in a Blue Moon needs a good position as it will be a star of your rose border, so find it a good place with plenty of light and deep, moisture retentive soil. Plant it where you can get at it easily - if for no better reason than it is both very fragrant and a great cutting rose so it will attract visitors! It is a typically sized hybrid tea, growing to about 4ft (1.2m) at the most. As with so many roses the best layout is planted in a group. If your colour scheme does not allow for a blue rose then find a home for at least one in your cutting bed as it is long stemmed and perfect for flower arrangements.
Twice in a Blue Moon is a german rose, bred by Bred by Hans Jurgen Evers but introduced by Tantau Roses in 2004. It also was the inspiration behind the title of Ferry Corsten's third album of the same name. He felt that he was doubly blessed by the love of his wife and his daughter; something he said could only happen twice in a blue moon. [Just not quite sure that Dutch Trance is my thing - Ed]