Vanessa Bell is a new release from David Austin for 2017. Being the palest yellow she is a welcome addition to the our range of David Austin roses for sale which has plenty of golds, but fewer yellows.
Vanessa Bell's charm begins her buds which are very slightly blushing pink and rounded. The mature flower is shades of yellow - the more richly coloured central eye is surrounded by petals that blanch to a creamy white giving the flower a lovely luminous aura. Its shape is rounded and full with a generous clothing of large petals. The flowers grow in clusters and seem ever-present through the summer and into the autumn. Vanessa Bell has fantastic posture, holding herself upright at all times and is not leggy although reasonably tall. Her scent is a little lemony, like her colour, with a whiff of green tea and honey. Delicious.
Vanessa Bell's soft yellow colouring will fit in with virtually any other scheme in the garden, from pastel hues to vibrant primary colours. Whether your garden is an unruly bohemian affair or a terse and ordered place, Vanessa Bell will shine. Concentrate upon the fact that her rounded bushiness and embarrassment of flowers mean that you could use Vanessa Bell as a stunning hedge - to make a change from all of our other hedging plants. Plant Vanessa Bell with the deep yellow Charlotte to bring out her golden highlights or introduce her to Winchester Cathedral whose pure white flowers would also emphasise her subtle colouring.
Vanessa Bell was named after the artist and interior designer who founded the Bloomsbury group. The sister of Virginia Woolf, her home, Charleston in East Sussex, is now open to the public and a percentage of the sales of each Vanessa Bell rose goes towards the Charleston Trust which maintains the house.