Take a closer look
‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ bears large, bright crimson blooms. They are beautifully formed; deeply cupped with loosely packed petals intertwined at the centre of each bloom. The petals eventually turn back to give a domed, less formal, but still attractive, flower. They bend over with their weight, to give an elegant effect. There is a pleasing Old Rose fragrance. It is a good choice for cutting for arrangements in the home.
It will make a striking climber, especially when fanned out to encourage maximum flowering. The large, dark green leaves complement the colour and size of the blooms perfectly. Its relatively compact growth makes it ideal for covering an obelisk or small wall.
Origins of the name
Named after the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s novel.