Good red roses are never easy to breed, so we are particularly pleased to introduce ‘Darcey Bussell’, as we believe it is one of the best and most healthy red roses we have bred to date. Its beautiful flowers are produced freely and with excellent continuity. When young, their outer petals form a perfect ring around an inner cup; gradually opening out to form a perfect rosette. The colour is a deep rich crimson that takes on a tinge of mauve just before the petals drop. It has a pleasing, fruity fragrance with hints of green.
With its short, bushy growth, it is a superb choice for the front of the mixed border or will be an asset to the classic rose border. Its compact growth and ability to repeat flower very well make this a wonderful choice for bedding, as can be seen at The National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Ideal for growing on the patio, balcony or roof terrace in a decorative planter. It was our first fully double crimson rose to be released since the popular William Shakespeare 2000, and is perfect for gardeners who would prefer a more compact shrub.