We haven’t featured a climbing rose for a while now so this months featured rose is a welcome addition to the range of climbing roses grown in New Zealand.
‘Tropical Essence’ produces well-formed blooms of peach on long stems which makes it great for picking. Even better, the sweet tropical fragrance will be appreciated by those who love a scented rose.
A compact growing climber so ideal for smaller spaces, it clothes itself in dark, glossy green foliage and had good disease tolerance.
Bred by Rob Somerfield of Glenavon Roses in Tauranga, it is a welcome addition to the range of climbing roses bred by Rob which include ‘Sky Tower’ and ‘Kaimai Sunset’
Available from resellers of Glenavon Roses. Photo courtesy Glenavon Roses
By Hayden Foulds
Hayden also serves as Deputy Chairman of the World Federation of Rose Societies Rose Trials Committee amongst other rose endeavours.