Fragrant, informal rosettes combine with natural, shrubby growth.
Good for disease resistance
Suitable for zones 5 - 10
This is a variety of very different character from the general run of English Roses, being rather closer to the Species Roses than to the Old Roses and more natural and shrubby in growth. The individual flowers can best be described as shallowly cupped, opening as informal rosettes; the petals quickly reflexing as the flowers age. They are held in medium-sized heads; the individual blooms nodding attractively on the stem. They have an Old Rose fragrance with a strong lemon zest character. The colour is difficult to describe or even photograph: the best we can say is an attractive light red paling to carmine red.
‘Thomas à Becket’ is a particularly strong and healthy variety. It is best used where an informal shrub is required. Depending on how it is pruned, it may grow taller.
We were asked to name this rose for Canterbury Cathedral and were very pleased to do so.