Green is not a colour you associate very often with roses so this month’s featured rose is a very welcome new addition to this colour range.
Aptly named ‘Green with Envy’ is a new release for spring 2020 from Rob Somerfield. It is the culmination of 29 years of breeding by Rob to get a green rose good enough to release onto the market.
The blooms are lime green in colour and are produced in large clusters. The colour intensifies with age, as opposed to many other roses which fade as they age. The flower lasts a long time either on the plant or in a vase and would appeal to those who do floral work.
A medium grower with a slightly spreading habit, ‘Green with Envy’ has good health and is something a bit different to grow in your garden. Voted the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 New Zealand Rose Society International Rose Trials in Palmerston North.
Available from garden centres around New Zealand this spring. Photo credit: Glenavon Roses.