This month we feature an old fashioned rose that has stood the test of time and is well worth growing in any garden.
Cornelia is a Hybrid Musk and has many attributes that appeals to gardeners around the world. Small blooms of apricot pink, sometimes flushed with coral are produced in large clusters throughout the season. They are very fragrant with a strong musk fragrance. In the autumn, it has a good crop of hips, something often overlooked when growing roses. The flowers are complimented with bronzy glossy foliage. It is tolerant of light shade and also has a few less thorns than most roses.
A tall grower to 1.5 metres high by about the same wide, it can be trained as a short pillar rose. Introduced in 1925, it was one of the last roses to be bred by Rev Joseph Pemberton in England. Worth growing and readily obtainable from garden centres and rose nurseries.