“When at last I took the time to look into the heart of a flower, it opened up a whole new world; a world where every country walk would be an adventure, where every garden would become an enchanted one”.Princess Grace of Monaco
Princess De Monaco rose has been planted in pride of place by the entrance to our new garden in two large terracotta pots with Rosa Pincushion flowing over the sides of the pots to enhance the deep crimson edges of the Monaco rose.
The rose was named to honour Grace Kelly 1929-1982 who left Hollywood in 1956 to become the Princess Grace de Monaco when she wed Prince Rainier 111. When Grace Kelly was filming in Monaco on the film To Catch a Thief she met Prince Rainier and their love story began.
Francis Meilland bestowed upon the new Princess, what she later described as ‘ the most precious of all her wedding presents’ a rose-pink, fragrant, hybrid tea rose.
The Princess de Monaco rose is an ivory white blend Hybrid Tea with a short, bushy, upright nature and large, glossy, dark green foliage. The blooms are ivory with stunning crimson edges and a mild, fruity fragrance. It has large, full blooms borne mostly in a solitary cupped form. It will bloom in flushes throughout the season with large wide oval buds.
So far having only planted this rose in 2018 the rose has shown great resistance to disease and pests and has flowered profusely from the end of Spring into Summer. Our climate is hot and dry and the Princess de Monaco rose has had a vigorous, hardy nature with branching habit and striking beauty.