Friesia has been popular with rose lovers all over the world for over 30 years. Friesia (pronounced like the name of the flowering bulb but spelt different) is a bright yellow rose that is one of the first to flower and continues throughout the season. The blooms, which come in clusters, are double and don’t fade much from opening to when the petals drop. Perhaps the best feature of this rose is the strong fragrance which is not common in yellow roses. Anyone who likes fragrant roses must have this one in their garden where it is a medium grower to around 1.2metres high. It is also great as a standard rose to bring the colour and scent up to eye level. Plant it with blue or purple flowering plants for a particulary stunning combination to wow people in your garden. Bred by Reimer Kordes in 1974, it was an early winner of the Gold Star of the South Pacific at the NZRS trials in Palmerston North and still a favourite with New Zealand Rosarians everywhere.
Roses prefer a soil which has good water holding capacity but is never waterlogged. A clay loam is ideal but roses will grow in most soils. Improve light soils by digging in plenty of compost and prepare the ground by deep digging prior to planting.
Roses love lots of sun but they will be fine with some afternoon shade. Five hours of sunlight is adequate. Most roses won’t do well in a very windy position but they do need good ventilation. An overcrowded situation makes them more susceptible to disease.
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