The birth of the ubiquitous Hybrid Tea rose occurred around the mid 1880’s and eventuated from some fairly random crosses between Hybrid Perpetual and Tea Roses. The resulting off-spring were not called Hybrid Teas but classified according to the dominant pollen parent. It wasn’t until 1884 that Hybrid Tea Roses were listed (in a catalogue put out by Dickson’s of Northern Ireland) as a distinct group. Many years later in 1898 the National Rose Society finally accepted these “new” roses as a separate class. In modern times Hybrid Teas have been re-classified officially as “Large Flowered Roses”. However in all my many years of working in horticulture I have never heard them referred to as such and it seems the term Hybrid Tea is here to stay.
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La France, a beautiful pink rose bred in 1867 by French nurseryman Jean Baptiste Guillot is acknowledged as the first official Hybrid Tea. Henry Bennett from the UK, to whom the term Hybrid Tea is attributed without any sense of pride or prejudice, was also an important early breeder of Hybrid Tea roses. Henry’s lovely rose, Lady Mary Fitzwilliam (1882) figured in the parentage of many future cultivars. Another rose to command early attention was Mme Caroline Testout (1890) named after the Parisian dress designer. Madame promoted this bright pink rose in her salon which, “voila” led to its instant success. Modern Hybrid Tea roses, of which there are literally thousands of cultivars, have quite a mixed pedigree but are characterized by their sturdy long stems, pointed buds and large elegant flowers that open out to display a symmetrical spiral of petals, usually of good substance. Naturally Hybrid Teas repeat well and are often fragrant with glossy leathery foliage. Here at Wairere we love the sweet simplicity of Dainty Bess, EllenWilmott and Mrs Oakley Fisher, 3 desirable single roses bred in the 1920-30’s. Big Purple, Double Delight, Elina, First Love, Ingrid Bergman, Loving Memory, Pascali, Remember Me and Tequila Sunrise are all fine examples of quality Hybrid Tea roses and of course no list would be complete without the much loved Peace rose which has been an enduring favourite since 1945. Click here to check out our full list of Hybrid Tea roses.
Bush. This rose is an old favourite of mine and many other NZ gardeners. Often found thriving in older gardens. The white flowers are very fragrant and open from long pointed buds. A profuse flowering rose throughout the summer. Generally hardy and tolerant. From Northern Ireland - 1910.
There is also an excellent climbing version of this lovely old rose that David Austin has on his 'recommended roses' list - as do we.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 75cm
Hybrid Tea. A beautiful rose for your beautiful Mum. Bright rose pink blooms that are large and fully quartered. Wonderful strong fragrance and dark green glossy foliage that shows good disease resistance. Plenty of blooms throughout the season. PVR. 1997. AKA Ghita Renaissance.
Part of the 'Renaissance' collection which have been bred for excellent all round performance. These roses show good disease resistance and have plenty of flower power.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. There's nothing you can do 'cause I'm stuck like glue to 'My Girl'. That's because it's a lovely rose with unfading deep rose pink blooms with a lovely fragrance. Good compact growth habit and healthy disease resistant foliage. Gold Medal Winner - PVR. 1999.
This Rose also won NZ Rose of the Year in 2012.
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Hybrid Tea. Wouldn't this rose make a special gift or memorial for that special someone in your life and not just because of the name. The exquisite blooms are white blushed pink, very fragrant and oh so shapely. Good vigorous growth habit. A lovely rose. PVR. 2002.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. These globe shaped flowers are an outstanding bright red enhanced by dark green, healthy foliage. Excellent as a cut rose with slight fragrance bought out in the sun. Named in association with 'Nelson School' Repeat flowering. Deciduous
Named for Nelson School
Red and fragrant rose
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 60cm
Hybrid Tea. An outstanding classic shaped rose chosen to honour the 125th Jubilee of Nelson College for Girls. The blooms are a creamy apricot tinged with pink and set beautifully against dense, glossy, green disease resistant foliage. A tall vigorous grower. PVR.
Colour: Apricot / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Night Light produces a large number of lemon yellow blooms with outer petals ageing to cream. The bush is a medium height and compact with dark glossy foliage. Winner of the Certificate of Merit Palmerston North International Trial Ground 2017. Bred by Rob Somerfield, released 2019. Deciduous
Colour: Yellow / Cream Habit: Compact Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.1m x 0.9m
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Hybrid Tea. A nice rose that is generally well behaved and easy to grow. The creamy gold blooms are lightly scented and set against glossy, healthy light green foliage. Plenty of blooms that show good weather resistance appear throughout the season. Bred by McGredy in 1984. PVR.
Colour: Yellow / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
Hybrid Tea. Gorgeous two toned rose. Petals have a cream base edged in rich cherry red giving a stunning contrast of colour. Blooms are held high on strong stems either singly or in small clusters. Deciduous
Colour: Red / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: cm x cm
New season rose. Shapely, warm, yellow blooms with a subtle fragrance that never seems to be without a flower through the season. Good for picking, mid green foliage with good disease resistance and good health. Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the University of Otago Bred by Rob Somerfield, released 2019.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m