The Arthur Bell rose, are hardy, very lovely, yellow Floribunda roses, that flower early and repeat quickly. The beautiful yellow flowers are very fragrant. The flowers begin a wonderful, deep yellow, but quickly fade to primrose, lemon, and cream color. The color change is more notable in hot sunny weather. Some gardeners find the contrast of the fading colors quite charming, while others consider it a major fault. Still, all agree that the Arthur Bell rose is certainly one of the easiest roses to grow. The bright yellow pointed buds, transform to pretty cups that are much paler in color. The petals are firm, and the flowers stand up well even in the rain.
Type Floribunda Rose
Hybridizer Sam McGredy (Northern Ireland) 1965
Growth Habits Vigorous growing bush grows 3 ½ by 2 feet across
Blooms lightly double; yellow flowers , with 20& petals, are almost 4” across and repeat well all season.
Foliage glossy, healthy green foliage, with thick prickly stems
Fragrance Rich, strong, fruity fragrance
Awards Royal National Rose Society Certificate of Merit 1964, Belfast Fragrance Prize 1967, Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit 1993
Hardy zone zones 5
The lightly double flowers show crimson stamens as they open out. The blooms are borne on thick, but sturdy, prickly stems. They appear in wonderful clusters that are held high above the glossy green foliage that is heavily veined. These Floribunda roses are very beautiful in bouquets, where the flowers are long lasting. Arthur Bell makes lovely bouquets, especially with the intense fragrance it has. You will often see this rose at exhibitions tables.
The sweetly fragrant roses on this modern clustered Floribunda, repeat their blooms all season; Summer through Fall. They are an excellent choice for a garden bed, and look especially nice when planted in groups.
This rose was named after “Arthur Bell” The maker of Scotch whisky.
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