Sophys Rose has extraordinarily beautiful flowers! They are a lovely shade of crimson/purple with the petals being paler underneath. The petals fold over in the center of the flower to form a neat button eye. The flower has a large amount of petals that reflex back along their edges, to form a point at the tips. They remind me of Dahlia flowers.
The flowers typically come in clusters of 3-5 per cluster, and show off well against the lovely, very healthy foliage. This English rosebush has dense, twiggy growth and very few thorns (prickles).
Type English Shrub Rose
Hybridizer David Austin 19997(United Kingdom)
Growth Habits A shrub rose bush that can grow 3- 4 1/2’ tall by 3-4' wide.
Blooms Crimson Red colored blooms, that fade to deep pink, are large, rosette shaped, with full petalled flowers that are 5" across. The blooms have 41-50 petals.
Foliage The medium/dark leaves, have few prickles (thorns)
Fragrance Strong tea fragrance
Hardy zone zones 5b-10
This rose is a short, bushy grower that is perfect for the front of the border, or in the front of the rose garden. It will produce plenty of wide, rosette shaped flowers all season.
It is a very free-flowering rosebush, that repeats the blooms quickly. It does well throughout the U.S. in both warmer and cooler climates.
This is a most reliable rose, that blooms in flushes throughout the growing season.
When introduced by David Austin, it was a different
colored red than his usual pastel colored English roses. He has since introduced many different shades of brightly colored roses, and I am sure, he will continue to do so.
It was named for Dyslexia Action
Sophy is an extremely healthy growing, and hardy rose.
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