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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2011: Flower Trends

A look at the most exciting new roses at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Orange is hot hot hot, and so are big, blowsy, beautiful old fashioned roses. With lots of illustrations and photos of all the flower stands.

Written by Amelia Gregory

RHS Flowers by Laura Parker
Roses at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by Laura Parker.

So, you’ve already met the hot new trends in garden design, now time for my interpretations of flower trends. Mainly in roses as it turns out, because my dad was very keen on loitering in the rose tent. As a result of his in depth investigations he’s just bought a whole load of climbers and ramblers to plant up the walls of his house… I’m thinking of doing the same. I quite fancy a little garden cottage in Brick Lane! And the ivy is taking over somewhat…

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Gloriosa Rothschildiana at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by Toni Bowater.

But first, a stop at the Dutch Allium stand, where my mother bought 50 bulbs of bee attracting Allium sphaerocephalon. Glorious purple globes in every shape and shade! I was also taken by the spikey orange Gloriosa Rothschildiana flowers.

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Now for the main trends in rose, plus a peek at the stuff I just well, you know, liked. Orange is so now you would not believe: hot, peachy, tropical and all types of orange in between. Every stand had them… Wildfire, Rotary Sunrise, Brilliant Sweet Dream, Super Trouper, Top Marks and Easy Does It (HarPageant Orange) – the gorgeous curly petaled rose.

Rose by Gareth A Hopkins
Rose by Gareth A Hopkins.

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Blowsy and peachy is also big, with the likes of Belle Epoque appearing on lots of stands, especially blowsy with faded and differentiated edges, like you might see on an antique book, epitomised in a rose called Nostalgia. I also liked SchoolGirl, a deep pink edged modern climber and Blue For You, which is an astonishing lilac colour.

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Flower Show Love by Hollie McManus.

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I don’t know what the technical name is for this, but tight double furls inside the outer petals were also a new look to me and featured heavily.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by Illustrating Rain.

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Hot Chocolate may seem like an odd name for a rose but this was also everywhere – a curious shade, somewhere between orange, brick and brown. It had a nice scent too.

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I loved the stripy dog rose hybrid for patios, Wonderful News had amazing stripes.

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I also liked the curious star shaped rose that I found lurking at the bottom of the display on one stand. Super Flower Carpet Procumbent – what an odd one!

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On a more general note there’s something about the way that stands are arranged to show off flowers that tickles me greatly…. here are just a few of my favourites!

Hampton Court Flower Show Floral Marquee by Sam Parr
Hampton Court Flower Show Floral Marquee by Sam Parr.

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Hampton Court Flower Show by Toni Bowater
Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by Toni Bowater.

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Flowers by Lou Taylor.

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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show by Illustrating Rain.

Garden, flower at Hampton Court by Bern O'Donoghue
Garden, flower at Hampton Court by Bern O’Donoghue.

And finally (I think I should stop) here’s some wonderful Beatles swinging 60s style arrangements from the Horticultural colleges. Don’t forget to check in with my blog about Garden Design too.

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All photography by Amelia Gregory. Please do not take without asking!

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