The practice of naming botanicals after the Royal family has long been a traditional practice, almost every member has one or more gorgeous flowers to their names. Although not all are ornate, a potato variety was named after Edward VII in 1902 for his coronation. As we celebrate the Royal Wedding, we take a look at some of the stunning the flowers named after the British Royalty themselves.
Flower bulb specialist de Jager, HRH The Prince of Wales’ personal supplier, is being named after and released to mark the Princes 70th Birthday. The white-flowered variety with a yellow trumpet is called ‘Duke of Rothesay’ in refernce to one of the Princes titles. Beautiful for spring, it blooms mid-April, will be available autumn 2018.
He may be one of the youngest members of the Royal Family but Prince George also has a plant named after him. The Prince George Clematis flowers crumpled white flowers with ruffled edges and a boss of golden stamens between July and September. This variety of Clematis grows reasonably tall, some can grow up to 4m in height and is best pruned by cutting each stem back to 15cm each year in early spring.
The Royal William rose us the archetypal romantic red rose. It is a beautiful bright red rose with swirling petals which unfurl to show a perfect ‘buttonhole’ center. The Royal William rose grow to between a metre and a metre and a half in height and has a beautiful sweet perfume fragrance. The thorny stems grow to bear solitary or clusters of leaves with 5-petalled flowers which are followed by red or purple fruits.
The Royal Horticultural Society named this English rose after Queen Elizabeth’s only daughter and is an intense purple before fading to softer pinky purple. The rose ‘Princess Anne’ is perfect for planting in pots as its miniature flowers continuously bloom throughout summer followed showy red or purple fruits. The flowers appear in clusters and have a lovely sweet scent and grow to around one metre tall and wide bushy plant. The deep pink colours honours her work for the Riding for the Disabled charity.
This bi-coloured evergreen is more elegant than the wholly purple variety. Growing to around 1m tall, the ‘Queen Mum’ flowers white with a flush of pale blue at the base. This evergreen variety needs protecting over winter with a layer of dry mulch to protect them from extreme cold and weather conditions.
This vibrant reddish-pink flower blooms from late June into early Autumn and unveils tubular flowers on the stems it has produced that same year. Clematis can be deciduous or evergreen and climbs by twinning leaf-stalks. Maintenance on this plant is very easy, once it is established after a couple of year, prune the whole plant back to 15cm from the ground each year in early Spring.
This cardinal-red perennial is a garden bed staple with stunning scarlet spikes and vibrant red flowers which bloom later summer adding a splash of colour just as many perennials are fading. Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’ is perfect for filling gaps in borders left by early-flowering perennials and is extremely hardy withstanding colder weather, although protecting the crown with a thick layer of dry mulch is advised. The plant is also a great choice for planting at the edges of a pond as it will tolerate water levels up to 30cm.
During a visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens in 2012, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received their own orchid. The free-flowering orchid hybrid is a stunning mix of attractive white petals and sepals with purple red spots, complemented with a dark purple lip and each flowering spray can grow to 25-35cm and can bear up to 10 blooms each.
This silver-pink classic rose dates back to the 1950s and is a popular choice for both a novice and experienced gardener as it is robust, disease resistant and can withstand inhospitable environments. The rounded pink flowers grow on long stems in either bushes or hedges and continue to grow for a long period of time providing a plentiful supply of roses. This variety is also edible and rosehips and petals can be used for making syrups and to add flavour to cold drinks or fruit dishes.
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