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.
Hybrid Tea. Hayward college has deep red old fashioned style blooms that have extremely weather resistant petals that last on the bush or in a vase for weeks. The bush is medium high with a compact habit. It has dark matte foliage and any new growth is a dark red-purple. 2017 Rob Somerfield. Deciduous
Colour: Dark Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. The bright sunshine yellow blooms of this strong healthy rose are a cheerful sight in the garden from summer through to autumn. The blooms are fragrant and further enhanced by the deep green glossy foliage. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.3m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Large, beautifully textured, full blooms with a generous amount of petals in a pretty pink shade. Nice long stems perfect for picking, (very few thorns) lush green foliage and a powerful fragrance i.e. 'Heaven Scent' make this a very desirable rose. PVR 2001.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Bred in France and named after the well known French artist this very fragrant rose has large double blooms that are a striking blend of red, pink and white. Nice dark green glossy foliage and plenty of blooms from spring until autumn. PVR 1995.
Colour: Red / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Hybrid Tea. Now this is something just a little bit special. Beautifully formed flowers that have a hint of pink in the bud but open to reveal blooms of silvery lilac-grey. This rose has a delicious fragrance and healthy disease resistant foliage. It also repeats well throughout the season. PVR. 2010.
Colour: Mauve / Grey Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
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Hybrid Tea Std. Now this is something just a little bit special. Beautifully formed flowers that have a hint of pink in the bud but open to reveal blooms of silvery lilac-grey. This rose has a delicious fragrance and healthy disease resistant foliage. It also repeats well throughout the season. PVR. 2010.
Colour: Mauve / Grey Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Hybrid Tea. A highly recommended, disease resistant rose with large, velvety deep red blooms on strong upright stems. The flowers are long lasting. Dark green leathery foliage and Moderately fragrant. Lovely in a vase. Multi Award Winner including RHS AGM. 1983.PVR.
This rose is named after the award winning Swedish Actress of the same name. Ingrid Bergman is probably best remembered for her role in the film classic 'Casablanca'. A beautiful rose for a beautiful woman.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 70cm x 60cm
Hybrid Tea. Named after Sam McGredy's wife so you know it is a worthy rose. Sweetly scented, beautiful blooms shaded an unusual yet pretty pink. Repeats well from spring through to summer. Nice healthy growth habit. 1997 PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m