This early flowering rose is scrambling its way to the rafters at 1 Brookside.
The charming, small-flowered yellow Banksian rose is a selection of the Chinese species Rosa banksiae, which was named in honour of the wife of Sir Joseph Banks, Lady Dorothea Banks (1758 – 1828). The straight species has slender, smooth stems reaching 12m in height, and bears clusters of rosette-shaped, double white flowers. This primrose-yellow form is considered to be less vigorous, though is considered the hardiest of the Banksian roses. All require a sheltered position, and ‘Lutea’ does well on this south-facing wall. It was introduced from China, via Calcutta Botanic Garden some time before 1824.