LARGE FLOWERED HYBRIDS
(Patens Group) - Page 1 of 2

Refers to those varieties flowering in early summer on the previous years wood. If you have a hard winter with temperatures regularly lower than minus 15°C you may find that the flowering stems have been killed to ground level and so the early flowers will have been lost, not to worry there is often a corresponding better display later in the summer. Some varieties are much better at withstanding winter cold than others, I am told that the doubles are not generally good but some single varieties such as Dawn are remarkably hardy. This is the group that is often referred to as 'No Pruning Required' I prefer to remove all dead wood, thin growth and cut back the height by at least 30 cms. Leaving a framework of strong stems that resemble an fan trained fruit tree.

NAME AND DESCRIPTION

ALICE FISK to LUTHER BURBANK

MARCELL MOSER to WILLIAM KENNETT

ALICE FISK
Long slightly pointed dark wisteria blue tepals surrounding light coloured stamens make an attractive flower. The plant is normally quite vigorous Height to 4m
AKASHI
An interesting Japanese variety which is reasonably vigorous. The flowers are a mixture of deep purple and red, quite becoming.
ANDROMEDA
Very bright and eye catching virtually pure white round tepalled background is marked with a bright carmine cross, looks like a Nelly Moser gone wrong
ANNA
A Swedish variety. Palest pink at the edge of the tepal white towards the centre. A seedling of Nelly Moser. Height to 3m.
ASAO
A variety from Japan having bright reddish pink tepals with a white bar. The flowers are held very flat. Eye catching .
BARBARA DIBLEY
Dark stamens contrasting with petunia red pointed tepals. Very showy when newly opened.
BARBARA JACKMAN 
Purple ground with contrasting crimson bar and cream stamens. Very bright Height to 4m .
BEAUTY OF RICHMOND
Dinner plate sized flowers of a rose blue hue and cream stamens Height to 4m. Pruning optional. Not usually a dense plant ideal for growing through things.
BEES JUBILEE
Rounded pink tepals with a crimson bar a Nelly Moser type but much brighter and fading less.
BLUE RAVINE
Large Flower with long pointed tepals light blue on tip with traces of red towards the centre
BRACEBRIDGE STAR
Separated tepals mauve background with a deeper rosy mauve bar. Quietly attractive .
CAPTAINE THUILLEAUX
A shortened form of the name but reach for the sun glasses, the brightest of the Nelly Moser type colours rounded wavy edged tepals Not too tall normally less than 2m.
CARNABY
Deep rose tepals with a deeper bar. Bright but not gaudy like the last plant.
CHARISSIMA
Cerise pink with maroon stamens and deeper bar tepals well pointed. Height to 4m.
COLLETTE DEVILLE
Long well spaced tepals with rounded ends. Colour is a striking in a pinky red, I have yet to decide if I like it.
CORONA
Deep petunia red when newly opened edges of tepals fading to show a bar of purple red dark contrasting to the pale centre.
CRIMSON KING
King sized rich crimson flowers produced over a long period Rather a sparse plant. Height to 4m pruning optional .
DAWN
Palest pink at tips of tepals fading to white near the centre I can often detect a gentle but pleasant scent.
DR.RUPPEL
Probably the best of the Nelly Moser striped varieties that combines good vigour and abundance of flowers that will withstand the sun Rose red with carmine bar in spring Carmine all over in the autumn. Height to 4m
DUCHESS OF SUTHERLAND
Soft magenta often semi double in spring especially when light pruned. Height to 4m Pruning optional There is not really enough of this plant to be grown on its own.
EDITH
Dark centred white flowers which flowers over a long period Pruning optional I prefer to hard prune for later flowering but the option is yours.
EDOMURISAKI
Another striking Japanese variety, rounded deep purple flowers with contrasting centre.
ELSA SPATH
An older variety with clear lavender blue tepals and dark stamens deservedly popular.
EMPRESS OF INDIA
Light violet purple deeper centre long flowering period.
ETOILE DE MALICORNE
Bi colour flowers magenta on lilac with good open shape and presentation. Vigorous grower
ETOILE DE PARIS
Pointed tepals of lilac blue and rose bar Another light grower, one of the first to flower and quite attractive. Height to nearly 2m.
FAIR ROSAMOND
Attractively scented pale rose white ground With pale wine red bar, really rather a refined young lady Height to 2m
FAIRY QUEEN
Very large pale flesh coloured tepals with a slightly darker bar red bar not a vigorous plant.
FIREWORKS
A relatively recent introduction for those that insist on loud colours and large flowers, but is does flower for a long period Purple with red bar, and a good grower, better than I make out!
FUJIMUSUME
Obviously from Japan the clearest light blue I have ever seen very nice shaped round flowers held horizontally Height to 2m eventually.
GENERAL SIKORSKI
Well presented bright mid blue flowers with tints of red towards centre carried in profusion. Normally a very vigorous plant. If the dead flowers are quickly removed a second show as good as the first will be put on..
GILLIAN BLADES
Pointed tepals with crimped edges coloured white fading to faint mauve at the edges make this special. Well worth a close inspection. Height to 3m
GUERNSEY CREAM
Rounded creamy white flowered plant which if happy will flower for a prolonged period in the spring.
HAKU OKAN
Well separated pointed tepals of presidential purple with large contrasting boss of white stamens.
HENRYI
Elegant shaped creamy white flowers with brown stamens that last well. One of the best older whites Pruning optional but more vigorous than the usual.
HERBERT JOHNSON
Large reddish mauve flowers over along period
H.F.YOUNG
Wedgwood blue flowers well shaped white centre. A really good colour for mixing , ideal for roses especially yellows and not too heavy a growth to damage the host . I have one do you
HORN OF PLENTY
Rich rosy red deep red stamens colour fades to attractive purple red. I prefer the faded version.
ISHOBEL
Normally one of the latter varieties to flower a good clean white rounded flower with a pale yellow centre. Usually gives a good display
IVAN OLSSON
A small growing variety from Sweden which grows well in a container. The rounded flowers are pale lilac edged fading to a white centre. This is worthy of a closer inspection, keep out of the bright sun.
JAMES MASON
A large white with crimped pointed tepals and deep red stamens.
JOAN PICTON
Lovely lilac with pale bar and dark centre. Something rather different and interesting .
JOHN WARREN
Silver grey background with deep carmine edging and veining on pointed tepals
KACPER
Large dinner plates painted violet purple with violet centre presented on a bright green background. Showy but nice.
KAKIO (Pink Champagne) 
Japanese again deep pink flowers early in the season. Bright and attractive.
KATHLEEN WHEELER
Large plum mauve flowers with distinctive ribbing quietly interesting .
KEITH RICHARDSON
Medium sized petunia red flowers fading to red pink. Lack a little vigour.
KING EDWARD VII
Soft violet with crimson bar dinner plates clotted cream centre! Ideal size for back of border.
LADY CAROLINE NEVILL
Pale lavender blue flowers often semi double to start light coloured stamens, has class!
LADY LONDESBOROUGH
Pale grey mauve fading to silver grey. Sounds dull but is just subtle.
LADY NORTHCLIFFE 
Clear deep lavender blue flowers of medium size Long season Height to 2m Pruning optional.
LASURSTERN 
Rich deep blue which fades gracefully. Pointed tepals pale centre Very attractive
LAURA DENNY 
Related to all the other Denny's. Vince must soon be running out of appropriate names. Lovely clear rounded white with contrasting centre.
LAWSONIANA 
Long pointed tepals of rose tinted lavender
LEMON CHIFFON 
Pale lemon tinted white with attractive surface to the tepals centre is also pale. Keep out of direct sun to reveal its full glory.
LINCOLN STAR 
Delicately coloured tepals of raspberry pink veining on a white ground. Long and pointed
LORD NEVILL 
Rich Oxford blue with dark centre wavy edges to tepals A contrast to the Lady of the same name.
LUTHER BURBANK 
Round flowers of a clear dark purple blue, grows extremely well

This article was originally published on the web at oviatt-ham.demon.co.uk (Malcolm Oviatt-Ham, Cambridge), however that website is defunct at 2014. The copyright is with Malcolm Oviatt-Ham.

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