SALLY HOLMES – Modern Shrub Rose classed Hybrid Tea deservedly the most recent addition to the World Rose Hall of Fame in 2012



Raised by amateur rose breeder, Holmes, UK, 1976 this extremely popular modern shrub rose produces the most magnificent bracts of 5-petalled creamy-white blooms with a blush at the edge of each petal in the extremely cold weather and a splash of golden yellow stamens.

Sally Holmes has the most beautiful healthy foliage – large glossy, deep green leaves and the bush is very branching to 1.5 mtrs wide and even taller to 2 mtrs. Every branch will produce up to 50 blooms which are extremely resilient in all weather conditions and look outstanding in a tall vase. The bush should never be pruned as a normal Hybrid Tea rose but rather mechanically trimmed to a neat shrub always carrying about 1 mtr of branching growth.

Plant this grand rose as a single specimen or as a rose hedge-row – it is always a magnificent sight!

  • Excellent modern shrub rose
  • Creamy white single blooms with golden stamens
  • Tall branching shrub flowering constantly
  • Extremely healthy versatile modern shrub rose


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

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