Romantic Roses: Audrey Hepburn

When a rose is named after a woman, you automatically think the woman must be beautiful. I don’t own this rose, but just knowing it’s named after one of the world’s most beautiful women makes me like it.

Beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, many roses were named for Hollywood celebrities. Audrey Hepburn was chosen as the name of a graceful and elegant Hybrid Tea rose introduced in 1991. This flower is a showy swirl of soft pink petals unfolding from the shy center. If you grow this rose in cooler climates, you’ll find the petals are more of a pink color. In warmer climates, the rose is much lighter, almost creamy-white.

This moderately fragrant rose is not easy to find. It’s tender and doesn’t do well in severe cold. However when new canes appear after the winter dieback, blooms repeat until the cold returns.

Audrey Hepburn, the actress, must have loved flowers. She starred in an Emmy-winning video series for PBS in 1990s called Gardens Of The World With Audrey Hepburn where she visited more than 50 gardens around the world, making comments and reading poetry.