New rose variety for 2021 named after founder of the NHS to mark health workers’ contribution in the pandemic

A new rose marking a tumultuous 12 months since the start of the pandemic has been named after the founder of the NHS. The English shrub rose, called Nye Bevan (Auspital), has been created by David Austin Roses.

“Thrust into a strange new existence in March 2020, we became heavily reliant on two staples we had come to take for granted somewhat in our busy everyday lives – our National Health Service and our outdoor spaces” a spokesperson for the company said.

“It seemed fitting that this year we celebrate both our NHS and the outdoor havens that we have relied so heavily on by naming our new rose release for 2021, ‘Nye Bevan’ (Auspital).”

The variety has pale yellow blooms which turn to cream over time. Its petals are curved-in giving an almost heart-like shape and the flowers have a light myrrh fragrance.

A medium-sized shrub, it will grow to about 3.5ft, flower repeatedly throughout the season and it can flourish in both pots and containers or larger borders.

The Nye Bevan is no exception when it comes to thorns. But grower David Austin said it hoped this “uplifting variety” with light and airy blooms may “radiate hope and positivity”. And it has one special trait which may help.

As David Austin Roses said “gardening and health have forever been entwined but this year we experienced this bond in ways we could have never imagined”.

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