Actress Dame Judi Dench has been honoured by rose grower David Austin with a gorgeous apricot flower named in her honour.
The ‘Dame Judi Dench’ rose will go on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year for all to see, reports Horticulture Week.
“We are delighted to name this rose after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen, ‘Dame Judi Dench’,” Austin told the publication.
“A beautiful rose; the blooms are a particularly rich shade of apricot, paling prettily towards the edges, lending a certain radiance.
“Beginning as striking, red-tipped buds they gradually open to reveal large informal rosettes, each with ruffled petals and a button eye. Maintaining their beauty throughout their time in flower, they are very resistant to rain damage and the petals drop neatly.
“There is a lovely, medium-strong fragrance, which combines classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi.”
He described the rose as “particularly tough” and said it grows to 4 x 4ft wide and tall.
The Chelsea Flower Show is a favourite with garden enthusiasts around the world, with around 157,000 people flooding through the gates to see the stunning display every year.