For the month of June in the Royal Pavilion Gardens we have chosen a rose as our special plant, Rosa ‘Petite Lisette’, in particular.
This has not come from the exotic Far East, but a little closer to home. This pretty Damask rose was bred in France by Jean Paul Vibert and was a new introduction to England in 1817, making it an exciting desirable novelty when our garden was being designed.
It is not supposed to be a repeat flowerer, but unfurls its sweet pink clusters of little double pompoms slowly and continuously throughout the summer, and depending on weather conditions will carry on in a quieter way into autumn and winter.
Not big and blousy, as some of our roses, or deep purple velvety, but as neat and pretty and pink as the little French girl it was maybe named after. It is sweetly scented as sugared almonds.
The rose can be found in the beds along the path where the buskers play and round to the Royal Pavilion entrance. It is recognisable by its small double flowers in well behaved clusters, pruned to nose level for access to its delicious perfume.
Volunteer Gardener, Royal Pavilion Gardens