Roses are a group of perennial shrubs widely distributed across the northern hemisphere. Botanically known as the genus Rosa, roses have been cultivated and cross-bred for centuries, giving rise to hundreds of thousands of cultivars and hybrids.
Featured here is the rose cultivar 'Aria Babylon Eyes’ rose, which is one of the Babylon Eyes series bred in Europe
This cultivar is a result of crosses with the Persian rose species (Rosa persica) which is native to Afghanistan and Iran. Each of the white, single-petal flowers are fully open with a contrasting deep burgundy coloured central ‘eye’, or blotch which is a main characteristic of the Persian rose. Some flowers also have petals that are pink-tinged.
The open flowers are also attractive for beneficial garden insects such as lady bird beetles and bees. ‘Aria Babylon Eyes’ and other cultivars in the Babylon Eyes series are also compact and free flowering, making them a popular rose for home gardens, as they can be planted in small containers and hanging baskets.
This year’s Rose Romance display features more than 70 different cultivars of roses, some of them which were brought in for the first time and may never have been displayed before in Singapore! Come to Flower Dome and see for yourselves the different cultivars of dazzling roses including the attractive 'Aria Babylon Eyes’ rose amidst the Italian-inspired landscape.
Written by: Arthur Voo, Senior Research Executive (Research and Horticulture)
Arthur has been working closely with plants for more than 10 years, whether in a park, nature reserve or glasshouse. These days, if he isn’t taking care of plants in the glasshouses, he likes to spend his time hiking and looking for interesting plants in the wild.