Hybrid tea roses do not do well on my light soil, but if I could grow them I would go all out for sumptuous colour and smell. ‘Papa Meilland’ is a classic red rose with velvety crimsonand an over- powering scent. The shapely come lavishly through the summer, and are held on strong necks, an asset if you want impressive roses for .
One or two hybrid teas of special vigour will grow well enough on light soil if fed generously, of which I can report well of ‘Madame Butterfly’, with clusters of shell-pink flowers flushed with gold at the centre, blueishand a soft, sweet scent, but in general I confine myself to shrub roses and flonbundas.
All hybrid teas prefer a rich soil and need a hardin spring. Where to place them in the garden is a more difficult matter, for the growth is too stiff for an informal setting and they do not look at ease in a mixed border. I like them best grown in their own rosebeds in the traditional head gardener’s way, where one can admire their sheer magnificence. , again a time-honoured choice, make a neat and appropriate underplanting.