The charisma of the former Ms. Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, launched a slew of wedding-dress knockoffs, and now it has produced another glamorous product: a vibrant rose called Kate (pictured here). The idea came not from Buckingham Palace but from a British nursery, David Austin Roses, which specializes in creating gorgeous hybrids, some named after members of the royal family. The nursery originally grew its business by crossbreeding to combine the virtues of the old-fashioned cabbage rose, which is multipetaled and highly fragrant but blooms only once a season, with the modern hybrid tea rose, which blooms repeatedly. Don’t reach for the gardening gloves just yet, though: Plant-quarantine laws prevent some of these flowers from being purchased in the U.S. this year.
This raspberry bloom is now available in the U.S. in limited quantities, but only as a cut flower, not as a shrub (call 800-328-8893 for local retailers and prices).