In 1984 Lady Tollemache devised this unique support system for her old-fashioned shrub roses in the gardens of Helmingham Hall. The system provides an informal and natural structure for old-fashioned roses, which tend to be lax and sprawling. The Helmingham Rose Support also enables shrub roses to produce a greater profusion of blooms because, by tying the new shoots down, sunlight reaches the full length of each stem, enabling growth from top to bottom. After heavy rainfall the rose still retains its shape. Much admired by fellow gardeners and visitors to the gardens, the Helmingham Rose Support system is now available in kit form with full assembly instructions.
To get the maximum benefit from the Helmingham Rose Support your shrub rose should be at least three years old.