Rosa banksii ‘Lutea’

This is Rosa Banksii ‘Lutea’. As you can seen it’s a yellow rose, a rambler actually, which scrambles through a white flowered Wisteria growing up the red brick wall at the front of our house. It’s thornless, vigorous and healthy so it’s a lovely plant if you have a tall bare wall or if you are wanting to introduce a touch of country style to your garden… there’s nothing quite like rambling roses for adding a romantic atmosphere. You will need plenty of space though. In ten years our rose has reached the roof of our house and they can grow up to 40 feet / 12 metres tall or even more.

Rosa banksii ‘Lutea’ is an early flowering lightly scented rose producing small flowers in clusters or sprays in April and May. Usually our rose is in full flower at the end of April but this year it’s a few weeks later to bloom and we are still waiting for a really good show. Perhaps it will coincide with the wisteria which would be lovely but in the meantime we do have a few yellow roses to enjoy.



I cut a few Rose sprigs and added a couple of stems of Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) which lines our driveway. Anthriscus is a wild flower or weed depending on your point of view. I love it right now because it adds a lightness to cut flowers which really only Ammi can match and that’s not in flower yet here.


Here they are together in a small vase. I love yellow roses and I’m enjoying the Cow Parsley too.


Today is the blog event In a Vase on Monday which you may want to take a peek at or join in with. After you have read Cathy’s post you’ll see there are lots of comments and links to other garden bloggers.
Happy Reading and most importantly Happy Gardening! Gillian 🙂


19 thoughts on “Rosa banksii ‘Lutea’

  1. Lovely combination, simple and perfect. I have R. banksia ‘Lutea’ sadly planted into rock. I think I should try to move it somewhere more suitable as it has proved its will to live. I also have the double white banksia which is just as lovely and flowers slightly later.

    1. Well rock will certainly stop it romping away! Roses move very well I’ve found. We just cut them right down and dig them up in early autumn… they soon settle in to their new home producing good roots over winter then they’re off flowering again in June.

  2. That rose is one of my sentimental favorites. I wasn’t successful in growing it but my mother-in-law managed a nice display in her garden years ago. Cow parsley is another plant I’ve tried here, unsuccessfully – it clearly likes your climate, though!

    1. Sorry you’ve had no luck with either. Gardening is not always a science it sometimes seems more like luck and magic!

  3. Cow parsley…A fabulous flower under the roses to really make them pop….I love how it just grows there so beautiful and wild…and I rarely see yellow roses but they are a favorite of mine. Hoping my yellow rose puts on some growth this year.

    1. Thanks Donna. There is something about yellow roses isn’t there? The Anthriscus is everywhere this year. I’ve noticed that with wild flowers… sometimes there’s an explosion of one or two particular plants.

  4. I battled a trellis of Lady Banks Rose and Clematis paniculata for years. Beautiful, but oh so prolific. Yours is lovely and made me remember when I liked the Banksia Rose and why!
    I have been wondering what on earth Cow Parsley is and now I see, a delicate wildflower similar to Queen Annes Lace – the combination is wonderful.

    1. Glad you like the flowers. You are right… Queen Annes’s Lace / Daucus carota is the wild carrot which is very similar to Cow Parsley. In fact there are quite a few plants/weeds/wildflowers which have these lovely lacy flowers.

  5. Chloris showed us her Banksii ‘Lutea’ recently – it always looks so pretty but as you say needs a lot of space. The cow parsley really complements the soft yellow when paired in a vase, doesn’t it?

    1. It is an amazing rose. If you can give them what they need ramblers are stunning. We are so lucky to have lots of space and mature trees for them to grow through. May really is the month for all the lovely soft spring colours before the heat and vibrancy of summer kicks in next month.

  6. That is a lovely combination Gillian! We have so much cow parsley here too this year and I must also pick some for a vase. I’m sure I have not seen so much in past years so perhaps it is dependent on weather conditions.

    1. Thank you Cathy. I’ve been thinking the same about all the Anthriscus along the lanes here. There’s masses of it this year. Conditions are right and we are leaving more roadside verges uncut which allows any wildflowers already in there to set seed.

  7. What a beautiful combination, Gillian. I’m amazed that the rose reaches 40′ –like a tree! That its thornless is mighty attractive!

    1. Thanks Eliza! I’m with you on the thornless stems. I never worried too much about thorns until growing Rosa ‘Mermaid’ (which we grow with this one) It has the most vicious hooked thorns which always seem attack me in several places when I’m working nearby. The more I struggle and pull away the more they embed themselves in my clothes and arms.

  8. It is a lovely rose, I have noticed that mine is very late this year. How pretty teaming it with cow parsley.

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