The British royal family is adored by many people, and they have also inspired many artists, journalists, and historians. But you’ve probably never heard of naming botanicals after the royal members of the family, have you?
Yes, the family can proudly say that they are a part of the botanical world as well. This tradition is not something new. As a matter of fact, you might be surprised to hear when it all started. In the faraway 1902 king Edward VII earned a potato varietal for his own coronation.
This is of course not something ornate, but we will show you some beautiful blooms that got their names from the British royal family. Almost every member has one or more flowers that are named after them. Even Princess Charlotte was an inspiration of even three types of flowers: purple clematis, yellow auricular, as well as pink and green chrysanthemum.
Here are some plants with noble names:
- ‘Queen Victoria’ Lobelia
This perennial is tall, red, and beautiful, worthy of its name. It has upright spikes of big flowers and it is a good plant for a boggy garden, as it can adapt to moist climates. It can also grow pretty in average conditions in a standard garden, with its lovely bright red and orange colors.
The bright red contrasts the scarlet-orange leaves, blooming from midsummer on. This passionate flower can be used as a specimen or massing in the borders, tubs, or containers. It is generally not long-lived, but it will bring a touch of passion and brightness in your garden.
- ‘Queen Mum’ Agapanthus
This flower grows up to 1.5m tall and its flowers are stunningly large with white and blue color. It blooms in summer complemented with glossy green leaves. It can be used in garden beds, borders, patio pots, or planter boxes. This plant grows best if exposed to the sun, but also tolerates frost, drought, as well as humidity.
Mostly, it likes dry spaces with little shade. It was named after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Its lily flowers resemble a trumpet and are best kept in a terracotta pot to bring you additional aesthetic value. If you plan to plant this one, make sure you water it well and remove older leaves if needed.
- ‘Queen Elizabeth’ Rose
This flower was named after the current reigning Queen of England. As a matter of fact, this lovely rose was ‘royally made’ for the queen literally. This happened in the distant 1953 in the coronation process and the flower is on the top of the list due to its beauty in many flower competitions. It is a robust and disease resistant variety of flower, having a tall upright habit and long-stemmed pink flowers.
It blooms over a long period of time and you can keep it indoors with an occasional cutting of the flowers. It also requires full sun, so it will be perfect for your outdoor garden as well. Interestingly, some parts of the flower are edible. You can make syrups with the rosehips and petals. Also, petals can be freely added to cold drinks or fruit meals.
- ‘Princess Anne’ Rose
Princess Anne was the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth. The rose was named after her as gratitude for her charity for the Organization “Riding for the Disabled”. Princess Anne’s flower is this beautiful rose that was created by a florist specialist David Austin. It can grow up to 3 feet height, and 2 feet width.
Its perfume is magical and the plant is ideal for beds and borders or containers. It will grow the best if fully exposed to the sun. This rose is a fabulous attraction for your garden because of its blooming quality throughout the seasons. First, it will start as a bush, then the buds will bloom into young flowers (bright red), and eventually mature into deep pink colored flowers.
- ‘Diana, Princess of Wales’ Rose
The Diana rose came to being in 1998, during a ceremonial planting in Washington DC’s British Embassy. This rose is just one of the many roses being named after her and we found it particularly elegant and beautiful. It has elegant and curvy petals, tall stature, as well as medium green foliage. We can say it is quite fragile, as it requires a lot of attention, frequent pruning and warm climates.
- ‘Princess of Wales’ Rose
This is yet another rose named after the beautiful Princess Diana. This rose grows as a perennial, but then turns into a beautiful rose bush. The blooming period is the middle of summer. The petals are white and you can get an amazing reflection of sunshine in your garden with this flower. It can reach 3 feet in terms of height. If you would like to plant it, you need to do it in mild temperatures and keep it away from extreme weather.
- ‘Princess Diana’ Clematis
Yet another one inspired by the remarkable Princess Diana, who was once a member of the Royal family. It is a clematis flower, blooming between midsummer and fall. It has beautiful tulip-shaped reddish-pink flowers that are 6cm in length. This plant requires frequent pruning to maintain it. It will thrive in a moist environment with a bit cooler temperature.
- ‘William Catherine’ Vanda
This is a flowery orchid that was inspired by and named after the most beloved and famous royal couple – Prince William and Princess Kate. Its stem is multi-flowery. The petals bloom with a specific bright white color and are dotted with various deep pink dots, running circles around the petals. The orchid is a representation of the royal matrimony and was officially recognized by the royal couple.
- ‘William and Catherine’ Rose
Named after the royal couple once again, this musk hybrid is in fact a bush with many gentle blooms, having bell-shaped white roses. It has many inner petals huddled inside the outer part, and it is also complemented by an olive green stem and leaves in the same color. It smells like myrrh and it will give your garden a completely new look and experience.
- ‘George Boy’ Daffodil
George is one of the new members of the royal family and he already has a namesake flower, which is a yellow daffodil. The daffodil hybridizer is Johnny Walkers, who called it after the little prince because of his ‘sturdy variety’, leaving a certain prophecy on the child. If you are planning to plant it, make sure you keep it safe from freeze.