‘Eye of the Tiger’ Rose

‘Eye of the Tiger’ Rose

By Lidia Boque Gousgouni
29 Nov 2017

If you’re in the market for a small rose with a fragrance – then keep an eye out for a range of roses bred in England by Chris Warner, these roses feature a reddish central ‘eye’.  This group of roses is the end result of many years of intricate breeding.  The rose in the photo is ‘Eye of the tiger’ – yellow flowers with the ‘eye’ and a delightful fragrance.  This rose will flower for months and is relatively disease resistant.  This plant grows to about one metre and stays as a rounded ball with only a small amount of pruning assistance required.  What’s also very appealing is that it will hold foliage to the ground so you don’t get open, bare areas – this good habit makes ‘Eye of the Tiger’ a perfect tub specimen.  This is a floribunda rose – meaning it produces masses of flowers.  You might think the roses look simple because they don’t resemble the typical roses used as a cut flower – but don’t be fooled, this plant produces flowers in large numbers and the flowers literally smother the plant. As a cut flower, they have a reasonable vase life.

Other varieties of roses with the contrasting eyes include ‘Angel Eyes’, ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and ‘Smiling Eyes’.

‘Angel Eyes’ is a single rose with lilac/pink flowers with a purple eye.  Growing to about one metre this plant is scented but not as strongly as some of the others.

‘For Your Eyes Only’ flowers pink/orange and is another rose with the typical eye in the centre.  Growing to just under one metre it has a compact habit of growth and a subtle perfume.

‘Smiling Eyes’ has soft apricot to light pink petals with dark pink eyes.

This group of roses is appealing because they have old-fashioned characteristics and actually look a little like wild roses.  But these plants have all the benefits that modern breeding can give including healthy disease-resistant foliage and strong growth.

All these varieties are suitable for planting in garden beds and would look sensational mass-planted.  This might be a perfect plant to put on your Christmas Wishlist or it could be a perfect plant to give as a present.  These ‘eyed’ perfumed beauties are a great plant choice for our region.


If you’ve been thinking about studying horticulture – Wodonga TAFE has Certificate III in Horticulture timetabled to begin at the end of February 2018.  This course runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays but you can choose to study part-time if that suits. Why not call into Wodonga TAFE’s horticulture department in University Drive, Wodonga and pick up a timetable for 2018.

If you want to have an entry in this diary section, email ddelahunty@wodongatafe.edu.au


 ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ rose  - a rounded, compact garden shrub and a winner as a cut flower.

Written by

Deborah Delahunty, Horticulture Teacher at Wodonga TAFE.