The rose is an iconic flower that you can’t fail to recognise, but unless you have a practised eye you might not spot the variety in the blooms that adorn gardens and balconies across the country.

One keen gardener who has a particular love for roses has spent time seeking out and cultivating some of the rarer breeds and recently helped save a rare rose variety that was developed during the second world war from extinction.

Devon Live reported on Orlando Murrin’s quest to find the Mrs Miniver rose and bring it back from the brink of extinction. This particular variety of the flower was named after the WW2 film and Mr Murrin began his search for the elusive bloom in 2014.

After a number of leads that failed to work out, he was contacted by an amateur rose grower in Germany who had managed to grow the rose and offered to send him a couple of plants. He’s now nurturing them on his roof terrace in Exeter and hopes to be able to propagate the plants later in the year to share the deep red Mrs Miniver rose with others.

If you’re trying to spruce up your garden you may not quite be ready to seek out rare roses that need saving, but you might want some help with planting in Flintshire to establish a few plants and get your outdoor space in shape.

Roses are a particularly good choice if you want to create a sanctuary in your garden where you can escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Evening Standard recently suggested. Growing roses alongside honeysuckle is a pretty and fragrant combination for the summer months, according to the newspaper.