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(Ausbecks) – Approximately 80 petals. Repeat-flowering. The flowers of 'Bishop's Castle' are an absolutely pure shade of rich rose pink that pales as the flowers mature. The flowers are shallowly cupped, very fully double with a central button eye and are held attractively above the rounded bushy growth. The rose repeat flowers throughout the season and is very robust and healthy. 'Bishop's Castle' makes an excellent choice for formal situations, in rose beds and borders. It is equally at home in mixed flower gardens with annuals, perennials and other shrubs. With its neat bushy habit and excellent repeat flowering this rose is also superb as a hedge planting. Its scent is an excellent, old rose fragrance. Bishop's Castle is a marvelous market town not far from the David Austin nursery in Shropshire, England. The bush grows to a nice 4 x 3 feet. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.
‘Boscobel’ (Leander Hybrid)
‘Boscobel’ bears beautifully formed flowers of a rich salmon coloring that changes with age to a rich, deep pink. The flowers start as red buds which open at first to pretty cups, gradually developing into perfectly formed blooms of classic rosette formation. The numerous small petals are of varying shades, mingling to provide a most pleasing effect. The delightful, medium to strong myrrh fragrance has a hawthorn character with hints of elderflower, pear and almond. ‘Boscobel’ forms an upright, medium-sized shrub that is strong and healthy with dark green, glossy foliage. Approximately 78 petals per flower. Grows to 3 feet tall x 2½ feet wide. (David Austin 2012, Auscousin.) USDA zones 5 to 9.
Naming notes: Boscobel House is a beautiful timber-framed house that was built in 1632 and is not far from the David Austin nursery in Shropshire, England. It is famous for being the place where King Charles II hid in an oak tree whilst being pursued by Cromwell’s soldiers during the English Civil War in 1651.
(Auswest) – Approximately 80 petals. Repeat-flowering. An outstanding variety that has proved particularly suited to American gardening conditions. The cupped blooms are in glorious mixed shades of pink, apricot and yellow. The uppermost sides of the petals provide a wonderful contrast with the backs of the petals, creating the overall impression of rich apricot. There is a strong, myrrh fragrance, which is surprisingly rare among roses, first appearing in the English Roses with Rosa 'Constance Spry'. 'Carding Mill' will quickly form a lovely, healthy, bushy shrub that produces many flowers and repeats very well. This versatile rose is highly recommended for flower beds, rose borders, large containers, landscaping and hedging in areas of full sun or partial shade. This rose was named after an extremely beautiful valley in the Long Mynd, a scenic area of hills and moors close to David Austin's display gardens in Shropshire, England. Grows to 4 x 3½ feet as a garden bush. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.
England’s Rose (Old Rose Hybrid)
‘England’s Rose’ is an especially tough and reliable variety. Deep glowing pink flowers are held in large clusters, the outer petals eventually reflexing back to reveal an attractive button eye. The medium-sized blooms are produced almost continuously from early summer right through to the first frosts. This is a healthy, particularly rain-resistant rose. It will form an attractive, bushy shrub, ideal for a rose border or for mixing with perennials. The bush is expected to stay compact even in warmer areas. Its strong scent is a fine Old Rose fragrance with a warm and spicy character. Approximately 42 petals per flower. Grows to 4-ft tall x 3-ft wide. (David Austin 2010, Auslounge). USDA zones 5-9.
Fighting Temeraire (Leander Hybrid)
‘Fighting Temeraire’ is a very different English Rose. The fully open flowers are very large at 4” to 5" across, each with only 12 petals. The flowers are a rich apricot color with an area of yellow behind the stamens which later pales to a soft yellow-apricot. The tips of the buds are red, as is the young foliage. Its rounded shrub is healthy and vigorous and blooms abundantly. Its many stems produce a mass of flowers held in large heads. The fragrance is medium to strong, very fruity with a strong element of lemon zest. This is a very good choice for a mixed border, where the rich color will create a focal point. In warmer areas, ‘Fighting Temeraire’ is expected to grow taller and so be more suited to growing as a climber. Awarded first prize for both fragrance and landscaping at the Barcelona Trials 2012. Approximately 12 petals per flower. Grows to 5-ft tall x 4-ft wide or up to 8-ft as a climber (David Austin 2011, Austrava). USDA zones 5-9.
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ has a powerful and beautifully rounded perfume considered by many to be the quintessential old rose fragrance: strong, rich, complex and perfectly balanced. It is repeat-flowering with large rosette-shaped flowers in rich glowing deep pink. The bush grows to 5 x 3.5 feet. As a climber, it grows 8 to 10 feet. Hardy in USDA zones 4-8. Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932) was a famous English garden designer, horticulturist and writer whose approach had a profound and lasting effect on English garden style. (David Austin 1986, Ausboard).
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, 'Golden Celebration' is known for its magnificent, tea-scented blooms, often featuring hints of sauterne wine, splashed with strawberry notes. It is repeat-flowering with exceptionally large cupped flowers that are beautifully-formed and full-petaled in a rich, golden-yellow color. It is known for reliability and considered easy to grow. The bush grows to 4 ½’ x 4 ½’. As a climber it grows to 8’ to 10’. Hardy in USDA zones 4-9. (David Austin 1992, Ausgold).
Named the World’s Favorite Rose in 2009 by the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS), considered by many to be the rose world’s highest honor,‘Graham Thomas’, has cup-shaped blooms with a strong, fresh tea rose fragrance with a cool violet character. Their color is an unusually rich, pure yellow, which is not found in the Old Roses and is rare even among modern roses.Introduced in 1983, it was the first David Austin hybrid to fully-realize its hybridizer’s vision for new Fragrant English Roses. R. ‘Graham Thomas’ forms a bushy shrub sized five feet high by four feet wide. Its upright habit makes it well suited to planting in tight groups of three in the garden, which can then be pruned to form a single shrub shape. R. ‘Graham Thomas’ is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9 and has proved a good performer in areas where summer heat and humidity can be problematic. Summer pruning encourages repeat bloom. The rose can also be trained as a spectacular climbing rose, particularly in warmer climates where it can reach 10 to 12 feet and thus is ideal for climbing a wall, rose pillar, obelisk or fence. It enjoys full sun but will also perform surprisingly well in partial shade, provided it is not planted directly underneath the canopy of trees.
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, Harlow Carr boasts a heady old rose scent that fits perfectly with its classic old rose form. The fragrance has been described as a “true rose” floral scent. The variety is repeat-flowering with perfectly-formed medium sized flowers of purest rose pink. It is a very tough rose, highly free-flowering and particularly healthy. Once established (after 2-3 years in the garden) it forms a rounded shrub absolutely covered in blossoms. Dead-head as needed. It performs well in both hotter and colder areas. The bush grows to 4’ by 3’. It is hardy in USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2004, Aushouse).
(Old Rose Hybrid) – There are few roses as popular as those of deep crimson coloring – and none so difficult to breed. ‘Heathcliff’ is a stunning 13th addition to Austin’s collection of red/scarlet English Roses. It has large, fully double flowers of rosette shape. The color is a true deep crimson, with a certain softness that is reminiscent of some of the old red Gallica Roses. It is a healthy variety, with shiny, deep green leaves and upright growth. Its lovely fragrance is unusual: Tea Rose and Old Rose, played beautifully off a minor base note of earthy, elegant, dry woody cedar. Approximately 105 petals per flower. Grows to 3½ feet tall x 3 feet wide. (David Austin 2012, Ausnipper.) USDA zones 5 to 9.
Naming notes: ‘Heathcliff’ is named for the character in Emily Brontë’s classic novel, Wuthering Heights.
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, features a wonderfully bold fruity fragrance. The scent of the young flower is almost pure lemon zest, later becoming a delicious fruity rose fragrance with hints of fresh lemon and raspberry. It is repeat-flowering with large domed flowers in rich pink tinged with gold on the petal undersides. The bush grows to 4’ x 4’. It is hardy in USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2002, Aushunter).
‘Kew Gardens’ – Medium-sized (2 ½ inch) flowers with 5 petals. Repeat-flowering. This is an unusual English Rose with abundant single flowers clustered in very large heads somewhat like a hydrangea. Though more like a species hybrid in appearance, it enjoys all the underlying strengths of a David Austin rose and demonstrates the breadth of the collection. The young buds are soft apricot opening to pure white with a hint of soft lemon behind the stamens. The flowers are followed by small red hips, which should be removed to encourage repeat flowering from early summer through the end of the season. It is extremely healthy and completely thornless with bushy, upright growth. Lovely as a flowering hedge, the rose provides masses of white blooms, lending the bush the appearance of being covered with snow. 'Kew Gardens' was named in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Kew Gardens, the famous Royal Botanical Garden in London. Michael Marriott, technical manager of David Austin Roses, was invited to redesign the historic Rose Garden there. Marriott based his 2008 design upon an original 1848 design by William Nesfield. David Austin Roses provided the replanted collection of English roses, species roses and shrubs. Rosa 'Kew Gardens' grows to approximately 5 feet x 3 feet. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.
‘Lady Emma Hamilton’
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, Lady Emma Hamilton has a fragrance that’s strong and deliciously fruity with hints of pear, grape and citrus. The scent perfectly complements the rose’s tangerine-orange and yellow coloring. The repeat-flowering variety is best in drier conditions. Its cupped flowers are a mix of rich shades of orange, apricot and yellow. The bush is 4 x 3 feet. Hardy in USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2005, Ausbrother).
'Lady of Shalott' (Ausnyson) – Approximately 60 petals. Repeat-flowering. David Austin and his team consider this one of the best roses they have produced, similar in style to the well-loved 'Pat Austin' but with improved health and garden performance. It blooms with remarkable continuity throughout the season. This is an ideal rose for the inexperienced gardener, and will also be prized by passionate Rosarians. The young buds are a rich orange-red and open to form apricot-hued chalice-shaped blooms filled with loosely arranged petals. Each petal has a salmon pink upper side that contrasts beautifully with the attractive golden-yellow reverse side. Its warm tea fragrance has pleasing hints of spiced apple and cloves. The rose quickly forms a large, bushy shrub with slightly arching stems. The mid-green leaves have attractive, slightly bronzed tones when young. Over the season, the later blooms seem to be even more beautiful than the earlier ones. Named for the Tennyson Society, which promotes the work of 19th century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. "The Lady of Shalott" was a popular ballad of Tennyson's, inspired by Arthurian legend. Grows to approximately 4 feet x 3½ feet. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.
Lady Salisbury (Old Rose Hybrid)
‘Lady Salisbury’ exhibits great Old Rose charm, with some of the character of the Alba Roses. Rich rose pink buds open to reveal pure pink flowers, which gradually become a softer shade as the flowers age. The blooms have an informal rosette shape. At first there is a button eye in the center but eventually a cluster of stamens is just visible in the middle. There is a light fragrance. ‘Lady Salisbury’ flowers with remarkable continuity from early summer on. The matte green leaves and bushy growth are very much in the style of the Old Roses. This rose, like many other English Roses, works wonderfully well when planted amongst the true Old Roses, having the very great advantage of a much longer flowering season. ‘Lady Salisbury’ would also be excellent in a mixed border with perennials. Approximately 70 petals per flower. Grows to 4-ft tall x 3-ft wide. (David Austin 2011, Auscezed). USDA zones 5-9.
Naming notes: Rosa ‘Lady Salisbury’ was named in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, UK, the home of Lady Salisbury. Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury, built the house in 1611. The gardens at Hatfield are very well known and loved, featuring a great many roses. The current Lady Salisbury is a passionate gardener and has planted the new rose in her West Garden.
Repeat-flowering English Old Rose Hybrid with approximately 74 petals. The flowers of this variety are in fact light crimson in the bud but, as the center gradually reveals itself, it becomes a very deep velvety crimson while the outer petals remain rather lighter in color. They are of large size and cupped at first, becoming shallowly cupped with time. The growth is quite bushy, forming a broad shrub with good disease resistance. The leaves are mid-green, the younger leaves being red-bronze to form a nice contrast. There is a strong Old Rose fragrance with a fruity note. Our fragrance expert, Robert Calkin, assesses this as ‘warm and fruity with blackberry, blueberry and damson’. Munstead Wood was Gertrude Jekyll’s own garden in Surrey. Size: 3 feet tall x 2½ feet wide. Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2007, Ausbernard).
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, has a bold contemporary, rich apricot coloring that provides a charming contrast to its classic, rich, pure tea fragrance. It is repeat-flowering with slightly quartered rosettes in rich apricot color. Its stems and leaves are bronzy red in early season, darkening later to deep green. The bush is upright in habit, grows to 5’ x 3’ and is exceptionally reliable and resistant to disease. It is hardy in USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2007, Auslofty).
‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’
Repeat-flowering English Old Rose Hybrid with approximately 130 petals. David Austin named this rose for Princess Alexandra, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II who is a keen gardener and great lover of roses. The rose that bears her name has unusually large flowers of a warm, glowing pink. They are full petalled and deeply cupped, the ring of soft pink outer petals enclosing the warm pink inner petals to create a most pleasing effect. In spite of their size, they are never clumsy, being held nicely poised on a well-rounded shrub. Because of the flower size, there is a lot to be said for planting in groups of three, keeping both flowers and growth nicely balanced. The blooms have a delicious fresh Tea fragrance which, interestingly, changes completely to lemon as the flower ages – eventually taking on additional hints of blackcurrants. It is very healthy. Size: 3½ feet tall x 2½ feet wide. Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2007, Ausmerchant).
‘Princess Anne’ (Auskitchen)
Rosa ‘Princess Anne’ is first of a significant new line of breeding from Mr. Austin that is producing roses with particularly pretty flower form and strong garden vigor and health. ‘Princess Anne’ was named 'Best New Plant Variety' at the UK Grower of the Year Awards in 2011. It flowers over a long period and in large clusters, the individual blooms opening in succession. There is a medium-strong Tea Rose fragrance.The blooms of ‘Princess Anne’ are an unusual bold cerise pink color. The individual petals tend to stand up, so create an almost water lily effect - although a most sturdy water lily. The petals are strong and not too long, and many are heart-shaped, resulting in a pleasing ruffled effect. The inner petals create an informal button eye center revealing the backs of the petals, which are a warm shade of deep salmon pink. There is yellow at the heart of the bloom, though this is almost imperceptible. Over time, the petals gradually evolve toward purple bluish tones (rather reminiscent of some of the Old Gallica roses), ultimately aging to a lovely shade of purple-lilac. As blooms of varying ages are held together in clusters, the effect of their contrasting colors and forms is striking.The rose forms a compact, bushy and upright shrub with highly polished, remarkably disease-resistant foliage. Its mature size is approximately 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide, making it an ideal rose for borders or a great choice for hedging and pots. 'Princess Anne' is hardy in USDA zones 6-9.
Naming notes: David Austin is honored to name this rose after Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, Britain’s Princess Royal who is patron of Great Britain’s Riding for the Disabled charity.
'Queen Anne' (Old Rose Hybrid)
‘Queen Anne’ is a rose of classic Old Rose beauty, but rather more in the direction of the Centifolias or Bourbons. The medium-sized flowers are pure rose pink, the outer petals only slightly paler than the central ones. In habit, ‘Queen Anne’ is quite upright and bushy, with few thorns. It could be used very effectively in beds where more formal roses are required. It will also look equally at home in more informal surroundings, whether planted with other roses or mixed in with perennials. ‘Queen Anne’ has a lovely fragrance laced with hints of pear drop that evolves to a most attractive, full-bodied Old Rose scent. Approximately 45 petals per flower. Grows to 3 ½- ft tall x 3-ft wide (David Austin 2011, Austruck). USDA zones 5-9.
Naming notes: The ‘Queen Anne’ rose was named to celebrate the tercentenary of Ascot Racecourse in the UK. The world’s most famous racecourse, it was founded by Queen Anne in 1711.
‘Royal Jubilee’ (Alba Hybrid)
The flowers of ‘Royal Jubilee’ are breathtakingly beautiful, standing out even amongst the blooms of other luscious English Roses. Its large, semi-double flowers are of a deep chalice shape, with broad petals incurving so that the stamens within are just barely visible. The color is a delicious, velvety shade of deep pink. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the rose is its airy natural growth habit, typical of the English Albas, which are known to associate easily with other plants in the border. With relatively wiry stems, ‘Royal Jubilee’ displays its full flowers with the utmost elegance against lovely grey-green glossy Alba foliage. It has very few thorns. The blooms have a lovely rich fruity fragrance with hints of blackcurrant. It has excellent health, vigor and repeat-flowering qualities. Approximately 35 petals per flower. Grows to 5 feet tall x 3 feet wide. (David Austin 2012, Auspaddle.) USDA zones 5 to 9.
Naming notes: David Austin Roses was delighted to introduce ‘Royal Jubilee’ in celebration of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, Scepter’d Isle offers a distinctive, award-winning fragrance that can be described as powerful English myrrh. The variety is repeat-flowering with cupped flowers in soft blush pink. It was winner of Royal National Rose Society’s Henry Edland Award for fragrance. The bush is 4’ x 3’. Hardy in USDA zones 5-10. (David Austin 1996, Ausland).
‘Sir John Betjeman’
Repeat-flowering Leander Hybrid with approximately 130 petals. A rose of more modern character than most English Roses. The flowers start as small buds, opening to full-petalled, wide-open rosettes of a bright, deep pink, the color intensifying further with age. The flowers are 2½ to 3 inches across and are produced very freely. They have a light, rather ‘green’ fragrance. A healthy and very bushy shrub of medium size with a slightly arching habit. With its bright coloration this is a good choice to create some contrast in a border of other roses of softer coloring. Sir John Betjeman was a writer, journalist and broadcaster, who was born just over 100 years ago. Size: 3½ feet tall x 2½ feet wide. Hardiness: USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2008, Ausvivid).
Rosa ‘Skylark’ has semi-double flowers with open cups and prominent stamens. The color is deep pink at first, later paling slightly to lilac-pink with a small white center. There is a lovely Tea fragrance with hints of fruity apple and clove, giving the unexpected overall impression of apple pie!
The growth is light and airy, building up into a natural, well-rounded shrub. It is particularly free flowering and healthy and its more informal habit makes it an ideal choice for planting amongst other shrubs or perennials towards the front of a mixed border. It grows to about 3 feet tall by 2 feet wide. 'Skylark' is hardy in USDA zones 5-9.
'Susan Williams-Ellis' (Ausquirk)
Approximately 135 petals. Repeat-flowering. This exceptional rose is a "sport," or naturally occurring form, of Austin's popular pink rose 'The Mayflower' which was introduced in 2001. Good white roses are particularly difficult to breed, so it was with great delight that the team at David Austin discovered this new white rose, which shares the vigorous disease resistance of the pink rose. Like its parent, it also flowers very early in the season – two to three weeks before most other roses – and then continues to bloom nearly non-stop until the harder frosts. This rose is an excellent performer in most areas of the U.S. Those in cooler areas, including USDA zone 4, will welcome this exciting addition to the list of particularly winter hardy Austin roses. The fragrance is strong and old rose in character. This rose has a demure character and charm that makes it especially alluring to admirers of the heritage style of rose. The rose is named after Susan Williams-Ellis, a friend of David Austin and his wife Pat. She was an artist and influential pottery designer who, together with her husband Euan Cooper-Willis, established Portmeirion Pottery, best known for its Botanical Garden Tableware series. She was a great enthusiast of English Roses and painted beautiful watercolors of them. Grows to approximately 4 feet x 3 feet. Best suited to USDA zones 4 - 8.
‘Tam o' Shanter’ (Auscerise) – Approximately 25 petals. Repeat-flowering. Its deep cerise, rosette-shaped flowers are loosely formed, held on long, gracefully arching branches that bear blooms along the full length as species rose branches do. It has a light, fruity fragrance. Its growth habit is upright and arching. The full, broad bush is healthy and robust and is equally at home in an informal garden or in a mixed border. It was named to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Tam o' Shanter is the hero of one of Burns' best-known poems, though today the name is most commonly associated with a type of Scottish hat. In the poem, Tam stays too long at the tavern on market day. During his ride home through spooky country he encounters a band of beguiling witches. Filled with liquid courage he shouts out at them and is pursued, leaping to safety just in time, but not before the most beautiful witch snatches off his horse's tail. Grows to 6 feet x 5 feet. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.
‘The Endeavour' – (Ausdisco)
Approximately 50 petals. Repeat-flowering. This is an extremely healthy and floriferous variety with beautiful rosette shaped flowers. The upper side of the petals is a soft, slightly salmon-tinted pink, while the reverse is soft yellow. The growth remains compact even in the hotter areas and, in fact, this is a variety best suited to the warmer U.S. regions. The leaves are a dark green contrasting well with the color of the flowers. There is a medium strong spicy fragrance. The ship HMS Endeavor, commanded by Lieutenant James Cook, carried the famous explorer on his first voyage to the Pacific Ocean where he discovered and claimed New Zealand (1769), Australia (1770) and a multitude of Pacific islands for the British crown. The rose 'The Endeavour' reaches 4 x 3½ feet as a garden bush or to 8 feet as a climber. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.
‘The Generous Gardener’
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, The Generous Gardener is known for an award-winning fragrance that’s a delicious mix of old rose, musk and myrrh. When trained as a climbing rose, its scent hangs beautifully in the air. The variety is repeat-flowering with large flowers reminiscent of water lilies in palest ecru-hued pink. The bush grows to 5’ by 4’. As a climber it grows to 10’. It is hardy in USDA zones 5-9. (David Austin 2002, Ausdrawn).
'The Lady’s Blush' (Alba Hybrid)
‘The Lady’s Blush’ is a charming semi-double variety with delicate natural beauty. The flowers start as elegant pointed buds and develop into rounded cups in pure soft pink with a creamy white eye and often a white stripe. As with all semi-double roses, the central group of stamens is a very important feature. The stamens of ‘The Lady’s Blush’ are a beautiful soft yellow color with highlights of golden-yellow pollen. Where the stamens join the rose center, they have a prominent red ring. The overall impression is of freshness and grace. A strong healthy variety, it will grow into an attractive rounded bushy plant. The bush is expected to stay compact even in warmer areas. Approximately 16 petals per flower. Grows to 4-ft tall x 3-ft wide. (David Austin 2010, Ausoscar). USDA zones 5-9.
Naming notes: Named for the 125th anniversary of The Lady magazine, which is the oldest British weekly magazine for women.
‘The Lark Ascending’ (Musk Hybrid)
A delightfully different English Rose, ‘The Lark Ascending’ has medium-sized semi-double flowers of just 22 petals each in a soft, warm apricot hue that softens over time. The petals are loosely cupped, and surround many stamens of deep golden-apricot. On the bush, the roses are produced from the ground upwards in heads of up to 15 nicely spaced blooms. The light fragrance varies according to the age of the flower, from Tea through to Myrrh. Choose ‘The Lark Ascending’ for a mixed perennial border or to feature among flowering shrubs where its tall airy growth will meld beautifully. It is vigorous and has exceptional health. Approximately 22 petals per flower. Grows to 5 feet tall x 3 feet wide. (David Austin 2012, Ausursula.) USDA zones 5 to 9.
Naming notes: The name ‘The Lark Ascending’ is taken from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ wonderful piece of music, a favorite of Mr. Austin’s and of the many listeners of the BBC’s “Desert Island Discs” radio program.
‘The Wedgwood Rose’ (Ausjosiah)
Approximately 70 petals. Repeat-flowering. A charming old rose-style beauty with medium to large blooms and soft rose pink petals that have a delicate, gossamer-like quality. The flowers have a lovely fruity fragrance on the outer petals, with a clove-like scent at the center. Its ample foliage is dark green and glossy. This rose particularly excels when trained as a climber but is also lovely as a flowering shrub. The bush is exceptionally robust with luxuriant, healthy foliage, sending up plentiful shoots from the base to form a large arching shrub that trains readily on trellises and arches to climb upright or in arching or fanned positions. Named for the famous English pottery company founded by Josiah Wedgwood in 1759. Grows to approximately 5 feet x 5 feet. Will grow to 10 feet high as a climber. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 9.
‘Tranquillity’ (Musk Hybrid)
David Austin’s English Musk Roses are notable for the perfection of their flowers and ‘Tranquillity’ lives up to this reputation. The flowers are of a beautifully rounded shape with neatly placed petals, making up a perfect rosette. The opening buds are lightly brushed with red and yellow but, as the flowers open, the petals show pure white. There is a light apple fragrance. The growth is upright making it an excellent garden shrub. For those who prefer their roses in bedding gardens, here is a stellar candidate. ‘Tranquillity’ has excellent vigor and is very healthy. It has typical light green Musk Rose foliage and is almost completely thornless. Approximately 110 petals per flower. Grows to 4 feet tall x 3 feet wide, although it could easily grow taller if lightly pruned. (David Austin 2012, Ausnoble.) USDA zones 5 to 9.
Naming notes: The name ‘Tranquillity’ was 100% inspired by the rose itself!
'Windermere' (Aushomer) – Approximately 80 petals. Repeat-flowering. This irresistible rose features perfectly rounded buds that open to full, cupped flowers. The blooms are rich cream at first, paling to almost pure white. They have a delicious, fruity fragrance with a hint of citrus. This is a very free-flowering variety that continues to bloom until very late in the season. Its attractive, neat and compact bush produces many basal shoots offering pleasure without pain as they have very few thorns. 'Windermere' is named for a beautiful lake in the Lake District of northwest England. It grows to about 4 x 3 feet. Hardy in USDA zones 5 – 10.
Repeat-flowering English Old Rose Hybrid with approximately 95 petals. This is a rose of exceptional delicacy and charm bearing some resemblence to the old Alba Roses. The flowers are shallowly cupped and about 3 inches across, the petals arranged in a most perfect rosette formation – their color being a very pure soft pink and the outer petals paling a little towards the edge. The growth is tall and slightly arching, producing its flowers along the stems and building up into a fine and very healthy shrub. There is a delightful, fresh, fruity fragrance with hints of raspberries and Tea. It is a good choice for both formal and informal areas of the garden and also for a hedge. ‘Wisley 2008’ was awarded Best Rose for Landscaping at the 2009 Concurs Internacional de Roses, Barcelona. Size: 5 feet tall by 3½ feet wide. Hardiness: 5-9. (David Austin 2008, Ausbreeze).
'Wollerton Old Hall' (Musk Hybrid)
One of the most fragrant of all English Roses, Wollerton Old Hall has a strong, distinctive myrrh scent with a delicious citrus element. Plump buds, with attractive flashes of red, open to form beautiful chalice-shaped blooms of soft apricot, eventually paling to cream. It forms a healthy and bushy shrub with few thorns. In areas where heat can be intense, position the bush out of afternoon sun. In warm areas, ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ can be expected to grow taller and may be better suited to use as a climber. Approximately 43 petals per flower. Grows to 5-ft tall x 3-ft wide or 8-ft as a climber. (David Austin 2011, Ausblanket). USDA Zones 5-9.
Naming notes: Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire, not far from the David Austin Nursery, has one of the most beautiful private gardens in the UK. The gardens are set around a 16th Century house and feature roses in creative plant combinations, including many of Austin’s English Roses. Wollerton Old Hall is open to the public on selected days throughout the summer.
Repeat-flowering English Old Rose Hybrid with approximately 90 petals. This is a variety of classic Old Rose beauty. The flowers are quite large and deeply cupped even when fully open, the many petals arranged in a charming way. Their color is new to English Roses: a blend of very deep magenta, pink and red – the outer petals tending towards light purple – although this is in contrast to the outside of the petals, which are quite silvery in appearance. It makes an attractive, bushy shrub. There is a delicious fragrance that starts as a pure Tea scent but then changes to a blend of Tea and Old Rose, with intriguing hints of cedar wood. ‘Young Lycidas’ was awarded the top prize for fragrance at the 2009 Concurs Internacional de Roses, Barcelona. It was named to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of the poet John Milton. Size: 4 foot tall by 3 foot wide. Hardiness: USDA zone 5-9. (David Austin 2008, Ausvibrant).