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David Austin Roses has selected Rosa ‘Princess Anne’ as its newest “featured English Rose” for North America. Austin’s featured rose category is an online showcase for select, top-performing roses for US and Canadian gardeners, with particular focus on those that perform best under the kinds of diverse growing conditions faced by gardeners across the continent. An added benefit for North American rose lovers: a 10% savings on bare root offerings of the current featured rose, see www.davidaustinroses.com/us/.
‘Princess Anne’ is one of 22 David Austin varieties recently honored with the Award of Garden Merit by the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society.
“‘Princess Anne’ is the first of a significant new line of breeding from Mr. Austin that is producing a very different look in English Roses with particularly pretty flower forms, strong garden vigor and health,” said Michael Marriott, senior rosarian of David Austin Roses in Shropshire, England. “This boldly colored rose produces blooms generously over a long season and has a pleasant Tea Rose fragrance.”
The blooms of ‘Princess Anne’ are an unusual cerise pink color, initially a pure deep pink that evolves to glorious lilac tones. The central petals face upright but as the flowers mature, their outer petals reflex back, creating a delightful ruffled effect. As blooms of varying ages are held together in large clusters where individual flowers open in secession, the effect of their contrasting colors is striking.
The rose forms a compact, bushy and upright shrub with thick, highly polished foliage that is remarkably disease-resistant. Its mature size is approximately 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide. It is hardy in USDA zones 6-9. This tough-as-nails rose is a perfect choice for easy-care gardeners. It’s also perfect for large container plantings, hedges and mass plantings of three or more bushes.
“David Austin was honored to name ‘Princess Anne’ after Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, to help raise awareness for Riding for the Disabled, of which she is patron,” added Mr. Marriott.