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May 15 • 2013 • EnglishFlowersPink.CuppedPrunedRose of the Weekbloomsbushyclustersseasonshrub

Rose Of The Week


English Shrub rose 2010   4ft

A new English rose which is a particularly tough and reliable variety of medium size, with flowers of deep glowing pink.  They are shallowly cupped at first; the outer petals eventually reflexing back and revealing an attractive button eye.

'England's Rose' flowers more or less continually from June right through until the end of the season, in October or even November.

The blooms are nicely held in large clusters.   This is a healthy weather resistant rose, even in periods of continual rain the blooms do not ball and the petals drop cleanly.

It will form an attractive, bushy shrub of about 4ft in height and 3ft across, although it could easily grow taller if pruned lightly.

An ideal variety for planting in a rose border or for mixing with perennials.

The fragrance is particularly fine; strong warm and spicy with a classic Old Rose character.


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‘The English Roses’ by David Austin.

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Jan 30 • 2013 • Rose of the Weekrosessally holmesshrub roses

Rose of the Week - Sally Holmes

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="400"] Rose of the Week - Sally Holmes[/caption] This award winning rose is one of our favourite shrub roses. Exceptionally large trusses of beautiful buff to ivory blooms, with silvery pink edging. 



Jan 30 • 2013 • AlbasBourbonsChinasDamasksFAQFloribundasHybridMossMusksPortlandsshrubtypes

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions.


Q. What is meant by the term “Shrub Rose” A. SHRUB ROSES are often defined as roses that do not fit into any of the other classifications of rose types such as Hybrid Teas Floribundas etc. They are a “mixed bag” of roses that differ greatly in size and colour. Shrub roses tend to be hardier than other rose types and can be grown as specimens in the garden, in groups, or many make ideal flowering hedges. Most shrub roses are scented, fairly disease resistant and require very little maintenance. They are a mixture of wild species, old garden roses from around the world and hybrids developed in recent years. VARIETIES OF SHRUB ROSES. (Albas) Very old roses which are summer flowering, mostly scented and disease resistant. Example Alba Semi Plena. (Bourbons) Emerged in the mid-nineteenth century and were very popular in Victorian times. Very diverse in habit and colour. Repeat flowering. Example. La Reine Victoria. (Centifolias) Centuries old “roses of the hundred petals” They produce large scented flowers of exquisite shape. Example. Fantin Latour (Chinas) First appeared in the mid-eighteenth century. Long flowering season, healthy shiny foliage and usually very liable. Example. Gruss An Aachen. (Damasks) Some of this group date back to roman times. Very healthy, distinct Damask perfume and very beautiful. Example. Madame Hardy. (Portlands) Some of the finest and useful of old roses. Many are not very big and can be grown in pots or containers. Continuous flowering or repeat flowering. Ideal for bedding or hedges . Example. Rose de Rescht. (Gallicas) Some of the oldest cultivated roses are in this group. A compact scented rose in various colours from purple-maroon to pink. Example. Charles de Mills. (Hybrid Perpetuals) The most popular group of roses in Victorian Times. Very diverse in flowering habit and size. Most repeat flower in autumn. Examples. . Ferdinand Pichard. Hugh Dickson.    (Modern Shrub Roses) Many families of roses have contributed to the modern rose varieties. Hybrid Teas, Floribundas etc. Examples. Blue Moon. Champagne Moment. (Moss Roses) An unusual but attractive group with mossed buds and stems. They vary in height and colour and are mostly scented. Example. William Lobb. (Hybrid Musks) A useful group that evolved in the early 20th century. Healthy and free flowering and the blooms are produced in large clusters. Scented. Ideal for hedging, specimen or group planting. Example. Buff Beauty. (Rugosas) See Rugosa pages on main menu. (Noisettes) A very beautiful range of climbers which are highly scented and free flowering. Example. Blush Noisette. (Species Roses) The original dog roses which have grown in the wild for thousands of years. Example. Rosa Rubrifolia. (English Roses) David Austin. A modern shrub rose which has retained the old fashioned look plus a repeat flowering habit. A very beautiful range and most of the range are highly perfumed. For further details please SHRUB ROSES on  our web site.

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Aug 29 • 2012 • ColourFlowersHybridNew Roses For 2013Rosebrightbushyshrub



Shrub Rose  2012.  3ft Produces an eyecatching display of cascading colour, this lovely Persica hybrid blooms freely with small pretty pink flowers with red and gold centres, nice easily managed bushy growth with exceptionally high disease resistance associated with the Persica’s.    Scented.

Available from November 2012

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Aug 27 • 2012 • BoscobelEnglishFlowersNew Roses For 2013Roseshrub



English Shrub Rose.  David Austin. 2012  3ft

English Leander hybrid, ‘Boscobel’, bears rich salmon coloured flowers. “They commence as red buds which open at first to pretty cups, gradually developing into perfectly formed blooms of classic rosette formation”, says the rose breeder. The numerous small petals are of varying shades, mingling to provide a most pleasing effect. The delightful, medium-strong myrrh fragrance has a hawthorn character with hints of elderflower, pear and almond. It forms an upright shrub of medium size, with dark green, glossy foliage. All new varieties, according to David Austin Roses, are vigorous and healthy. Boscobel House, owned by English Heritage, was built in 1632. It is famous for the fact that Charles II hid there in an oak tree, whilst being pursued by Cromwell’s soldiers during the English Civil War. Available from November 2012

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




May 16 • 2012 • BudColoursHabitPetalsRoseRose of the WeekWeatherbloomsclustersfoliageshrub



Shrub Roses (Old Fashioned and Modern)

 Year: 1909

Height:  2ft

A superb rose which produces large clusters of blooms of pale orange- red plus yellow in the bud stage. As the blooms open they change to a beautiful blend of pearly pink blush and cream with an attractive silky sheen on the petals. The strength of colour is often determined by the weather and the difference in colours can be quite pronounced. The shape of the blooms can be very similar to an English David Austin rose and are often mistaken for one of that variety. A good repeat flowering habit, and in our opinion and is probably one of the most beautiful roses we have ever sold. The blooms are very weather tolerant, and the rich dark green foliage is healthy and disease free. An excellent bedding rose with the bonus of a great perfume which makes it a great rose for cutting. The perfume is a cross between the classical Tea Rose and honey. Not a very large variety so will grow in a container quite successfully. For the best results dead head regularly and only prune lightly in the spring. The roses ancestry is very complex, so rosarian’s around the world never seem too agree on how to classify it, is it a Floribunda a Hybrid Tea a Polyantha or a Bourbon shrub? One fact that is certain is that it was bred from the famous white Hybrid Perpetual ‘Frau Karl Druschki’ which was considered to be the finest white rose of its time. Frau Karl Druschki was the wife of the President of the German Rose Society. It is also believed that ‘Gruss An Aachen’ was the original rose that began the Floribunda variety. A truly remarkable rose that was bred by Philip Geduldig. The name ‘Gruss An Aachen’ means "Greetings to Aachen" in Germany which was the breeders home city. Almost thornless. Highly recommended. Also known as 'White Willow Glen'

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




Nov 19 • 2011 • ArchingColourFlowersFragranceNew Roses For 2012PetalsPinkshrub



David Austin Shrub Rose 2004.  5ft.

The flowers of ‘The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild’ are in the form of deep cups filled with crisp, upstanding petals. The colour on the inside of the petals is a deep pink touched with lilac; the outside is of a paler shade. Looking at the bloom in more detail, one can see that the edges are an even deeper pink; giving a most delightful fringed effect - particularly in the earlier stages. The growth is ideal with spreading, arching branches building up into a well-rounded, mounding shrub; with its flowers nicely poised. It is very healthy. It has a strong and deliciously fruity rose fragrance, with aspects of raspberry, peach and a hint of mint. All in all, a very beautiful rose and one of our favourites.

Named after Thomas Fairchild, a nurseryman of London and Fellow of the Royal Society, who made the first recorded flower hybrid in Europe in 1720. This was a cross between a Sweet William and a carnation, which became known as ‘Fairchild’s mule’. With thanks to Michael Leapman for the name, which was the title of his excellent biography on Thomas Fairchild.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Oct 29 • 2011 • BarbaraBredDelbardFranceHommageNew Roses For 2012Shrub RoseSingerperfume



Shrub Rose 1997.  4ft

A very beautiful modern shrub rose which looks sure to be a hit with rose lovers, Stunning blooms of intense deep red developing to almost black. Blooms in flushes throughout the summer and is a real head turner in the garden. Healthy matt green foliage and bushy upright growth. Not a powerful perfume but very pleasing. Don't leave it too late to order as we have limited stocks this year.

Named after a French singer who was known as just 'Barbara' Bred in France in 1997 by Delbard but introduced in France in 2004.


Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



Oct 16 • 2011 • GardenRamblerRose of the WeekThornlessbloomsfloweringshrub


One of the most common requests we have is to suggest climbing roses that will grow on a North wall .  Over the next few weeks we will highlight all  the climbers we have  that will  tolerate a Northern aspect.

However you have to accept a simple golden rule.

“More sun. More flowers”


(Rose Of The Week)

 English Rose. David Austin. 1991.  3ft-5ft The Pilgrim has some of the most perfectly formed blooms.  They are quite large, shallowly cupped, and rosette shaped, the colour is a medium yellow, paling towards the edges giving a softness of colour which is rare among yellow roses. The fragrance is a delicious mix of the classic Tea scent and the English myrrh scent. A very healthy and reliable rose. Equally excellent when kept pruned as a relatively upright but bushy shrub or trained as a climber which should reach around 8ft or more and can also cope with a North wall.


Rambling Rose. 1909.   15ft.

A very popular vigorous rambler which is almost thornless. Pretty blooms of violet streaked with white fading to grey in large  clusters and show prominent yellow stamens. A lovely sight in full bloom in the summer and flowers a little earlier than most ramblers. Pale green pointed foliage which is fairly disease free. Very useful as it will also grow on a North wall or up through a tree. This is the best known of the three similar violet-purple ramblers, the others being 'Rose Marie Viaud' and 'Violette'. Scented.

Also known as  'Blue Rambler'   'Blue Rosalie'  &  'Violet Blue'

Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit 1993.

ZEPHERINE DROUHIN (The Thornless Rose) Climbing Rose. 1868.   10ft.

Lovely blooms of cerise- pink with a white base. A famous old favourite which is very free flowering over a long period. Can also be grown as shrub. One of the very few completely thornless roses available. A vigorous rose which is easy to grow  and can make a good hedge. A very useful rose as it can also grow on a North wall, will cope with shade and poor soil. Lovely perfume.

Also known as 'Thornless Rose'

Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit 1993

SIMILAR ALMOST THORNLESS ROSES. Climbers & Ramblers. A Shropshire Lad.   Bleu Magenta. James Galway.     Kathleen Harrop.   Mortimer Sackler.   Rose Marie Viaud.   Veilchenblau.   Violette. Shrubs. Most Gallica Roses.    Reine de Violettes.   Sophie's Perpetual. Some English Roses A Shropshire Lad.   James Galway.   Goldfinch.   Kew Gardens.   Mortimer Sackler.   Tea Clipper.

For further information , see ‘What Rose Where’ on our web site

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties of roses to choose from.



Oct 16 • 2011 • Rose Newsamazingfloweringgrailrepeatshrubsmells




ROSE growers John and Sylvia Gray MAY have discovered the holy grail of rose breeding - a repeat flowering shrub for gardens all around the world which never gets black spot.

Brindabella Country Gardens owners Mr and Mrs Gray's "Brindabella Pink Bouquet", not only looks great but smells amazing, but also is a generational change in rose genetics and is set to change the way roses are grown around the world.

Mr Gray said the rose ticked all the boxes.

"It is repeat flowering every seven weeks, has strongly perfumed flowers, is a lovely rounded shape and never suffers from black spot or mildew," he said.

The rose has been issued a Plant Patent by the US Patents and Trademarks Office and has been accepted into the US Earth Kind Rose Trials Program which identifies rose varieties which are of low maintenance requirement and recommended as superior roses for home gardeners around the world.

"We would like to see it tested in our damp climate before passing judgement." Country Garden Roses.

Over 1000 varieties of roses to choose from.



Sep 25 • 2011 • AlbaFranceNew Roses For 2012Shrub Roseanthersbloomsfoliage



Shrub Rose. 1823.  3ft A lovely old Alba shrub rose bred by Jean-Pierre Vibert in France. Quite small for an Alba but has plenty of  large semi double cupped blooms of  pure pink in clusters  with pronounced golden anthers. Grey green foliage A very attractive rose with a superb fragrance. Only summer flowering but  a nice addition to any rose lovers garden. Also known in France as “Amélie” Best in full sun but will cope with some shade.


From November  2011

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