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Northern California Regional Reports

English Roses Built for Northern California

These fragrant climbing roses are expertly bred for maximum performance

‘Lady of Shallot’ rose. Photo: courtesy of davidaustinroses.com.

David Austin was a renowned, highly respected British rosarian dedicated to breeding a remarkable collection of vigorous, healthy, gorgeous roses of character and distinction. He blended the charm and fragrance of much beloved old roses from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the wider color range and repeat blooming of more recently introduced cultivars. His focus on combining the very best characteristics of antique cabbage rose (Rosa × centifolia, Zones 4–9), Damask rose (Rosa × damascena, Zones 4–8), French rose (Rosa gallica, Zones 3–8), and white rose of York (Rosa × alba, Zones 3–9) with those of modern hybrid teas and floribundas resulted in the introduction of over 240 exceptional, award-winning, captivating English roses to gardeners all over the world.

Robust, graceful, colorful, deliciously fragrant, and with a particularly recognizable flower form, many of these beauties have been bred with disease resistance in mind and are well suited to the wide range of microclimates found in Northern California…

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