I’ve grown dozens over the years and have always like them. Over the years they have also increased in their disease resistance and many have decreased in their overall size. Long time fans of David Austin Roses will remember planting their first Graham Thomas expecting a six foot shrub only to find a year later a twelve foot plus beast! The latter happened mainly in warmer climates but it was certainly a surprise. Recently they’ve been releasing tidy, smaller shrubs well suited for today’s size of gardens. Many of these also do very well in pots so think about that as well.
David Austin Roses has four new releases for this upcoming season. All can be ordered directly through their website via mail order. The descriptions and photos are courtesy David Austin Roses.
The first is Maid Marion.
“‘Maid Marion’ – The clear pink flowers of ‘Maid Marion’ open in the most perfect rosette-shape in the form of a saucer, framed by larger outer petals that form a beautifully rounded rim. David Austin’s team enthuses that the rose produces some of the most superbly formed flowers they have seen. It’s quick to re-bloom, producing wave after wave of flowers from early summer till frost. Its fragrance starts out as a soft myrrh that evolves over time to become more fruity with a distinct clove character.
Details: Excellent repeat-flowering. The double flowers are 4 inches in diameter with approximately 55 petals each. Grows 3 feet tall x 3 feet wide. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-9.
Naming notes: Named for Maid Marion, companion of the English mythical hero, Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. (English Musk Hybrid, David Austin 2010, Austobias)”
Austin’s three short, repeat-bloom ramblers have lax arching stems ideally sized for use as climbers on arches, pillars, walls, trellises and even small trees. (All ramblers are known for more lax or pliable stems, but longer ramblers have a tendency to overwhelm many garden supports.) The lovely new pink variety joins Austin’s soft yellow rambler ‘Malvern Hills’ and white ‘Snow Goose’. All three are exceptionally pretty, reliably producing waves of flowers all season long.
Details: Repeat-blooming. The fully double flowers are 2½ inches in diameter, with approximately 85 petals each. Grows to a height of 10 to 12 feet, perhaps a bit more in warmer areas. Hardy in USDA Zones 7-10.
Naming notes: Named to commend the walkers of Albrighton, home town of the Austin nursery, and the SE Shropshire chapter of the UK’s national initiative Walking for Health. (English Musk Hybrid, David Austin 2013, Ausmobile)”
Details: Repeat-flowering. The double flowers are 4-inches in diameter with approximately 65 petals each. Grows to 4 feet tall x 3 feet wide, or more according to pruning. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-9.
Naming notes: David Austin was asked to name this rose to honor Canterbury Cathedral. Thomas à Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury 1162-1170. (English Rose, David Austin 2013, Auswinston)
Details: Repeat-flowering. The fully double flowers are 4-inches in diameter with approximately 65 petals each. Grows to 3-4 feet tall x 2½ feet wide, depending on how it is pruned. Hardy in USDA Zones 5-9.
Naming notes: Named in honor of the outstanding contributions of noted women gardeners to Plant Heritage in celebration of its 35th anniversary year. The non-profit group is known for conserving the diversity of garden plants of the British Isles through its Threatened Plants Project and 620 National Plant Collections, including the National Collection of English Roses that Austin maintains at its nursery in Shropshire. (English Old Rose Hybrid, David Austin 2013, Ausbrass)”