British-bred and renowned throughout the world for their spectacular blooms, healthy growth and wonderful fragrance, David Austin roses make an outstanding addition to any garden. Developing an interest in roses as a teenager in the 1940s, David released his first rose, Constance Spry, in 1961 and has since introduced over 200 new varieties, winning many awards along the way! We currently have 5 of these varieties available as open-ground plants.
Open-ground David Austin roses (Autumn/winter 2019-20)
BOSCOBEL – ENGLISH SHRUB ROSE – £18.99
Myrrh-scented, coral-pink, upward-facing blooms. Repeat-flowering. Height and spread 1m x 0.75m. Suitable for mixed borders, pots & containers or rose borders. Suitable for all soil types in a sunny position (east, south or west-facing aspects). This rose was named after Boscobel House, (now owned by English Heritage) which 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. Introduced 2012.
THE PILGRIM (RHS AGM) – ENGLISH CLIMBING ROSE – £18.99
Tea and myrrh-scented, soft yellow blooms. Repeat-flowering. Height up to 12ft/3.75m. Suitable for walls, fences, front of house/doorways, arches and obelisks. Suits all soil types in sun or partial shade (east, west, north or south aspects). Tolerant of poor soil. This rose was named after the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Introduced 1991.
GERTRUDE JEKYLL (RHS AGM) – ENGLISH CLIMBING ROSE – £18.99
Bright pink blooms with a strong ‘old rose’ fragrance. Always one of the first English roses to start flowering. Repeat-flowering. Height 6-8ft/2-2.5m. Suitable for walls, fences, front of house/doorways, arches and obelisks. Suitable for all soil types in full sun (east, west or south aspects). This rose was named after the famous garden designer Gertrude Jekyll who had a great influence on the English garden style of today. Jekyll was an advocate of incorporating roses in mixed borders and she created over 400 gardens in the UK, Europe and America. Introduced 1986. Twice voted the nation’s favourite rose and winner of the James Mason Award from the Royal National Rose Society in 2002.
CLAIRE AUSTIN – ENGLISH CLIMBING ROSE – £18.99
A strong myrrh fragrance, pale lemon in bud, opening to large creamy-white flowers. Repeat-flowering. Height up to 12ft/3.75m. A vigorous, healthy grower, suitable for walls, fences, front of house/doorways, arches and obelisks. Suits all soil types in sun or partial shade (east, west, north or south aspects). Tolerant of poor soil. Named after the daughter of David Austin Senior. Introduced 2007.
ST SWITHUN – ENGLISH CLIMBING/SHRUB ROSE – £18.99
Large, soft pink, saucer-like blooms, each packed with over one hundred frilly petals with a medium-strong myrrh fragrance. Repeat-flowering. May be grown as a tall upright shrub or a short climber. Height up to 10ft/3m. Grey-green foliage. Suitable for walls, fences, doorways, arches and obelisks. Suits all soil types in full sun (east, west or south aspects). Named after St. Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the consecration of Winchester Cathedral. Introduced 1993.