I don't think it would be an over-statement to say that David Austin is probably the most important and influential breeder of modern times. David Austin roses have reignited a fierce passion for roses world-wide and introduced a whole new generation of gardeners to this most beautiful of blooms. Born in 1926, on a farm in the English Midlands where he still resides, David started his breeding programme with the objective of combining "the best of the old with the best of the new". His first releases were crosses between Gallicas and Floribundas producing "Constance Spry" in 1961 and "Chianti" in 1967. Two lovely roses but only once flowering, the main aim was to produce reliable "repeaters". This was achieved in 1969 with the release of The Canterbury Tales series. Around about the 1980's David Austin started to use the brand "English Roses" but such is our association with the man and his roses that these wonderful roses are simply and affectionately called "David Austin's" or just plain "Austin's".
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International success was achieved in 1983 with the release of "Mary Rose" and "Graham Thomas". In 2009, 26 years after release, "Graham Thomas" was voted the "World's Favourite Rose" by the World Federation of Rose Societies. Many other awards followed for both the man and the roses. "Princess Alexandra of Kent" and "Munstead Wood" are two recent releases which have received top awards for fragrance. David Austin has been awarded an OBE, the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society, the Dean Hole Medal by the Royal National Rose Society, an Honorary MSc from the University of East London and a lifetime achievement award from the Garden Centre Association in 2004. In the family owned rose nursery where David Austin now works along side his son, David junior, roughly 300,000 rose seeds are planted every year in order to find the next magical Austin to delight rose lovers around the world. Modern Austin roses have the desirable characteristics of good vigour and fragrance but to me their very best feature is that they are at their most beautiful when fully open. Simply irresistible!
Austin. A gorgeous shrub rose with deeply cupped, very fragrant blooms in shades of warm apricot and pink that repeat all season. A disease resistant plant that could be used as a small climber. PVR 1985.
Just in case you have ever wondered, this rose is named after Abraham Darby who was an English Pioneer of the Industrial Revolution.
Colour: Apricot / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m
Apricot-yellow buds open to shallowly cupped, many petalled rosettes. They are a beautiful blend of subtle apricot-pink and soft yellow, giving the overall impression of apricot, with creamy outer petals. Strong, honey, myrrh fragrance.
The name was inspired by the heroine of Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd.
Colour: Apricot / Yellow Habit: Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.8m
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Austin. Showy double, cupped red rosette blooms with a hint of orange. Very fragrant and vigorous strong growth. Definitely a 'standout' as was the English Composer this rose is named after. PVR. 2001. Deciduous
Colour: Red / Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Austin. Beautiful flowers of rich salmon start as red buds which open first to pretty cups, gradually developing into blooms of classic rosette formation. The delightful myrrh fragrance has a hawthorn character with hints of elderflower, pear and almond. Dark green foliage on a vigorous healthy bush. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 75cm
Austin. Richly fragrant, huge, fully double, globular flowers head of softest pink. Drop dead gorgeous in fact. Strong bushy growth habit excellent repeat flowering habit. Named after a fictional monastic sleuth and is far more showy than the name suggests. 1990 TM
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.1m x 0.9m
Austin. Another excellent rose from David Austin of England. The large double blooms are a shade of yellow that I would describe as old gold. Very fragrant so plant where you will enjoy the perfume. Broad spreading vigorous growth and good disease resistance. Plenty of blooms. PVR. 2001.
Colour: Yellow / Gold Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.4m x 1m
Austin. To those of you who know and love the rose Graham Thomas you will recognize that his genes are very much part of the parentage of Charlotte. Soft yellow cupped blooms with a delicious fragrance. Flowers continuously. A rose of superb quality. 1993. PVR.
Colour: Yellow / Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Austin. Another delightful rose in the form that we have to come to know as English Roses however this one has a distinct Kiwi flavour. Large double flowers of delicate apricot paling to cream with age, pleasing fragrance and plenty of flowers. PVR. 2000.
This rose has several 'personas' - it is known in the UK as 'The Crocus Rose' in conjunction with the Crocus Trust which raises money for Colon Cancer and it is AKA 'Emanuel'.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Austin. Described by David Austin as "their finest white rose to date" and appropriately named after his daughter Claire. Buds of pale lemon open to large white blooms with petals arranged in concentric circules. The plentiful blooms are very fragrant. Excellent disease resistance. PVR. 2011.
Claire Austin is also an established nursery woman growing perennials. Her book "Irises- A Gardeners Encyclopedia" is a "must have" for any Iris grower.
Colour: White Habit: Arching / Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.4m x 1.2m
Austin. Named after a descendant of Queen Victoria this is yet another winner from Mr Austin. Strong fruity fragrance, large neatly formed rosettes of a lovely warm apricot-orange. A tall slightly arching shrub which is ideal for the back of the border, repeats well. PVR 1999.
Colour: Apricot / Orange Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
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