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. This angel of a rose has clouds of soft creamy apricot blooms that gently fade to white. A really beautiful rose that is generous with bloom and has a vigorous, disease resistant, informal, growth habit. Named for a recently discovered artefact from Lichfield Cathedral. Mr Austin does it again! PVR 2006.
Named for a recently discovered artefact from Lichfield Cathedral.
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Austin. A very fragrant rose with curved arching stems and semi-double blooms in shades of salmon-pink with orange and apricot over-tones. Flowers for months and is good for the front of the border. 1973 PVR.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Austin. A vigorous grower with mid green foliage and masses of sweetly scented, cup shaped, clear pink blooms that darken slightly as they mature. Flowers from summer to autumn, good disease resistance, easy to grow. 1983. PVR
The 'Mary Rose' was the flagship of Henry VIII and was in turn named after his sister.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.9m
Austin. This is a pretty little rose with real flower power. The soft yellow flowers are rosette shaped and have a strong fragrance. 'Molineux' has a strong resistance to disease so overall a worthy choice. Lovely for the front of the border. 1998. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 60cm
Striking salmon-pink, large, single flowers with a touch of yellow at the centre and prominent red stamens. Repeat flowers but also bears a large crop of hips. Light clove and musk scent. This healthy vigorous rose will look great in informal areas of your garden.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.8m x 1.8m
David Austin rose Mrs. Doreen Pike’ is a rose of modest charm. The deep pink flowers are in the form of neat, medium-sized rosettes and give the impression of mingling with the small, pale green leaves. It is very free-flowering and repeats very well. There is a lovely, strong Old Rose fragrance.
Colour: Pink Habit: Rounded Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 120cm
Austin. An exquisite rose named after David Austin's wife. Bright copper inner petals are highlighted by pale coppery yellow outer petals on deeply cupped blooms. A strongly fragrant, sensuous rose well worth growing. 1999. PVR.
Colour: Apricot / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Austin. Well the name says it all really as Pretty Jessica is indeed very pretty. The bowl shaped flowers have masses of petals in shades of musky pink and oh the sweet perfume. Dense compact growth with mid green foliage. 1983. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 90cm