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. Large, double and full blooms of glowing pink with an outer rim of paler pink petals. Strongly fragrant with just a hint of lemon as the blooms fades. Good disease resistance and plenty of blooms throughout the season. Certainly fit for a Princess. PVR. 2011.
Named after Princess Alexandra of Kent who is a keen gardener and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth the II.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Austin. Has a character that is very different from any other rose, having a very special beauty. The young flower is deep pink, almost red, gradually fading to a pure deep pink as the bloom matures. The undersides of the petals have a pleasing hint of yellow. The petals are rather narrow and unusually substantial. Deciduous
Colour: Pink Habit: Compact bushy Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 60cm
Austin. Quite a small rose overall but highly desirable for the richly fragrant blooms that are coloured a deep wine red gradually fading to purple as they age. Flowers continuously throughout the summer. 1982. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 60cm x 90cm
Austin. If you like pink you will love this rose. Vibrant mid pink blooms with a strong fragrance are large, fully double and delightful. Not a large bush so place towards the front of the border. 1994. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x .90cm
Austin. This rose is a stunning sight in full bloom with its beautiful, fully cupped, double blooms that are shaded the softest delicate pink. The lovely fragrance has hints of honey and almonds. Very pretty for a soft romantic look. 1992. PVR.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Austin. Beautiful mid pink blooms that are fully double and full of petals.This rose has actually won an award for fragrance so you know it will delight your senses beyond the visual. Flowers well from summer to autumn. The name refers to England and is from Shakespeaare's Richard the II PVR. 1989.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.9m
Austin. The subtle charms of this lovely rose will simply delight you as you watch the beautifully cupped blooms open to perfect rosettes. The pale, pearly pink petals emit a delightful myrrh fragrance. Lovely. This rose appreciates light dappled shade in the afternoons. 1983 PVR.
Colour: Pink / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 90cm x 75cm
Austin. Small buds open to wide, perfect rosettes of bloom in a vivid hot pink shade. The colour intensifies as the bloom ages. This rose repeats well and has a nice light fragrance and a slightly arching habit. Generally healthy and well behaved. PVR 2008.
Sir John Betjeman was Poet Laureate and was also known as a journalist and broadcaster in the UK. 1906-1984.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
Austin. A semi-double rose with deep pink blooms that are open, cupped and very fragrant. The deep pink colour gradually fades to a soft lilac pink as the blooms age. Repeats well. Named by Sister Elizabeth who heard a Skylark sing on a visit to the Austin nursery. Sweet Tweet. PVR 2011.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Austin. Large fully double rosette flowers starting luminous red then changing to a strong pink in full sun. Light tea fragrance, excellent repeat flowering. A lovely rose with good disease resistance and blooms that appear from spring through to summer. Compact growth that makes it ideal for bedding, container planting or as a hedge. 1997. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm