A well-formed shrub of shapely, bushy growth. In early summer it is studded
with large, deeply cupped blooms in shades of pink, apricot and yellow, and
in spite of their size, these continue to be produced for the remainder of
the season. An excellent vigorous shrub. A rich, fruity fragrance
with a refreshing sharpness.
It repeats well but summer pruning will encourage a better crop
of flowers and help maintain a more compact plant. 5 ft. x 5 ft. (shrub); 8
Medium sized flowers that are nicely cupped at first, opening to form a
loose rosette formation; color apricot, later paling towards the edges.
flowers freely and continuously on neat, busy growth, Suitable for the
border and for bedding. myrrh fragrance. 3 ft. x 2 ft.
A flower of beautifully mixed shades of pink, apricot and yellow,
overall, giving the impression of rich apricot. At the bud stage, when the
petals are just starting to unfurl, the inside of the petals are a very
rich, deep apricot as opposed to the paler, soft yellow undersides. When
fully open the center of the flower is well filled with petals, their
closeness giving the impression of a rich, apricot - pink. Around the
center, the loose ring of petals curl in slightly and so show their pale
apricot yellow undersides. It will quickly make a bushy, rounded shrub with straight stems,
the many flowers nodding just slightly. There is a strong and beautiful
Carding Mill is an extremely beautiful valley in the Long Mynd just to the
west of our nursery in Shropshire. 4 x 3 1/2ft.
The blooms of Charles Darwin are some of the largest to be found in the
English Roses and are on a par with Brother Cadfael and Golden Celebration,
creating a really impressive effect in the garden. The flowers are very full
and rounded at first, then opening up to a shallow cup. They are a lovely
shade of rich yellow - almost Old Gold - sometimes with lemony or sandy
tints. It makes a most attractive, bushy and eye catching shrub that is very
healthy and would be ideal for towards the front of a mixed or pure rose
border Strong and delicious fragrance varies between a soft, floral Tea and
almost pure lemon according to weather conditions. 4 ft. x 3 ft. Named after
Charles Darwin the British naturalist who was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire,
close to our nursery in the UK.
Charlotte has excellent green foliage and a compact, bushy habit, with even,
upright growth. A very free flowering variety which repeats well. Exquisite
flowers of a soft yellow colour. The blooms start off beautifully cupped,
later opening out to form a rosette shape. Each bloom is packed with
numerous small petals, arranged around a classic button eye. There is a
medium-strong and very pleasant Tea Rose fragrance. All in all, one of the
most beautiful of the yellow English Roses and also, for those with
particularly cold winters, one of the hardiest.
3 ft. x 2.5 ft.
This rose is of a colour not usually associated with English Roses: an
intense orange-red, paling a little to salmon-pink on the outer petals as
the flowers age. The flowers are cupped in the bud, opening to medium-sized
rosettes; the outer petals eventually reflexing a little. They are produced
freely and with remarkable continuity. There is a pleasing Tea fragrance,
with a hint of lemon. ‘Christopher Marlowe’ forms a very healthy, nicely
rounded shrub with medium green, small, shiny leaves. The growth is short
but very vigorous, with numerous stems arising from the base and later
branching to give a continuous flow of flowers. It is ideal for bringing a
bright splash of colour to a border of softer, less vibrant shade. Named
after the Elizabethan playwright and poet who is said to have pressed a rose
bud in a book as a mark of friendship to a friend with whom he had had an
argument. He was a great influence on his contemporary, William
Shakespeare. 2.5 x 3 ft.
This is a very robust and free flowering rose, bearing large, rosette-shaped
flowers that are cupped at first; the petals later reflexing. The colour is
soft apricot, paling to cream on the outer petals. The flowers are produced
very freely, in large clusters elegantly poised on the end of slightly
arching stems. They have a delightful Tea Rose fragrance. 4 ft. x 3 ft.
A true 'Old Rose', opening flat and perfectly formed, with numerous small
petals. The colour is a soft apricot-yellow at the centre, paling a little
towards the edges. The growth is upright, and the foliage dark green.
Suitable for a border, but also a good bedding rose.
3ft. x 2.5ft.
Evelyn bears giant, apricot colored flowers of a shallow,
saucer-like shape, with numerous small petals inter-twined within. This is
not the most vigorous of English Roses, but the individual flower is
absolutely magnificent. Its great glory is its wonderful fragrance, which is
similar in style to an Old Rose, but with a sumptuous fruity note
reminiscent of fresh peaches and apricot.
4 ft. x 3 ft. (6 ft. as climber) Named on behalf of Crabtree & Evelyn, who used it in their range
of rose perfumes.
The flowers of this rose start as perfect little scrolled buds and soon
open into the most beautiful, large, rosette-shaped flowers of rich glowing
pink. The growth is upright and vigorous and in every way reliable. The most
outstanding characteristic of this lovely rose is its beautiful and
perfectly-balanced Old Rose scent. This is often described as being the
quintessential old rose fragrance. The foliage and growth are similar to
that of a Portland Rose, with the typical Portland widely-spaced leaflets.
It forms a medium sized shrub which is robust and free flowering. 5 x 3.5 ft
or 8-10 ft as a climber. Gertrude Jekyll was a famous garden designer, who
has had a profound effect on the style of English gardens of the present
An excellent variety with flowers of a lovely pure apricot - darker in the
middle, paler towards the edges; a colour that blends well with other
shades; especially dark reds and purples. The blooms are shallowly cupped at
first, slowly opening to form a perfect rosette with the outer petals
reflexed. It forms a good, branching shrub that is healthy and repeat
flowers well. In every way, an excellent garden plant. Delicious, warm and
sensuous fragrance. 4 ft. x 4 ft. May benefit from summer pruning in warmer
The cup shaped flowers are of medium size. Their colour is an unusually
rich, pure yellow that would be hard to match even among modern roses, and
is entirely missing from old roses. There is a medium-strong, fresh tea rose
fragrance, with a cool violet character typical of its colour group. It has
attractive, smooth green foliage. Good repeat-flowering from early summer
onwards. Would benefit from summer pruning if grown as a shrub. 5 ft. x 4
ft. (10-12 ft. as climber) Named for one of the most influential gardeners
of his time. Graham Thomas was a frequent visitor to our nursery and chose
this rose himself.
Has broad shallowly cupped flowers of an exceptionally deep yellow - deeper
than that of any other English Rose. The leaves are unusual for an English
Rose, in that they are thick and highly polished with an almost
camellia-like appearance, that goes well with the yellow of the flowers. The
growth is slightly arching, making an attractive little shrub. There is a
delicious Tea Rose fragrance. 3 ft. x 3ft.
One of the most popular English Roses. The blooms have perfect, cupped form
, medium size; soft, clear pink at the centre, while the outer petals are
almost white. This is a flower of delicate shell-like beauty. The growth is
excellent, showing signs of its grandparent
with a smooth, rather ‘Musk Rose’ foliage and clean stems with only a few
thorns. It is strong and bushy with excellent repeat-flowering properties
and will grow to form a shapely, well-rounded shrub, beautiful fragrance,
with overtones of fruit, honey and carnation on a myrrh background. 5 ft. x
4 ft. (7 ft. as climber)
Jude The Obscure
‘Jude the Obscure’ vies with Golden Celebration for the first
place as the most magnificent of the English Roses. Its flowers are very
large and of incurved chalice shape. Their color is a pleasing medium yellow
on the inside of the petals and a paler yellow on the outside. It has
excellent, strong and almost completely disease-free growth. This rose is
particularly fine in a dry climate, although it may ball in the rain. A very
strong, unusual and delicious fragrance with a fruity note reminiscent of
guava and sweet white wine.
4 ft. x 4 ft. or 8 ft. as a climber. Named after the character in Thomas Hardy’s novel.
Lady of Megginch
With its large, richly coloured flowers, this is a particularly impressive
variety. The blooms commence as pretty, rounded buds gradually opening to
form very large, full, cupped, rosette shaped flowers with the outer petals
recurving back slightly. The colour is a very rich, deep pink; slightly
tinged with deep orange at first and then changing to a deep rose pink.
There is a good, fruity Old Rose fragrance with a definite hint of
raspberry. Depending on how hard it is pruned, it will grow into a medium or
large shrub of rather upright, but bushy habit. It is very vigorous and
healthy. This rose will create some excitement in a border of softer colours.
4 ft. x 3 ft. Megginch Castle in Perth, Scotland, is the family home of the
late Baroness Strange, who was President of the War Widows' Association
until her death in 2005. She did much good work on behalf of war widows and
was well known for her love of flowers and her rose garden.
This rose has the brightest crimson coloring of all the English Roses;
standing out when viewed from across the garden. It is related to Mary Rose
and has many of that rose's good garden qualities. The blooms open wide and
are slightly cupped. They are produced freely and flower with remarkable
continuity. It forms a medium-sized, bushy shrub which looks particularly
beautiful when grown in a mixed border. There is little scent until the
flower ages, when it develops a charming Old Rose fragrance. 4.5 x 4ft.
Named for David C. H. Austin’s father-in-law, Leonard Braithwaite.
One of the most widely grown English Roses, ‘Mary Rose’ is in every way a
good garden plant. It bears attractive, rose pink, loose-petalled blooms of
medium size, which flower with unusual regularity throughout the summer. The
delicious fragrance is of Old Rose character with a hint of honey and almond
blossom. A first class, very reliable garden shrub of medium size with
well-shaped, twiggy growth and nice foliage. It harmonizes well with other
plants in a mixed border. (See also the sports ‘Redouté’ and ‘Winchester
Cathedral’.) Named to mark the recovery of Henry VIII’s flagship from the
Solent after more than 400 years. 4 x 4ft.
An excellent rose for bedding, although it is equally good for the border.
It flowers with exceptional freedom and continuity, has even upright growth
and little or no disease. The flowers are of a rich yellow color. It has a
characteristic Tea Rose fragrance with a musky background. Named for the
Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. 3 ft x 2 ft.
Named after David Austin’s wife, this is an entirely new color
break in English Roses; a bright copper on the inside of the petals, with
pale copper-yellow on the outer sides, a similar effect to ‘Austrian Copper’
(R. foetida bicolor).
The flowers are large and deeply cupped, so that we get contrasting colors
between the two sides of the petals, giving a most attractive effect. The
growth is strong and of a similar type to Golden Celebration and Abraham
Tea-scented with a warm, sensuous background. May need summer pruning to
maintain as a shrub. 5 ft. x 3.5 ft
This bears numerous, cupped flowers, with yellow stamens visible
within. The color is a soft pink shading to a paler pink on the outer
petals. Its growth is rather upright, with its flowers held above the
foliage. It flowers freely and continuously.
There is a powerful fragrance - an outstanding example of the English Rose
fragrance, based on the myrrh note introduced with Constance Spry. Winner of
the R.N.R.S. Henry Edland Award for fragrance. Summer pruning will help to
maintain the height and encourage quicker repeat flowering. 4 ft. x 2.5 ft.
Sharifa Asma (Ausreef)
An exquisite rose of true Old Rose charm. The blooms
are shallowly cupped at first and gradually reflex to form a perfect
rosette. A most delicate blush pink, fading to almost white on the outer
petals. Short, rather upright growth.
One of the most beautiful English Roses, but it can be
damaged by very hot sun. A distinctive and beautiful fragrance with fruity
notes reminiscent of white grapes and mulberry. 4 ft. x 3 ft.
slightly open flowers of distinctly cupped formation. These are held well
apart in open sprays, nodding on their stems to look at you. The colour is
pale buff apricot, turning almost to white. Altogether a most elegant rose.
The fragrance is very strong and both remarkable and unusual; an English
Rose myrrh character with lemon and almond blossom. 4 ft. x 3 ft. St.
Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians.
Strawberry Hill bears medium sized, pure rose pink, cupped rosettes of
superb quality. Their color gradually pales to a lighter pink at the edges
of the petals, eventually exposing glimpses of yellow stamens at the centre.
The blooms are beautiful at all stages.
The growth is tall, vigorous and rather informal, with small clusters of
blooms held on slightly arching branches. Strawberry Hill is very healthy
with glossy, dark green foliage. This is a wonderful choice for a position
to the rear of a mixed border, or for a border of shrub roses. A strong and
delicious myrrh and (heather) honey fragrance. 4 x 4 ft
Strawberry Hill is named to commemorate a beautiful house at Twickenham,
built by Horace Walpole, the youngest son of the first British Prime
Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, in the style of the Gothic revival. He laid
out a fine garden which is currently being restored. (Leander Group)
A yellow rose of delicate beauty; the flowers are of a particularly
pleasing cupped formation. The centre petals are in the form of a rich,
deep yellow cup, while the outer petals fall back and fade to palest
yellow providing a most pleasing, two-tone effect. The growth is strong
but graceful, displaying the flowers nicely. Pleasant, medium-strong Tea
Rose fragrance. Good disease-resistance and repeat-flowering. May need
some summer pruning if grown as a shrub. 4 ft. x 3.5 ft. or 8 ft. as a
A dark, dusky crimson rose, with rather loosely formed flowers that open
wide and hang elegantly. They have a special character of their own, which
reminds us of the flowers of tree peonies, as sometimes seen on fabrics and
wallpapers. It forms a shapely, spreading bush. The bush is small at first
but over time becomes quite large, reaching a medium height. It bears
attractive, large, dark green leaves which are rough in texture, resembling
those of its Rosa rugosa parentage. There is a light Old Rose fragrance.
This variety is particularly happy in Mediterranean-type climates and in the
southern USA. 4 x 4ft.
The name is taken from the mysterious Dark Lady of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
An excellent pure yellow rose, that combines unusually strong and
healthy growth with blooms of the utmost delicacy and charm. These are
quite large and evenly shaped, with many small petals opening to form a
flat flower. They have a softness of texture which is most pleasing, and
look particularly fine when arranged in a bowl. Its fine fragrance is a
perfect balance between a classic Tea scent and the English Rose, myrrh
fragrance. 4.5 ft. X 3 ft. (8 ft.+ as climber). The Pilgrim is taken
from Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’.
S, dr, 1981, Austin, David; bud globular; flowers very dark red,
large, heavy, 120 petals, cupped, borne 1 - 3 per cluster, intense, old rose
fragrance; recurrent; foliage dark; prickles straight; open, bushy (3 ft.)
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lovely sport of the beautiful ‘Mary Rose’. It shares all of the virtues of
its parent, and is similar in every way, except that the flowers are white,
occasionally with the slightest touch of buff pink at the centre. The
overall effect is excellent, producing a mass of flowers and continuing to
bloom at regular intervals throughout the summer. The individual blooms are
in the form of medium-sized, loose-petalled rosettes of typical Old Rose
character. There is delicious Old Rose fragrance with hints of honey and
almond blossom, which becomes much stronger in warmer weather. ‘Winchester
Cathedral’ is a first class garden shrub with well-shaped, twiggy, bushy
growth and nice foliage. It looks particularly beautiful in a mixed border
mingling with other plants and perennials. 4 ft. x 4 ft.
one of the finest Cathedrals in Britain.