David Austin Roses


We are pleased to introduce our selection of David Austin Roses grafted on Fortuniana rootstock. We offer a wide variety of cultivars reflecting the broad range of colors and bloom types available in English garden roses.

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Abraham Darby (Auscot)

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 ft. (climber)

Ambridge Rose (Auswonder)
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.


Carding Mill (Auswest)

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 myrrh fragrance.

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.

Charles Darwin ® (Auspeet)
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 (Auspoly)
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.

Christopher Marlowe (Ausjump)
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.

Crocus Rose (Ausquest)
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.


English Garden (Ausbuff)
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 (Aussaucer)

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.

Gertrude Jekyll ® (Ausbord)
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 day.

Grace ® (Auskeppy)
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 areas

Graham Thomas ® (Ausmas)
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.

Happy Child (Auscomp)
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.

Heritage (Ausblush)

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 Iceberg, 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 (Ausjo)
‘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 (Ausvolume)
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.

L D Braithwaite (Auscrim)
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.

Mary Rose ® (Ausmary)
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.

Molineux (Ausmol)
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.

Pat Austin

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 Darby. Tea-scented with a warm, sensuous background. May need summer pruning to maintain as a shrub.  5 ft. x 3.5 ft

Scepter'd Isle (Ausland)
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.

St. Cecilia(Ausmit)
Medium sized, 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 (Ausrimini)
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)

Teasing Georgia® (Ausbaker)
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 climber.

The Dark Lady (Ausbloom)
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.

The Pilgrim(Auswalker)
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’.

The Squire (ausire)
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.) growth
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Winchester Cathedral (Auscat)
A 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.  Named after one of the finest Cathedrals in Britain.


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