Own-Root Roses a New Option

David Austin Roses now offering varieties as budded plants or as own-root roses.

From David Austin Roses comes the golden yellow Golden Celebration rose.

From David Austin Roses comes the golden yellow Golden Celebration rose.

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David Austin Roses has announced its first collection of own-root roses for American gardeners, effective this spring at select garden centers and via mail order at the company’s website.

The company, famed for its fragrant English Garden Roses, will continue to offer most of its roses as budded or grafted plants, which remains the desirable option for most of the United States. But under certain growing conditions, especially in colder climates, some gardeners prefer roses grown on their own roots. To meet that demand, David Austin Roses is offering a collection of 10 of its most popular and best performing roses as own-root roses.

Initial supply is limited. For those ordering own-root roses from David Austin’s catalog or online sales, it is important to order early and to specify “own root” as the 10 varieties are also offered as grafted bare root roses. All David Austin roses are shipped when local planting conditions are optimal.

The 10 varieties being offered as own-root plants for spring 2011 are: Rosa ‘Carding Mill’ (hardy in USDA Zones 5-9); ‘Crocus Rose’ (Zones 4-9); ‘Crown Princess Margareta (Zones 4-9); ‘Darcey Bussell’ (Zones 5-9); ‘Gentle Hermione’ (Zones 5-9); ‘Golden Celebration’ (Zones 4-9); ‘Lichfield Angel’ (Zones 5-9); ‘Strawberry Hill’ (Zones 5-9); ‘Teasing Georgia’ (Zones 4-9); and ‘William Shakespeare 2000’ (Zones 5-10).

All David Austin roses sold in the United States are specially selected for American growing conditions and climate zones. All are grown and shipped within the United States. In keeping with the company’s standards of quality, all roses in David Austin’s collection of own-root roses have been tested in U.S. gardens prior to introduction.

Most rose houses, including David Austin Roses, typically offer their rose offerings grafted onto the rootstock of tough-as-nails Rosa ‘Dr. Huey’ to provide consistency of garden strength. Occasionally a particularly harsh winter can cut back the desirable grafted rose bush, leaving its ‘Dr. Huey’ rootstock to send up shoots. With own-root roses, of course, the rootstock belongs to the desired rose.

David Austin’s own-root roses are of similar size and quality to their budded or grafted roses, and their planting and care requirements are the same. They are large, healthy plants that should establish quickly and flourish in the garden.

David Austin’s award-winning catalog, The Handbook of Roses, is a rose lovers’ delight, available at no charge. To order, visit the David Austin website, call 800-328-8893, or write to David Austin Roses Limited, 15059 State Highway 64 West, Tyler, TX 75704.