New Roses for Your Garden

Five new Old English cottage garden style roses make their debut, just in time for you to add one or two to your spring gardens and give one as a gift for Mother’s Day.

| February 5, 2010

Few gardeners can resist the charms of Old English cottage garden style roses. Among the most satisfying are David Austin’s English Rose hybrids, which combine the beauty and fragrance of the old roses with the repeat-flowering, full bush and wide color ranges of modern roses.

This spring, David Austin debuts five new English Rose varieties for American gardens. Each features the richly hued old-fashioned flowers Austin is known for. Their bushy shrubs are bred for the garden and are suited to growing in garden beds and borders, in large pots, and grouped in the landscape.

The five new English roses include: a velvety crimson English rose, Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’; Rosa ‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ with unusually large pink deeply cupped roses; Rosa ‘Sir John Betjeman’ with colorful neat, bright pink rosettes; Rosa ‘Wisley 2008,’ with semi-cupped, soft pink roses of exceptional grace and a complex fragrance; and Rosa ‘Young Lycidas,’ with a rich color blend of purplish magenta-pink-red, a first for Austin’s English Roses.

Among the new introductions, two were recently heralded with international awards.

As a ‘Concors Internacional de Roses’ in Barcelona, ‘Wisley 2008’ won Best Rose for Landscaping, while ‘Young Lycidas’ was awarded the top prize for fragrance. ‘Munstead Wood’ was named “Flower of the Year” by the style-setting French magazine, Rustica.

“This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first repeat-flowering David Austin varieties,” says David JC Austin, son of breeder David Austin and managing director of David Austin Roses, in Albrighton, Wolverhampton in the Shropshire area of England. “We’re a family-owned company with a long heritage of breeding and growing roses. Our objective has always remained the same: to combine the best of the old with the best of the new, to create roses that will provide the greatest possible pleasure for the gardener.”

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