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. Another delightful rose in the form that we have to come to know as English Roses however this one has a distinct Kiwi flavour. Large double flowers of delicate apricot paling to cream with age, pleasing fragrance and plenty of flowers. PVR. 2000.
This rose has several 'personas' - it is known in the UK as 'The Crocus Rose' in conjunction with the Crocus Trust which raises money for Colon Cancer and it is AKA 'Emanuel'.
Colour: Apricot / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Austin. Described by David Austin as "their finest white rose to date" and appropriately named after his daughter Claire. Buds of pale lemon open to large white blooms with petals arranged in concentric circules. The plentiful blooms are very fragrant. Excellent disease resistance. PVR. 2011.
Claire Austin is also an established nursery woman growing perennials. Her book "Irises- A Gardeners Encyclopedia" is a "must have" for any Iris grower.
Colour: White Habit: Arching / Climbing Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.4m x 1.2m
Austin. The delicate blush pink blooms have a perfect old fashioned cupped form and a generous amount of petals. The blooms which have a strong perfume fade to white with age. Repeats well, growth upright and vigorous. Just lovely. 1986.
Colour: Pink / White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm ?
Container: pb8 ?
Current Stock Height: 30/40 cm ?
Container: pb8 ?
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Austin. A beautiful rose named for the beautiful English Ballerina - Darcey Brussell. Fully double rich crimson blooms with a perfect rosette of outer petals. The delicious fruity fragrance adds to the delight. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 0.6m
Standard Austin. A beautiful rose named for the beautiful English Ballerina - Darcey Bussell. Fully double rich crimson blooms with a perfect rosette of outer petals. The delicious fruity fragrance adds to the delight. PVR.
Colour: Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
Austin. An elegant and exquisite rose with highly fragrant, perfectly formed, double blooms of soft pink. Rated as one of the best Austins. Strong glossy green foliage. Named after the founder of Save The Children Fund. TM 1994.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 1m
Austin. A particularly tough and reliable variety of medium size, with flowers of deep glowing pink. These are shallowly cupped at first; the outer petals eventually reflexing back and revealing an attractive button eye. Englands Rose flowers more or less continually from October to April