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. Small buds open to wide, perfect rosettes of bloom in a vivid hot pink shade. The colour intensifies as the bloom ages. This rose repeats well and has a nice light fragrance and a slightly arching habit. Generally healthy and well behaved. PVR 2008.
Sir John Betjeman was Poet Laureate and was also known as a journalist and broadcaster in the UK. 1906-1984.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 100cm x 75cm
Austin. A semi-double rose with deep pink blooms that are open, cupped and very fragrant. The deep pink colour gradually fades to a soft lilac pink as the blooms age. Repeats well. Named by Sister Elizabeth who heard a Skylark sing on a visit to the Austin nursery. Sweet Tweet. PVR 2011.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 0.9m x 0.6m
Austin. Large fully double rosette flowers starting luminous red then changing to a strong pink in full sun. Light tea fragrance, excellent repeat flowering. A lovely rose with good disease resistance and blooms that appear from spring through to summer. Compact growth that makes it ideal for bedding, container planting or as a hedge. 1997. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Austin. This large shrub or small climbing rose (depending on training) has large, very fragrant, full, double blooms of softest pink. The petals form a pretty rosette with a 'button' eye in the centre. Grey-green foliage that shows good disease resistance. A top performing rose. PVR. 1993.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.7m x 1m
Austin. Cupped, double, full flowers that are described by Austin roses as "beautiful at all stages". The blooms are shaded a warm shade of rose pink and are very fragrant. Glossy green disease resistant foliage and of course the rose repeats well. Multi award winner including the Prix d' Honneur for fragrance. Deciduous PVR. 2007.
This rose was named after Horace Walpole's English country house in Twickenham.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1.2m
Austin. A beautiful and unusual rose with unfading blooms shaded burnt orange. The fully cupped blooms open from fat rounded buds and have a plentiful supply of petals. Looks good with apricots and yellows and will certainly demand attention. Strong fruity fragrance. You'll have to find a space for this one. PVR. 2005.
Colour: Orange Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Austin. You just may entice Romeo into the garden when you plant Sweet Juliet. The beautiful, full, cupped and quartered blooms are in tones of apricot and peachy pink. Sweetly scented. Worth a try. 1999 PVR.
Colour: Apricot / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m
Austin. One of David Austin's early successes that remains a very worthwhile rose. The glistening apricot blooms are double and full with a delightful perfume to tantalize your senses. Generous with blooms throughout the summer. 1983. PVR.
Colour: Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 90cm
Austin. A beautiful apricot blend rose with full double blooms that are an informal rosette shape. Delicious fruity fragrance. Repeats very well and has the bonus of almost thorn-less stems. Considered to be very healthy. Another beauty to add to your Austin collection. PVR 2006.
Named to commemorate the ship used in the early Tea Trade.
Colour: Apricot Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 1m
Austin. A yellow rose of delicate beauty; the golden yellow blooms are fully double and nicely cupped. The growth is strong but graceful, displaying the flowers nicely. Deliciously scented with an award winning fragrance.
Good disease-resistance and repeat-flowering. 1998. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.2m