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. A vigorous and hardy rose with glossy green disease resistant foliage. The soft pink blooms have a delicate beauty and are beautifully formed, full and double. Repeats well throughout the season. Nice fragrance too. You'll want this one. PVR. 2009.
Named for Wedgwood to commemorate their 250th anniversary. Josiah Wedgwood, the 'Father of English Potters', founded the company in 1759.
Colour: Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1.5m
Austin. Named after the famous 17th century botanist. Arching sprays of wine-red, rosette shaped blooms that slowly fade to purple as they age. Delicious powerful fragrance. Hardy, reliable and repeats well. Can be used as a pillar rose. 1993 PVR.
Colour: Red / Purple Habit: Arching Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Austin. The flowers are of a beautifully rounded shape with neatly placed petals, making up a perfect rosette. The opening buds are lightly tinged with yellow but as the flowers open they become pure white. There is a light apple fragrance. It has excellent vigour and is very healthy. It has typical light green Musk Rose foliage and is almost thornless. Deciduous
Colour: White / Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 0.9m
Austin. The blooms of this beautiful rose are fully double and rosette shaped. The petals are a delicious, delicate pink touched with just a hint of soft apricot. Delightful fresh fragrance. Flowers displayed on branches with an arching habit. Deciduous. 2003. PVR.
Colour: Pink / Apricot Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Austin. This rose is valued for the delicious 'old rose' fragrance but the blooms are lovely as well. Double and quartered and coloured a rich velvety crimson that ages to rich purple. Flowers freely throughout spring and summer. 2000. PVR.
Colour: Red / Purple Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Austin. Very white double flowers in an 'old rose' form with a blush of buff towards the center. The foliage is a glossy mid-green. Named for the Cathedral made famous in song to aid the on-going restoration. Free flowering and fragrant. 1988. PVR.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m x 90cm
Austin. This is a beautiful rose that looks good enough to serve up with dessert. The large, full, quartered blooms consist of over 80 frilly petals that look like whipped cream when fully open. Strong fruity fragrance. Free flowering and a nice compact habit. 2007. PVR.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1m x 80cm
Austin. This is a really good rose with large semi-double flowers of soft lemon yellow paling to almost cream. The flowers open to reveal silky golden stamens. Strong upright growth. Reliable, flowers freely. 1984. PVR.
Colour: Yellow Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 1.2m X 1.2m
Austin. Miss Portia has cup shaped, double flowers in shades of rich mauve pink that are very strongly scented. Mid green foliage and vigorous growth habit. Flowers from summer through to autumn. Only needs light pruning. 1982.
Colour: Purple / Mauve Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 75cm x 75cm