David Austin roses, or English roses, bring beauty and perfume to the garden.
Over the last 50 plus years, the popularity of English Roses has come into full bloom. Plant the most fragrant members of this tribe that do well in your Zone, and you will have a wonderfully perfumed garden.
English Roses and hybrid tea roses do compliment each other very nicely. While the English Roses feature some favored crimson cultivars, pink is the most frequent rose color. Imagine some of the pink English Roses juxtaposed against your favorite vibrant pink, hot pink and multi-colored hybrid teas, floribundas and classic climbers.
With these flowers in your garden, you can create your own Impressionist gardens and bouquets.
If you adore bouquets that fill the room with a romantic aroma, you will want to go for some of the more fragrant English roses such as Gertrude Jekyll and Eglantyne.
David Austin roses, in all their varieties and with their glorious scents and petal confections, bring Old World elegance to today’s gardens and bouquets.
Champions of the Old World Legacy
By the 1950s, the hybrid tea had altered gardens and landscapes and had become the Modern it garden centerpiece. With their sculpted buds and formal fluted blooms in new and audacious colors, they were ushered into gardens everywhere.
The continuum of floral fashion even pushed Old Roses out of most nurseries. Fortunately, for those who loved diversity in the garden, a band of non-conformists - including David Austin - collected, protected, and propagated Old Roses.
Mr. Austin steadfastly labored in his fields and crossed Old Roses with perpetual blooming hybrid teas. The result: a new repeat-blooming shrub with Old World style.
Year after year, Mr. Austin continued to faithfully introduce new varieties. In time, their numbers became so substantial that a new category was created just for them. The English rose had been born.