The Royal Horticulture Society Honors

Twenty-Eight David Austin English Roses
by Sally Ferguson
May 19, 2013

The Royal Horticulture Society in London has named 28 varieties of David Austin English Roses, including 22 new additions in 2013, to its list of recipients of the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). The AGM awards are designed to help gardeners make informed choices about plants. Says the RHS on its website: “This award indicates that the plant is recommended by the RHS.” Initiated in the 1920s, the Award of Garden Merit is bestowed following rigorous trials by the RHS. Only plants meeting its high standards for outstanding quality and reliable garden performance bear the prestigious RHS stamp of approval.

The 22 English Rose varieties receiving 2013 AGM recognition include:‘A Shropshire Lad’, ‘Crocus Rose’, ‘Darcey Bussell’, ‘Grace’, ‘Kew Gardens’, ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’, ‘Lady of Shalott’, ‘Lichfield Angel’, ‘Mortimer Sackler’, ‘Munstead Wood’, ‘Port Sunlight’, ‘Princess Anne’, ‘Rosemoor’, ‘Scarborough Fair’, ‘Skylark’, ‘Strawberry Hill’, ‘Teasing Georgia’, ‘The Generous Gardener’, ‘The Mayflower’, ‘The Pilgrim’, ‘Wild Edric’ and ‘Wildeve’. The six prior English Rose AGM-recipients are Rosa ‘Charlotte’, ‘Constance Spry’, ‘Gertrude Jekyll’, ‘Golden Celebration’, ‘Graham Thomas’ and ‘Molineux’.

David Austin’s English Roses combine the flower forms and perfume of Old Roses with the color range and repeat-flowering habits of modern roses. As a hybridizer, David Austin’s achievement is in marrying the romantic “English Rose” look with reliable garden performance, vigorous growth, full bushes, disease-resistance and prolific season-long bloom. English Roses can be grown in full sun to partial shade. Sites overhung by tree canopies should be avoided. These are roses with passports, thriving in gardens across the U.K., the U.S. and Canada and, indeed, in every rose growing country in the world.

U.S. and Canadian gardeners can order bare root English Roses via mail-order from, by calling 800-328-8893, or by writing to David Austin Roses Limited, 15059 State Highway 64 West, Tyler, Texas 75704. The U.S. and Canadian mail-order collection features more than 200 bare root roses, including 127 Austin-bred English Roses. All David Austin roses sold in North America are specially selected for North American growing conditions and climate zones. All are grown and shipped within North America.

Also available free upon request is David Austin’s award-winning catalog, the Handbook of Roses. With 120 pages of color illustrations, it's a must-have for rose lovers.

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