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For 2016, David Austin Roses Introduces

Possibly The Best Rose We’ve Ever Bred
by Sally Ferguson
January 17, 2016

In Spring 2016, U.S. and Canadian gardeners get their chance to grow the charming soft pink English Rose that David Austin himself calls “possibly the best rose we’ve ever bred.”

‘Olivia Rose Austin’ is a landmark English Rose introduction,” said Michael Marriott, technical director and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses in Albrighton, England. “It’s achingly beautiful, fragrant and as close to disease-free as we’ve ever seen.”

Not only that, the new rose kicks off its extraordinarily long flowering season a full three weeks earlier than most other roses, early enough to overlap with the lilacs and wisteria, said Marriott. “All season, the blooms keep coming with full-blown flushes that follow in quick succession, hot on the heels of the one before,” he said.

Austin’s second 2016 introduction for North America is a rich yellow English Rose ‘The Poet’s Wife’, Austin’s first yellow introduction since ‘Charles Darwin’ in 2003. It’s a tough, reliable garden performer with excellent disease resistance and repeat-bloom.

“It was worth the wait for this glorious yellow rose,” said Marriott. “The flower and strong fruity fragrance are flawless. In fact, the fragrance is so delicious -- richly fruity with hints of peach and lemon rind -- that we’ve just added ‘The Poet’s Wife’ to our list of Most Fragrant English Roses,” said Marriott.

Austin’s third 2016 introduction is ‘The Lady of the Lake’, a blush pink, repeat-blooming rambler rose with a strong fresh citrus fragrance. It’s Austin’s fourth repeat-blooming rambler. Like its predecessors, it’s bred to be repeat flowering, fragrant and short (10-feet to 15-feet tall) – three revolutionary attributes that have completely changed the game in ramblers. Short ramblers are perfectly scaled to climbing trellises, walls, arches, fences, pergolas, obelisks and small trees. Highly fragrant short ramblers are very rare.

“Even though traditional rambler roses flower only once in a season people love the romantic look of masses of roses blooming in heavy sprays across high walls, buildings and trees,” said Marriott. “But tall ramblers can become huge sprawling monsters that envelope everything when planted in the wrong place. The appeal of short ramblers is that they bloom repeatedly while staying fairly compact and so are easy to keep under control.”

Order Early for Spring Delivery at Planting Time

David Austin’s English Roses are known for combining the classic flower forms and perfume of antique roses with the desirable color range, repeat-flowering and disease-resistance of modern roses. They can be grown in full sun or partial shade.

Austin roses are available in the U.S. and Canada by mail-order as bare root stock, with orders taken year-round by phone or online. As always, those choosing new introductions should order early, as should those in warmer areas. The roses are sold on a first-come basis. No matter how early an order is placed, all roses are shipped only at the right time for planting in the recipient’s area.

To order, visit, call 800-328-8893, or write to David Austin Roses Limited, 15059 State Highway 64 West, Tyler, Texas 75704. Today, the U.S. and Canadian mail-order collection features more than 200 bare root roses, including 134 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.

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