David Austin’s 2016 Handbook of Roses

Largest Selection of English Roses
by Sally Ferguson
January 12, 2016

It’s the time of year to stop and smell the roses, at least in the imagination. For David Austin’s 2016 Handbook of Roses is filled with roses so lifelike their perfume seems to waft off every page. At 112 pages, this makes for a heady experience. The annual book-bound treat is available free upon request from

"The Handbook of Roses is, of course, a catalog and a very complete one,” said Michael Marriott, technical director and senior rosarian for the Shropshire, England-based rose hybridizing firm. “Each year, our new handbook presents the largest collection of English Roses available in North America. Besides the in-depth rose profiles and color photography, there are lists of which varieties are best suited to different growing conditions and sites, plus useful advice on rose gardening and landscaping with roses.”

U.S. and Canadian gardeners consider the handbook a valued resource regardless of whether they choose to purchase from the Austin website, by mail-order or from a local garden center.

Austin’s collection of 134 English Roses includes shrub roses, climbers and tree roses. English Roses are known worldwide for their charm, exquisite flower form, repeat-flowering and heady perfume. All are available as bare-root stock (50 varieties are also offered “own root”). Many varieties are also available in nursery pots.

In addition to English Roses, a sampling of non-Austin varieties selected by David C.H. Austin is offered, including modern shrub roses, climbers and antique roses. Of special interest to English Rose lovers -- and brides -- is the photo gallery of David Austin’s expanded luxury cut rose collection, now offering 12 romantic colors. These are bred specifically for the vase and available year-round by order through florists.

Order Bare Root Roses Early, For Delivery at Planting Time

Gardeners are encouraged to order roses early, as new varieties and popular choices sell out quickly. David Austin Roses accepts orders year round, but only ships in spring, at the right time to plant in the recipient’s area. In North America, roses are shipped January through mid-May. Bare root roses are dormant live plants. The roses are shipped without soil, packed in special material that keeps the roots moist and healthy and ready for planting.

To receive the 2016 Handbook of Roses by mail, visit, email, call 800-328-8893, or write to David Austin Roses Ltd, 15059 State Highway 64 West, Tyler, Texas 75704.

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