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Delightful Austin English Roses To Savor
by Sally Ferguson
May 31, 2020

For Spring 2020, U.S. and Canadian gardeners have three delightful new David Austin English Roses to grow and savor. All are soft-hued with distinctive looks and fragrance. 'Emily Brontë' features a two-tone flower in soft pink and apricot. 'Tottering-by-Gently' has simple pale yellow flowers with a wildflower look. Deeply-cupped 'The Mill on the Floss' has densely packed pink petals that are picotee-edged in carmine-red. “These delicate-looking beauties are exceptionally strong shrub roses that bloom their hearts out, early summer till frost,” says Michael Marriott, technical director and senior rosarian of David Austin Roses Ltd in Albrighton, England.

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

'Emily Brontë' adds a two-tone splash of soft color to the garden. Its dense petals are blush pink with a shimmer of palest apricot. Towards the center, the apricot color darkens, adding visual depth and charm. Its fragrance is heady and unusual. "In scent, 'Emily Brontë' delivers an unexpected plot twist," says Marriott. "The flowers open with a fine Tea fragrance. In mid-bloom, the Tea wanes and Old Rose comes on strong, followed by teasing hints of lemon and grapefruit. In the garden, the effect is magical." According to Marriott, a rose fragrance that transitions from Tea to Old Rose is completely unexpected. Usually, Tea transitions to Fruity.

Also new for Spring 2020 are English Roses 'Tottering-by-Gently' and 'The Mill on the Floss'. 'Tottering-by-Gently' produces masses of single yellow flowers held in large, open sprays. The flower form is simple, with five petals surrounding prominent golden stamens which appeal to pollinators and beneficial insects, says Marriott. The fragrance is a light-medium musk with fresh notes of orange peel. Gardeners also will appreciate its generous crop of large rose hips.

'The Mill on the Floss' is a tall, full-bodied garden rose that bears large clusters of deeply cupped blooms. At first the flowers are mid-pink with a lilac-pink cast. As they open further, the pink pales and a carmine-red outline appears along the edges of individual petals, an unusual picotee effect in English Roses.

A total of 117 Austin-bred English Rose varieties are now available to North American gardeners as grafted bare root stock by mail-order or online purchase from davidaustinroses.com. Additionally, Austin offers 31 varieties on their own roots sold bare root, and 26 varieties on their own roots sold in 2-quart pots, leafed out and actively growing. Austin's 2-quart pots provide a planting option for late spring or early fall when conditions are too warm to establish bare root material. Note: 2-quart pots are available in the U.S. only, as pots with soil cannot be shipped across the border.

Starting in Spring 2021, the three new varieties also become available in 2-gallon nursery pots at fine garden centers across the U.S. and Canada where David Austin roses are sold.

Orders Shipped at Correct Planting Times

While orders are taken year-round, they are shipped only at the proper time for planting in a recipient's area. Bare root roses are shipped from January (to the warmest areas) through mid-May (to the coldest areas). Two-quart pots are shipped (U.S. only) in April/May or September/October. New introductions typically sell out early. All roses sold in North America are grown and shipped within North America.

To order, visit davidaustinroses.com

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