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David Austin Roses Offers Canadians

Own-Root Roses by Mail Order
by Sally Ferguson
March 13, 2011

This spring, for the first time, David Austin Roses has made its full collection of North American-grown bare root roses available to Canadian gardeners via mail order. In another first, Austin has introduced a collection of own-root roses, available bare root to both U.S. and Canadian gardeners

The company, famed for its fragrant English Garden Roses, will continue to offer most of its roses as budded or grafted plants, which remains the desirable option for most gardeners. But under certain growing conditions, especially in colder climates, some gardeners prefer roses grown on their own roots. To meet that demand, David Austin Roses is offering a collection of ten of its most popular and best performing roses as own-root roses.

Initial supply is limited. For those ordering own-root roses from David Austin's catalog or online sales at, it is important to order early and to specify "own root" as the 10 varieties are also offered as grafted bare root roses. All David Austin rose orders will be shipped to Canadian gardeners in April.

The 10 varieties being offered as own-root plants for spring 2011 are: Rosa 'Carding Mill' (hardy in Canadian zones 6-8); 'Crocus Rose' (zones 5-8); 'Crown Princess Margareta (zones 5-8); 'Darcey Bussell' (zones 6-8); 'Gentle Hermione' (zones 6-8); 'Golden Celebration' (zones 5-8); 'Lichfield Angel' (zones 6-8); 'Strawberry Hill' (zones 6-8); 'Teasing Georgia' (zones 5-8); and 'William Shakespeare 2000' (zones 6-8).

All David Austin roses sold in North America are specially selected for North American growing conditions and climate zones and trialed, grown and shipped within North America.

Most rose houses, including David Austin Roses, typically offer their rose offerings grafted onto the rootstock of tough-as-nails Rosa 'Dr. Huey" to provide consistency of garden strength. Occasionally a particularly harsh winter can cut back the desirable grafted rose bush, leaving its 'Dr. Huey' rootstock to send up shoots. With own-root roses, of course, the rootstock belongs to the desired rose.

David Austin's own-root roses are of similar size and quality to their budded or grafted roses and their planting and care requirements are the same. They are large, healthy plants that should establish quickly and flourish in the garden.

David Austin's award-winning catalog, The Handbook of Roses, is a rose lovers' delight, available at no charge. To order, visit, call 1-903-526-1800 or write to David Austin Roses Limited, 15059 State Highway 64 West, Tyler, Texas 75704.

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