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Six New David Austin English Roses
by Sally Ferguson
October 21, 2012

Spring 2013 promises to be “Rose Heaven” for fans of David Austin Roses. The famous Shropshire, England rose breeder is introducing six exquisite new English Rose varieties to North America. The six varieties – deliciously fragrant and robust, season-long repeat bloomers -- are available by mail order from

The six new English Roses are: ‘Wollerton Old Hall’, a beautiful chalice-shaped, creamy-apricot colored rose considered to be one of the most fragrant English Roses of all time with a delicious strong myrrh scent with elements of citrus; ‘Lady Salisbury’, a plump, multi-petalled pure pink rose with great Old Rose charm; ‘Fighting Temeraire’, an abundantly-blooming, rich apricot rose with an award-winning fruity fragrance with notes of lemon zest; ‘England’s Rose’, a particularly tough and reliable variety with glowing pink flowers and a strong Old Rose fragrance with a warm spicy character; ‘Queen Anne’ with pure rose-pink flowers, few thorns and an appealing full-bodied Old Rose fragrance; ‘The Lady’s Blush’ a lightly-scented, semi-double, soft pink rose with lovely open flowers exhibiting unusual grace and freshness.

David Austin’s English Roses are known for combining the romantic flower forms and perfume of Old Roses with the broad color range and repeat-flowering of modern roses. As a rose breeder, David Austin’s achievement is in marrying this lovely “English Rose” look with tough-as-nails garden performance, vigorous growth, full bushes, disease resistance and prolific season-long bloom. English Roses are suited to growing in full sun or partial shade provided the site is not overhung by tree canopies. Gardeners who long to recreate the English cottage garden style in their yard can rest assured that these are roses with passports. They are not only grown in England, but are truly world travelers, found throughout the U.S. and Canada and, indeed, in every rose growing country in the world.

Orders Being Taken Now?

Orders are being taken now. As new introductions tend to sell out early on a first-come basis, David Austin is encouraging rose lovers to order as soon as possible. Regardless of when ordered, all roses will be shipped at the correct time for planting in the recipients’ areas. U.S. and Canadian gardeners will find the six new David Austin varieties available 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 2013," a must-have for rose lovers, with 120 pages of color illustrations.

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