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Profiles of Six New David Austin Roses for Spring 2013
by Sally Ferguson
February 17, 2013

David Austin Roses is introducing six glorious new English Rose varieties for Spring 2013 for North American gardeners. All are available as bare root offerings from Orders are being taken now. Shipping will be timed for optimal spring planting.

Here are detailed profiles of the six new roses:

Wollerton Old Hall (Musk Hybrid)

‘Wollerton Old Hall’ is the most fragrant new variety and, indeed, one of the most fragrant of all English Roses. Its distinctive strong myrrh scent has a delicious citrus element. Plump buds, with attractive flashes of red, open to form beautiful chalice-shaped blooms of soft apricot, eventually paling to cream. It forms a particularly healthy and bushy shrub with few thorns. Position this rose where its fragrance can be appreciated. In areas where heat can be intense, position the bush out of afternoon sun. In warm areas, ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ can be expected to grow taller and may be better suited to use as a climber. Approximately 43 petals per flower. Grows to 5-ft tall x 3-ft wide or 8-ft as a climber. (David Austin 2011, Ausblanket). USDA Zones 5-9.

Naming notes: Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire, not far from the David Austin Nursery, has one of the most beautiful private gardens in the UK. The gardens are set around a 16th Century house and feature roses in creative plant combinations, including many of Austin’s English Roses. Wollerton Old Hall is open to the public on selected days throughout the summer.

Lady Salisbury (Old Rose Hybrid)

‘Lady Salisbury’ exhibits great Old Rose charm, with some of the character of the Alba Roses. Rich rose pink buds open to reveal pure pink flowers, which gradually become a softer shade as the flowers age. The blooms have an informal rosette shape. At first there is a button eye in the center but eventually a cluster of stamens is just visible in the middle. There is a light fragrance. ‘Lady Salisbury’ flowers with remarkable continuity from early summer on. The matte green leaves and bushy growth are very much in the style of the Old Roses. This rose, like many other English Roses, works wonderfully well when planted amongst the true Old Roses, having the very great advantage of a much longer flowering season. ‘Lady Salisbury’ would also be excellent in a mixed border with perennials. Approximately 70 petals per flower. Grows to 4-ft tall x 3-ft wide. (David Austin 2011, Auscezed). USDA zones 5-9.

Naming notes: Rosa ‘Lady Salisbury’ was named in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, UK, the home of Lady Salisbury. Robert Cecil, the first Earl of Salisbury, built the house in 1611. The gardens at Hatfield are very well known and loved, featuring a great many roses. The current Lady Salisbury is a passionate gardener and has planted the new rose in her West Garden.

Fighting Temeraire (Leander Hybrid)

‘Fighting Temeraire’ is a very different English Rose. The fully open flowers are very large at 4” to 5" across, each with only 12 petals. The flowers are a rich apricot color with an area of yellow behind the stamens which later pales to a soft yellow-apricot. The tips of the buds are red, as is the young foliage. Its rounded shrub is particularly healthy and vigorous and blooms abundantly. Its many stems produce a mass of flowers held in large heads. The fragrance is medium to strong, very fruity with a strong element of lemon zest. This is a very good choice for a mixed border, where the rich color will create a focal point. In warmer areas, ‘Fighting Temeraire’ is expected to grow taller and so be more suited to growing as a climber. Awarded first prize for both fragrance and landscaping at the Barcelona Trials 2012. Approximately 12 petals per flower. Grows to 5-ft tall x 4-ft wide or up to 8-ft as a climber (David Austin 2011, Austrava). USDA zones 5-9.

Naming notes: ‘Fighting Temeraire’ is a painting from 1839 by the famous landscape painter, watercolorist and printmaker, JMW Turner. This rose was named for the Turner Contemporary Gallery on Margate’s seafront in Kent, UK.

England’s Rose (Old Rose Hybrid)

‘England’s Rose’ is a particularly tough and reliable variety. Deep glowing pink flowers are held in large clusters, the outer petals eventually reflexing back to reveal an attractive button eye. The medium-sized blooms are produced almost continuously from early summer right through to the first frosts. This is a healthy, particularly rain-resistant rose. It will form an attractive, bushy shrub, ideal for a rose border or for mixing with perennials. The bush is expected to stay compact even in warmer areas. Its strong scent is a particularly fine Old Rose fragrance with a warm and spicy character. Approximately 42 petals per flower. Grows to 4-ft tall x 3-ft wide. (David Austin 2010, Auslounge). USDA zones 5-9.

The Lady’s Blush (Alba Hybrid)

‘The Lady’s Blush’ is a charming semi-double variety with delicate natural beauty. The flowers start as elegant pointed buds and develop into rounded cups in pure soft pink with a creamy white eye and often a white stripe. As with all semi-double roses, the central group of stamens is a very important feature. The stamens of ‘The Lady’s Blush’ are a beautiful soft yellow color with highlights of golden-yellow pollen. Where the stamens join the rose center, they have a prominent red ring. The overall impression is of freshness and grace. A strong healthy variety, it will grow into an attractive rounded bushy plant. The bush is expected to stay compact even in warmer areas. Approximately 16 petals per flower. Grows to 4-ft tall x 3-ft wide. (David Austin 2010, Ausoscar). USDA zones 5-9.

Naming notes: Named for the 125th anniversary of The Lady magazine, which is the oldest British weekly magazine for women.

Queen Anne (Old Rose Hybrid)

‘Queen Anne’ is a rose of classic Old Rose beauty, but rather more in the direction of the Centifolias or Bourbons. The medium-sized flowers are pure rose pink, the outer petals only slightly paler than the central ones. In habit, ‘Queen Anne’ is quite upright and bushy, with few thorns. It could be used very effectively in beds where more formal roses are required. It will also look equally at home in more informal surroundings, whether planted with other roses or mixed in with perennials. ‘Queen Anne’ has a lovely fragrance laced with hints of pear drop that evolves to a most attractive, full-bodied Old Rose scent. Approximately 45 petals per flower. Grows to 3 ½- ft tall x 3-ft wide (David Austin 2011, Austruck). USDA zones 5-9.

Naming notes: The ‘Queen Anne’ rose was named to celebrate the tercentenary of Ascot Racecourse in the UK. The world’s most famous racecourse, it was founded by Queen Anne in 1711.

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