Visions of Beauty:
The Romantic Quest of David Austin Roses

David Austin Roses

“In David Austin’s English Roses,” he explains, “the mix will include, variously, Old Rose, Tea, Musk, Myrrh or Fruit. Other oils add important subtle nuances that give different roses distinctive, evocative notes of cucumber, lemon, blackberry, honey, cedar wood, and more.”

David Austin Roses

Beyond simply meeting the strict criteria for the program, new introductions must have that extra something special. While the focus is on producing roses with exceptional fragrance, romantic color, healthy foliage, disease resistance, excellent health, and repeat-blooming attributes, flowers must also be significantly beautiful and have an English rose charm, along with something Michael refers to as “the magic.”

4 COMMENTS

  1. This current issue is jam-packed with wonderful articles – especially this one which centers around David Austin’s roses!

    I have never had much success with roses and after seeing this article, I have decided to give it another try. As I love all flowers in the orange-peach colouration, I fell in love with his “Lady Of Shalott” variety shown in this issue’s article. Perhaps by coincidence, I was just watching a DVD of Miss Marple’s “The Mirror Crack’d From Side To Side” where the Tennyson character of the Lady of Shalott is mentioned..

    Needless to say, I saw this as a sign and will buy a few of this variety and hope that they will flourish here at my home!

    Thank you Victoria for publishing this wonderful article as I am so motivated now to try my hand at growing roses again! I also just purchased 2 of David’s books on Amazon.com about his lovely flowers!

    God bless !

    Brandon Hartford
    Te Deum Cottage

  2. I used to work for Heirloom Roses in St. Paul, Oregon. It was a marvelous treat when David Austin visited to see all his own root, virus free Roses grown and sold there. He reminded us that so many feel Roses are problem plants and are hard to grow. They are really easy!

    The best things you can do are 1) dig a deep enough hole (as they like to stretch out their roots). 2) Water them with a good, deep soak a few times a week, instead of a little every day. 3) Don’t get their leaves wet (this encourages disease), and be careful not to burn their roots with too strong a fertilizer.

    David Austin was so kind, gracious and funny. His Roses are very easy to grow. I’m no longer afraid of Roses and find them to be an easy going, happy flower that loves to grow, drama free. I find miniature Roses to be the difficult ones. But one can always rely on a great David Austin Rose for easy care and a Beautiful, fragrant plant.

  3. I love david austin Rose’s, I wish I could afford to buy every single one,David Austin was the best, I admire his work

  4. Thank you Marie Carter ! I am fairly new to rose growing and having a bit of marvelous success with DAvid Austin’s Desdemona. You give me hope to go on and try more. I will follow your advice.

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