New roses from David Austin for 2013
British rose breeder David Austin introduces six new English roses for 2013.
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A departure from most soft-colored English roses, this semi-double dazzler features rich apricot petals with a contrasting splash of yellow behind the stamens. It produces masses of flowers on strong stems and can be trained as a climberSkip to next paragraph
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Named after an 1839 painting by JMW Turner, this colorful English rose has won awards for fragrance and as a landscape rose. Its scent is described as “very fruity with a strong element of lemon zest.”
The medium-sized flowers of Queen Anne are a pretty rose pink with outer petals slightly paler than interior ones. The flowers are fragrant and stems are virtually thornless.
This is another must-have for me. The flowers of England's Rose are cerise pink with a spicy fragrance. It throws out large clusters of blooms from May through October or November. And best of all, it is weather resistant! Even with periods of heavy rain, the blooms will not ball, and petals drop cleanly. Yippee! No more soggy blossoms that look like dead mice!
One word of caution: I understand that the blooms may be small in areas that are quite hot.
So there you go. Six new roses to tempt us. My problem is I want them all, but sometimes it just isn't possible. Since my mountain garden is smaller than the old one in Maryland, I have to consider available space. And then there is that pesky pocketbook!
I've had several people ask me which one to choose if you can have only one. So I consulted the expert, Michael Marriott, technical manager for David Austin. He suggests Wollerton Old Hall for its fragrance, beauty, and vigor. In addition, it can be grown as a shrub or climber.
I actually need a climber by my front porch, which makes Wollerton a no-brainer for me.
Plus, every time I see it in bloom I'll be reminded of that splendid day in that splendid garden in England.
PSSST: I’ve ordered two Wollerton Old Hall bushes that will grow on either side of the climbing rose Night Owl. The combination of cream and purple should be a traffic-stopper.
Lynn Hunt, the Rose Whisperer, is one of more than a dozen expert gardeners who blog regularly at Diggin' It. She's an accredited horticultural judge and a Consulting Rosarian Emeritus for the American Rose Society. She has won dozens of awards for her writing in newspapers, magazines, and television. After a recent move, she grows roses and other plants in her garden in the mountains of western North Carolina.. To read more by Lynn here at the Monitor, click here.You can also follow her on Twitter and read her Dirt Diaries.