For gardeners who love the the large, fragrant blooms of old garden roses, but appreciate the repeat flowering of modern roses, the David Austin English rose may be a perfect blend of both types. These roses have been cross-bred to bring the feel of an English garden to the yard, while taking advantage of modern techniques which allow the bush to flower prolifically. Gardeners love the superb fragrance of David Austin roses, and find them very versatile additions to the garden. Some of these bushes can be easily trained as climbers, while others can be allowed to grow into their naturally magnificent shapes.
These roses are especially suitable for our Southern California climate. In fact, because they grow so well in warm climates, gardeners are often pleased with how large and quickly the bushes grow. David Austin roses are generally very hardy, so they’re easy for even novice gardeners to attempt. They produce blooms in a wide variety of colors, depending upon the variety selected.
There are many different varieties of David Austin roses, so care should be taken to choose one which matches the gardener’s intent for the bush. Some varieties are ideal for containers, making them perfect for patios, apartment balconies, and small garden spaces. Others which grow into very large bushes should, of course, be allowed more room. If the gardener hopes to use the bush as a climbing accent to a wall, fence, or trellis, special care should be taken to select a variety which is known for its climbing tendencies.
Even though David Austin roses are known for their hardiness, gardeners should still take the usual precautions when attempting to grow them. Knowledge of basic rose planting guidelines will come in handy, and gardeners should take the time to educate themselves on common rose problems such as aphids and mildew. With care and attention, David Austin roses make a splendid addition to any garden.