David Austin's Roses: Heavenly fragrance, and many are thornless!

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David Austin's Roses

By porkpal
February 5, 2014

Although the rose societies group his roses with the shrubs, David Austin actually created an entirely new class of roses, which he named English Roses. He crossed old garden roses with modern cultivars to combine what he regarded as the best qualities of both. He wanted to combine the graceful form, charm, and fragrance of the old roses with the disease resistance, repeat bloom, and colors of the modern hybrid teas.

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Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Feb 5, 2014 10:13 AM CST
Porkpal, thanks for posting such a variety of photos of Austin roses! His pastels gain the most attention, but he has some lovely deep reds, oranges and white roses too. Hurray!
The current catalog has quite a few that are thornless or nearly so. Most of his roses have wonderful perfume, unlike many of the other new introductions. I don't spray my Austins, and they have very very little blackspot.
I agree with you that "shrub" fails to capture the beauty, scent and uniqueness of the Austin roses. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Feb 5, 2014 11:54 AM CST
I had fun researching Austin and his roses; what a remarkable man!
Porkpal

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hazelnut
Feb 5, 2014 1:58 PM CST
Thanks for the article. My favorite is Pat Austin.
Name: Meridie Fricker
50km south of Canberra, Austra
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meridiefri
May 29, 2014 5:23 AM CST
I love the David Austin Roses.... it's difficult to know how big they will grow though, as some vigorous ones can grow to double height and/or width in South Australia, where they thrive on the warm dry climate.
Meridie
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 31, 2014 10:54 AM CST
Very true!
Porkpal

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