David Austin roses in a mixed herbaceous border
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

Best David Austin Roses

Best roses for shade, scent, flowering, the coast and disease resistance

Top 5 roses for shade

Gertrude Jekyll – shrub, mid-pink, repeat flowerer, fantastic fragrance, height 122cm (4’), width 122cm (4’), BBC Gardener’s World viewers favourite rose

David Austin rose Gertrude Jekyll

Claire Austin – climber, white, repeat flowerer, strong fragrance, good disease resistance, height 3.65m (12’), width 152cm (5’)

David Austin rose Claire Austin
Lady of Shalott – shrub, apricot, repeat flowerer, not strong fragrance, good disease resistance, height 152cm (5’), width 122cm (4’)

David Austin rose Lady of Shalott
Princess Alexandra of Kent – shrub, mid-pink, repeat flowerer, strong scent, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Princess Alexandra of Kent
The Generous Gardener – climber, pale pink, repeat flowerer, strong scent, good disease resistance, height 4.57m (15’), width 152cm (5’)

David Austin rose The Generous Gardener

Top 5 fragrant roses

Lady Emma Hamilton – shrub, pinky/peach, repeat flowerer, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Lady Emma Hamilton
Golden Celebration – shrub, deep gold, repeat flowerer, height 122cm (4’), width 122cm (4’)

David Austin rose Golden Celebration
Harlow Carr – shrub, mid-pink, repeat flowerer, good disease resistance, height 122cm (4’), width 122cm (4’)

David Austin rose Harlow Carr
Gertrude Jekyll – shrub, mid-pink, repeat flowerer, height 122cm (4’), width 122cm (4’), BBC Gardener’s World viewers favourite rose
Gentle Hermione – shrub, very pale pink, repeat flowerer, good disease resistance, height 152cm (5’), width 122cm (4’)

David Austin rose Gentle Hermione

Top 5 repeat-flowerers

Boscobel – shrub, very pale creamy peach, strong fragrance, good disease resistance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Boscobel
Roald Dahl – shrub, gold-peach, strong fragrance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Roald Dahl

Susan Williams-Ellis – shrub, white, strong old rose scent, height 122cm (4’), 92cm width (3’)

David Austin rose Susan Williams Ellis

The Poet’s Wife – shrub, golden yellow, strong fragrance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose The Poet's Wife
Olivia Rose Austin – shrub, mid-pink, strong fragrance, good disease resistance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Olivia Rose Austin

Top 5 roses for the coast

Thomas A Becket – shrub, deep carmine, repeat flowerer, old rose fragrance, good disease resistance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Thomas a Becket
Teasing Georgia – shrub/climber, rich yellow, repeat flowerer, strong fragrance, good disease resistance, height 1.52/3.65m (5’/12’), width 122cm (4’)

David Austin rose Teasing Georgia
The Alnwick Rose – shrub, pinky/peach, repeat flowerer, highly fragrant, good disease resistance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose The Alnwick Rose
Scepter’d Isle – shrub, pale pink, repeat flowerer, strong scent, good disease resistance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Scepter'd Isle
Claire Austin – climber, white, repeat flowerer, highly fragrant, good disease resistance, height 3.65m (12’), width 1.52m (5’)

Top 5 disease resistance roses

Geoff Hamilton – shrub, mid-pink, repeat flowerer, slight fragrance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Geoff Hamilton
Lady of Shalott – shrub, apricot, repeat flowerer, not strong fragrance, height 1.52m (5’), width (4’)
Harlow Carr – shrub, mid-pink, repeat flowerer, exceptional scent, height 122cm (4’), width 122cm (4’)
Lichfield Angel – shrub, lemony/white, repeat flowerer, very little fragrance, height 122cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose Lichfield Angel
The Lady Gardener – shrub, apricot, repeat flowerer, strong scent, height 92cm (4’), width 92cm (3’)

David Austin rose The Lady Gardener

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