English Roses
Roses Bred by Austin
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David Austin set out in 1959 to reclaim the charm of old roses: their shrubby growth, strong fragrance, old rose form, and disease resistance. It was not until about 1984 when he introduced Graham Thomas, Heritage, Abraham Darby, and a handful of other good roses that the general public began seeing things his way. Since then there has been a groundswell of interest in roses with precisely the qualities Austin prizes in his roses.

I have grown Graham Thomas and cannot imagine growing roses without it in my garden. I grow Eglantyne which is as disease free as Austin claims but somehow seems too stiffly upright for my taste. Sophy's rose is the only rose in my own garden to reliably bloom once in spring and then again in fall. That would be great except I'm not certain I like the color. It's a crimson that blues very quickly. Mary Webb produces lovely pale primrose roses on a disease free plant, but it is the very opposite of rampant. With five hours of sunlight a day it produces a single lovely primrose flower each year. Tamora is a little slow going also, but very lovely when a bush produces its annual blossom. Abe Darby, once established , can get really big, but it is shy with its blossoms. My favorite smell of all the roses in the world is that of Ambridge Rose, which can be tricky to establish, but quite durable once established. If I ever garden in good soil, it will be the first rose I plant. Graham Thomas and Golden Celebration are plagued to varying degrees by disease.

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Cultivar Class Color FragranceBreeder Hardiness
English Rose
Pale Apricot
Strong
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Shell Pink
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Shell Pink
Moderate
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Vermilion
Strong
Austin
English Rose
Candy Pink
Strong
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Yellow
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Candy Pink
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Buff
Moderate
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Candy Pink
Strong
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Candy Pink
Slight
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Shell Pink
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Apricot
Moderate
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Yellow
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Lilac
Strong
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Primrose
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Pale Pink
Powerful
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Pale Pink
Moderate
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Pink
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Buff
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
Modern Shrub
Pink
None
Austin
Zone 5
English Roses
White
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Pale Pink
Moderate
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Apricot
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Pale Pink
Powerful
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Shell Pink
Strong
Austin
English Rose
Buff
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Pale Apricot
Powerful
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
White
Strong
Austin
Zone 5
English Rose
Crimson
Moderate
Austin
Zone 4
English Rose
Pink
Powerful
Austin
Zone 4
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