David Austin Enchantment Continues

I am putting in another David Austin bed this year. I know. I know. This is not a big surprise, but aren’t you just a little curious about which ones I chose to plant in the new bed? There are hundreds of beauties to choose from and they’re all beautiful.


What David Austin Says:
Boscobel’ bears beautifully formed flowers of rich salmon colouring. They commence as red buds which open at first to pretty cups, gradually developing into perfectly formed blooms of classic rosette formation. The numerous small petals are of varying shades, mingling to provide a most pleasing effect.

Why I Chose: Michael Marriott of David Austin said it was amazing. He has never steered me wrong. Rose Chat interview with Michael … here.

Golden Celebrations
Golden Celebrations

What David Austin Says: This is one of the largest-flowered and most magnificent of our English Roses. Its color is rich golden yellow and the flowers are in the form of a giant, full-petalled cup. It has excellent shapely growth, forming a nicely rounded, slightly arching shrub with ample foliage. It is very reliable and easy to grow. An ideal rose to mark any celebration or important event.

Why I Chose: I have succumbed once again to rose envy. All the pictures on Facebook and Twitter made this decision for me.

The Generouos Gardener

The Generous Gardener

What David Austin Says: A rose of delicate charm – its flowers being beautifully formed; their color a soft glowing pink at the center, shading to palest pink on the outer petals. When the petals open they expose numerous stamens, providing an almost water lily-like effect. It has strong, elegantly arching growth with polished dark green foliage. This rose would produce a wonderful effect towards the back of the border. It will also make an excellent climber.

Why: It was a wonderful Christmas gift!

The Ingeniouso Mr. Fairchild

The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild

What David Austin Says: The flowers are in the form of deep cups filled with crisp, upstanding petals – similar to those of peonies. The colour on the inside of the petals is a deep pink touched with lilac; the outside is of a paler shade. Looking at the bloom in more detail, one can see that the edges are an even deeper pink, giving a most delightful fringed effect – particularly in the earlier stages.

The growth is ideal with spreading, arching branches building up into a well-rounded, mounding shrub; its flowers nicely poised on its branches. It is very healthy and harmonises beautifully with other plants and perennials in a mixed border.

Why: This is another wonderful Christmas gift. Someone loves me.

Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell

What David Austin says: Its beautiful flowers are produced freely and with excellent continuity. When young, their outer petals form a perfect ring around an inner cup; gradually opening out to form a perfect rosette. The color is a deep rich crimson that takes on a tinge of mauve just before the petals drop.

Why I Chose: Big winner at the Biltmore Trial. And, did you notice the color?? Basically, I just couldn’t live without it. 🙂

Do you grow David Austin roses? Have a favorite?

Here is a favorite David Austin from last summer…


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David Austin Gardens
To see a video of the beautiful David Austin gardens read on.

6 thoughts on “David Austin Enchantment Continues

  1. garden lovers beware, gardening can be a never ending bussule of adjustments, put this bed here, take this plant out put this one in, lol I have spent the winter thinking about it myself, took photos of my yard and house at different angles and drawing in ideas I have to see how they might look. plan on a rose bed myself, my roses are sprawled out and want to put them in one location except my rugosas and semi wild roses. I have four minis, a red small climber a new dawn I bought last year and a fairy rose I plan on moving to it. I thought about a stepping pattern for it putting the minis on the lower teir and the bigger roses on the top. anyway nice to hear from you, winter can really suck, the cold froze our pipes three times already and it was so cold in the back room it caused the water pump to shut off, now that we insulated it this weekend it won’t be a problem anymore.

    1. I do the same thing–taking pictures from different angles to help in my planning and designing! I think you are on to a great idea with moving your roses closer together! Gives them a greater impact for sure. Stay warm. Spring IS coming. Right???

  2. Some lovely DA’s! Boscobel is one I am contemplating, so I was interested to hear your views. They are just fantastic, and already coming out of dormancy here in the uk. I was lucky enough to visit the DA garden last June when the roses were at their pinnacle. It was truly inspirational … but extremely expensive with so many tempting varieties available!!

    1. Oh I am jealous!!! Seriously, so glad you got to visit. I’m sure it was amazing. We are having a horribly cold winter so I am a bit fearful of what the spring will be like. I have my fingers crossed! Enjoy your spring!

  3. Oh, your Charlotte is lovely! I grew this rose about ten years ago, but it never did as well. Golden Celebration, on the other hand, bloomed prolifically even in its first year. Boscobel is a beauty indeed. Reminds me slightly of Abraham Darby (which rusts like mad here in my climate).

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