More Charm for Your Garden

This week I had the pleasure to chat with Michael Marriott, Senior Rosarian at David Austin Roses, on the Rose Chat Podcast. We chatted about the new releases and so much more including rose fragrance. Don’t miss hearing from one of the premier experts on roses, rose fragrance and companion plantings who is also one of the most charming men on the planet. Listen here…

A few months ago Michael and I chatted about companion plants and roses. You can listen in here…




David Austin’s ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ produces masses of single yellow flowers held in large, open sprays. It blooms freely, with repeat bloom from early summer till frost. The flower is simple, with 5 petals surrounding golden stamens. Each flower is about 2.5 inches across. The soft yellow color pales prettily over time. The fragrance is a light-medium musk with fresh notes of orange peel. If not deadheaded it will produce a fine crop of large, long lasting, orange-red hips. The bush grows to approximately 4 feet tall by 4 feet wide, depending on climate and pruning. The lilac-mauve companion plant is Phlox paniculata, which blooms July through September. Order info here.

Emily Brontë

David Austin’s ‘Emily Brontë’ is an exceptionally beautiful, repeat-flowering rose with distinctive flat blooms. The flowers are a soft pink color with a subtle apricot hue. Sized 3.5-inches across, each flower has approximately 100 petals. The smaller central petals are a deeper rich apricot and surround a button eye, which unfurls to reveal deep-set stamens. It is deliciously fragrant, opening with a Tea scent that, over time, becomes more Old Rose with hints of lemon and grapefruit. The bushy shrub grows to about 4 feet tall by 3.5 feet wide. Here, the white/magenta flowered companion plant is astrantia. Order info here.

Mill on the Floss

David Austin’s ‘The Mill on the Floss’ bears large clusters of deeply cupped blooms which open wide to reveal a small boss of stamens. At first, the flowers are a lovely mid pink, verging on lilac pink. As the flowers open further, the color pales, with individual petals beautifully defined by carmine-red edges. The dense flowers are nearly 3 inches across, with approximately 100 petals each. The flowers are held above the foliage, where they nod gracefully on gently arching growth. The medium-strong fragrance is sweet and fruity. It makes a bushy shrub, growing to about 4.5 feet tall by 4 feet wide in cooler climates and significantly taller in warmer ones. Plant in full sun or partial shade, with a minimum of four to five hours of good sun per day. Named for The Mill on the Floss, a novel by English writer George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans), published in 1860. Order info here.


So much more than a catalog. A work of art as well as a very helpful tool filled to the brim with tips on growing roses, companion planting and choosing the right roses for your growing zone.

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5 thoughts on “More Charm for Your Garden

  1. The roses and flowers are beautiful to look at, especially at this time of year. I am looking for a deep lavender rose for my garden. It needs to be at least somewhat resistant to black spot disease.

  2. I received the 2020 David Austin Handbook of Roses this week in the mail. Beautiful rose photos with a 15% coupon when ordering before April 03, 2020. Also, I have the Heirloom rose which is a lilac color, and it is fragrant. This color may work for Lavinia, and she can google Heirloom and see photos of it and info on it. We are still having fairly nice weather here in VA, and I now have the red Professor Sargent camellia in bloom along with the lovely pink Debutante camellia that still has a lot of blooms. We feed the songbirds year-round and have so many different birds at our feeders. There are the cardinals, mocking birds, wren, chickadees, titmouse, brown doves, yellow finches, woodpeckers, etc., and it is such a delight to see them along with my red camellia from my kitchen window. They love the suet! The cedar waxwings will probably show up when it does get really cold and eat my holly berries. This year my holly shrubs and trees are loaded with berries.

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