I have always loved roses but now I have a new love: David Austin English roses. Mr. Austin began developing a new type of rose for the English garden in the early 1950s. His goal was to combine the look of vintage heirloom roses with the sustainability of modern hybrids. He not only succeeded in that goal he turned the style of what is considered a perfect rose into something more romantic and free flowing in it's growing habitat. These roses are perfect companions to the perennial garden in both shape and color. Most are pastel hued and have an unbelievable rose fragrance.
The heads of these roses are like peonies, with multiple layers of petals. They are actually very hardy in most climates but do require lots of sun as do all roses, at least 6 hours preferably 8.
What is interesting about English gardens is that they use roses differently than Americans. Many rose beds are actually hedges and are pruned as such. The tight compact "hedge" becomes a living bouquet.
I love the idea of the rose hedge and will be using it in our new rear garden area. I have ordered 4 varieties in 4 different colors which will be a total of 40 rose bushes all planted as 4 compact hedges.
There are many resources on the internet for these lovely plants and can be shipped bare root in January. David Austin is offering groups of 3 for around $60 dollars which is about a third of what you will pay in April when they arrive in pots.
I just love these and can't wait to get them into the ground when they arrive.
Have a "rosy" week kelley