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  • Winners of 21 chelsea flower show gold medals
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Darcey Bussell

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

A compact shrub which flowers freely with excellent continuity
Beautiful, deep crimson rosettes with a delightful fruity fragrance. An exceptional variety which flowers freely and repeats well. Very healthy. Compact, bushy growth.
  • Repeat Flowering
  • Ideal for pots and containers
  • Ideal for hedging
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bred by David Austin
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Delivery information

Standard delivery 3-5 working days £5.95

Next or nominated working day £7.95

Saturday delivery £20.00

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We offer a 12 month guarantee

We aim to supply roses of the highest quality. However, with living plants problems occasionally arise. If any roses are damaged on receipt, or if they fail to grow in the first 12 months, we will replace them free of charge. For more details about our guarantee, please contact our customer service team on 01902 376300.

Buying options

Autumn-Spring Planting

Bare Root Rose
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  • Delivery: Within 3-5 working days
  • Buy 3+ for £14.95 each

All Year Planting

Potted Rose
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  • Delivery: Order by 2pm tomorrow to receive by Wed 02 December
  • Buy 3+ for £19.30 each
* The photograph above is an approximate representation of how your rose will arrive if ordered today

Rose characteristics

  • Rose Type English Rose - bred by David Austin
  • Growth Type Shrub Rose
  • Sub Type English Old Rose Hybrid
  • Colour Deep crimson
  • Fragrance Strength Some Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Good
  • Height 3.5ft
  • Width 2ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2006
  • Appellation AUSDECORUM
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Looking for help?

At David Austin Roses we’re committed to helping you through every stage of growing roses – from selecting the right variety to giving your rose the care it needs to thrive. If you’re ready to buy or need more help, talk to one of our friendly rose experts. 

Roses are easy to care for

  • Water until well established
  • Prune once in the winter
  • Feed twice, once in spring and once in summer

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we’ve been asked many times in the past. If your question isn’t covered visit our dedicated FAQ’s page or contact one of our helpful rose experts.

What is the difference between a climber and a rambler?

Climbers generally have large blooms on not too vigorous, rather stiff growth and most repeat flower. Ramblers are in general, much more vigorous. They will produce great quantities of small flowers, although most do not repeat flower. There are exceptions to both these rules: for instance Malvern Hills and Snow Goose are repeat-flowering ramblers whereas Cecile Brunner Climbing is a once flowering climber with small flowers.

Most climbers are best for walls, trellises, arches, obelisks whereas ramblers are generally better for growing into trees and covering pergolas or large structures such as garages or sheds.

What’s the difference between a potted and a bare root rose? Which is best?

When ordering from us you have the choice of buying our roses as bare roots or in pots. Neither option is superior, it is simply a matter of personal choice. Whichever option you choose, your roses are guaranteed to bloom next summer – and for many summers to come.

Please note: ramblers, once flowering Old Roses and species roses all flower on mature wood and therefore may not flower in the first year after planting.


Availability period: November – May

Bare root roses are dormant plants, dug up from the field and shipped without soil. They are the ideal choice if you’re purchasing a large number of roses, as they are very lightweight and are therefore easier to handle in the garden.


Availability period: All Year

Potted roses are the very same roses as bare root roses. After each rose is dug up from the field, it is planted into a 6 litre pot, with our specially formulated planting mix. They are ideal for adding instant colour to the garden during the summer months, as well as making thoughtful gifts throughout the year.

Which roses can I grow in shade?

Please click here to see a list of roses that are ideal for growing in shade.

Which are the most fragrant roses?

Please click here to see a list of our most fragrant roses.

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Detailed Description

Good red roses are never easy to breed, so we are particularly pleased to introduce ‘Darcey Bussell’, as we believe it is one of the best and most healthy red roses we have bred to date. 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 colour is a deep rich crimson that takes on a tinge of mauve just before the petals drop. It has a pleasing, fruity fragrance with hints of green.

Growth Habit

With its short, bushy growth, it is a superb choice for the front of the mixed border or will be an asset to the classic rose border. Its compact growth and ability to repeat flower very well make this a wonderful choice for bedding, as can be seen at The National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Ideal for growing on the patio, balcony or roof terrace in a decorative planter. It was our first fully double crimson rose to be released since the popular William Shakespeare 2000, and is perfect for gardeners who would prefer a more compact shrub.

Origins of the name

Darcey Bussell is the highly acclaimed ballerina. She was appointed principal at the Royal Ballet at the age of 20 and has danced in the title role of many ballets around the world. She has been honoured with many awards, including the OBE in 1995.


Winner of the Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub at the 2013 Biltmore International Rose Trials in North Carolina, USA.

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains.

From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

  • Boscobel


    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • England's Rose

    England's Rose

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Munstead Wood

    Munstead Wood

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Thomas à Becket

    Thomas à Becket

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose