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The Lark Ascending

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

A tall, airy shrub with clusters of fragrant, semi-double blooms
Bears clusters of light apricot, semi-double, cupped blooms. The fragrance varies from tea to myrrh. Vigorous and exceptionally healthy with tall, airy growth.
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • Bred by David Austin
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Delivery information

Standard delivery in 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
  • Availability: Pre-order Now
  • Delivery: November 2015
  • Buy 3+ for £14.95 each

All Year Planting

Potted Rose
  • Availability: Order Now
  • Delivery: Order by 2pm Monday to receive by Tue 13 October
  • 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 Musk Hybrid
  • Colour Light apricot
  • Fragrance Strength Little Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Very
  • Height 5ft
  • Width 4ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2012
  • Appellation AUSURSULA
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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

A delightful rose that illustrates the great diversity that is now to be found among English Roses. The flowers are cupped in shape with about twenty petals in each bloom. They are medium in size and of a pleasing light apricot colouring, produced from the ground upwards in heads of up to fifteen, nicely spaced blooms. They have a light fragrance that has been observed to vary from one flower to another. Some of them are of tea scent while others move towards the scent of myrrh.

Growth Habit

‘The Lark Ascending’ is an exceptionally healthy and vigorous shrub. It is an excellent rose for a mixed border of hardy plants or shrubs, where its tall airy growth and flowers will associate well with plants of a similar nature.

Origins of the name

The name is taken from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ piece of music, which was recently voted Britain’s favourite by listeners to the BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs.

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.

  • Crown Princess Margareta

    Crown Princess Margareta

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
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  • Lady of Shalott

    Lady of Shalott

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Strawberry Hill

    Strawberry Hill

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Summer Song

    Summer Song

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose