It has been half a century since David Austin introduced Shropshire Lass in 1968. An unusual cross between an Alba rose and a Hybrid Tea; it is a very important rose within our collection as not only was it one of the first climbing roses he bred, it is also the rose that all our English Alba Hybrids descend from.
It remains to this day one of our tallest climbers and has lovely large, single, blush white flowers which gradually fade to white, each one with a prominent bunch of stamens. A simple and elegant rose, with a delicious myrrh fragrance, it flowers only once, producing a magnificent display in early summer and bearing many orange-red hips in autumn.
At a glance...
Colour: Blush white
Fragrance: Medium-strong, myrrh
Size: Up to 15ft (4.5m)
Breeder: David Austin, 1968
Family: English Alba Hybrid
Named after Mr. Austin’s beloved Shropshire, home to David Austin Roses. We recommend growing it up the side of a building or wall along with a late flowering clematis to extend the season of colour in your garden.
Large, single flowers in early summer, followed by hips
By following these simple steps, you will ensure your bare root climbing rose gets off to the best possible start.
The instructions in this article cover the pruning of English Climbing Roses , as well as other repeat flowering climbing roses.
First bred by David Austin over 30 years ago, this rose was named after the influential garden designer and horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.