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We know from experience that all of the roses listed here are amongst the very best. They all combine exceptional beauty with outstanding health and reliability. Many of these varieties also boast delicious fragrances. However, we do wish to emphasise that choosing a rose is very much down to personal taste and all of the roses featured on our website are worthy of a place in the garden.

   

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  1. Eustacia Vye

    Eustacia Vye

    English Shrub Rose
    An exceedingly pretty rose of soft, glowing apricot-pink, each bloom packed with numerous delicately ruffled petals. Held on red-tinged stems, the blooms begin as shallow cups, opening to full rosettes, revealing petals of a richer hue, which gradually pale over time. They have a delicious strong fruity fragrance. A very healthy variety; it makes a strong, vigorous shrub with bushy, upright growth. Named after the flawed heroine of Thomas Hardy’s, The Return of the Native. David Austin, 2019.
    £21.50 - £28.00
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  2. Gabriel Oak

    Gabriel Oak

    English Shrub Rose
    A magnificent variety, bearing large, many petalled rosette blooms. They are a striking shade of deep pink, the outer petals of each bloom paling slightly over time. The beauty of the blooms is enhanced by a wonderful, strong fruity fragrance. A vigorous rose; it forms a very shapely, broad, rounded shrub with mulberry purple stems and dark green foliage, giving the overall impression of richness and abundance. Named after the beloved character in Thomas Hardy’s novel, Far from the Madding Crowd. David Austin, 2019.
    £21.50 - £28.00
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  1. Emily Brontë

    Emily Brontë

    English Shrub Rose
    An exceptionally beautiful rose with distinctive neat, flat blooms. Each bloom is a lovely soft pink, the smaller central petals deepening to rich apricot and surrounding deep-set stamens. The strong Tea scent becomes more Old Rose, with delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit. It forms a bushy shrub with strong, healthy, upright growth. Named for the Brontë Society to celebrate the bicentenary of the novelist’s birth. David Austin 2018
    £19.50 - £26.00
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  2. Olivia Rose Austin

    Olivia Rose Austin

    English Shrub Rose
    Pretty buds open to beautiful, cupped rosettes of an even, mid pink colouring. They have a light to medium fruity fragrance. It commences flowering exceptionally early in the season and flowers in flushes until well into the autumn. It forms a very healthy, well-balanced shrub with dark green foliage, which shows off the flowers to the very best effect. Named after the daughter of David Austin Junior and granddaughter of David Austin Senior. David Austin, 2014.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Harlow Carr

    Harlow Carr

    English Shrub Rose
    Bears flowers of the most perfect formation – shallow cups of the purest mid pink. They flower very freely from early summer until well into the autumn and have a strong, pure Old Rose fragrance. It has an excellent bushy habit with upright, vigorous growth. Maturing into an attractively rounded shrub; it flowers almost to the ground. Named after the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden in Yorkshire, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the society’s formation. David Austin, 2004.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Princess Anne

    Princess Anne

    English Shrub Rose
    The young flowers are deep pink, almost red, fading to pure rich pink. The rather narrow petals are unusually substantial, with a hint of yellow on their undersides. Held in large, fragrant clusters, they are produced with remarkable freedom. A particularly healthy variety; it forms a bushy, upright shrub with thick, succulent, highly polished foliage. Named for Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal.. David Austin, 2010.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl

    English Shrub Rose
    Soft orange-red buds open to medium-sized, cupped rosettes of perfect apricot colouring. They are extremely robust and have a lovely fruity Tea scent. Very healthy; it matures into an attractive, rounded, bushy shrub with few thorns. Named to mark the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth, with the approval of his wife, Liccy Dahl – the colouring reminiscent of the eponymous peach in James and the Giant Peach. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. David Austin, 2016.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Kew Gardens

    Kew Gardens

    English Shrub Rose
    Small, single flowers held in very large heads, rather like a hydrangea, produced almost continuously from early summer into autumn. Soft apricot buds open to pure white, with a hint of soft lemon behind the stamens. It is extremely healthy and almost thornless. The growth is bushy and rather upright. David Austin, 2009.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl

    English Standard Tree Rose
    Soft orange-red buds open to medium-sized, cupped rosettes of perfect apricot colouring. They are produced almost continuously, are extremely robust and have a lovely medium strength Tea fragrance with leafy elements and dark fruit notes. Very healthy; it forms an attractive, rounded, bushy head of growth with mid green foliage and few thorns. £5.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. David Austin, 2016.
    £40.00 - £59.95
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  2. Gertrude Jekyll

    Gertrude Jekyll

    English Shrub Rose
    Always one of the first English Roses to start flowering, its perfect scrolled buds open to large, rosette-shaped flowers of bright glowing pink. The beautiful, perfectly balanced Old Rose scent is often described as being the quintessential Old Rose fragrance. A vigorous rose; it will form a medium-sized, upright shrub. Named for the famous garden designer and author. David Austin, 1986.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Lady of Shalott

    Lady of Shalott

    English Shrub Rose
    Rich orange-red buds open to chalice-shaped blooms, filled with loosely arranged, orange petals. The surrounding outer petals are salmon-pink with beautifully contrasting golden-yellow undersides. There is a pleasant, warm Tea fragrance, with hints of spiced apple and cloves. It quickly forms a bushy shrub with slightly arching stems and mid-green leaves, which have attractive, slightly bronzed tones when young. The name is taken from one of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poems to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth. David Austin, 2009.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. The Lark Ascending

    The Lark Ascending

    English Shrub Rose
    Graceful semi-double flowers, of a pleasing apricot, are produced from the ground upwards, and are held in large heads of up to fifteen, nicely spaced blooms. They have a beautiful open-cup shape, loosely filled with about twenty petals, arranged around a cluster of golden stamens. It forms an extremely healthy shrub with tall, airy growth. Named after the much-loved piece of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. David Austin, 2012.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Desdemona

    Desdemona

    English Shrub Rose
    Peachy pink buds open to beautiful, white, chalice-shaped blooms, with a pinkish hue. The incurved petals create an arresting interplay of light and shadow. The strong Old Rose fragrance has hints of almond blossom, cucumber and lemon zest. It forms a most attractive neat, rounded, bushy shrub. Named after the tragic heroine of Shakespeare’s Othello.. David Austin, 2015.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Susan Williams-Ellis

    Susan Williams-Ellis

    English Shrub Rose
    A delightful, unassuming rose of typical Old Rose beauty. It is a pure white sport of the pink English Rose, ‘The Mayflower’. The remarkable thing about these two roses is that, in so far as we are aware, they are completely free from disease. The medium-strong fragrance is perfectly Old Rose in character. It is extremely winter hardy, with upright, bushy, twiggy growth. Named for the founder of Portmeirion Pottery, who was a great enthusiast of the English Roses. David Austin, 2010.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin

    English Shrub Rose
    The flowers are very full and rounded at first, later opening up to shallow cups. They are yellow in colour, tending almost towards mustard, and have a strong, delicious fragrance, varying between soft floral Tea and pure lemon. It makes a sturdy shrub with broad, spreading growth. Named after the naturalist who was born in Shropshire. David Austin, 2003.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Scarborough Fair

    Scarborough Fair

    English Shrub Rose
    Despite giving the impression of utmost delicacy, this is a very tough, healthy and reliable variety. Extremely floriferous; its soft pink, semi-double flowers are held in large sprays and have a musky Old Rose scent. It forms a bushy, rather upright shrub. Named after the English folk song, made popular by Simon and Garfunkel. David Austin, 2003.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Scepter'd Isle

    Scepter'd Isle

    English Shrub Rose
    This pretty rose bears numerous cupped flowers, each with yellow stamens. They are a lovely light pink, becoming paler on the outer petals, and have a powerful myrrh fragrance. It forms an elegant, upright shrub, its blooms held gracefully above the foliage. The name is taken from John of Gaunt’s speech, expressing his love for England, in Shakespeare’s Richard II. David Austin, 1996.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. The Mayflower

    The Mayflower

    English Shrub Rose
    A very healthy variety, bearing mid pink, medium-sized, Old Rose style blooms. They are held well above the dainty foliage and have a mediumstrong Old Rose scent. It forms a tough and hardy shrub with upright, bushy, twiggy growth. Named after the Pilgrims’ ship, to mark the launch of our first US catalogue. David Austin, 2001.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Princess Alexandra of Kent

    Princess Alexandra of Kent

    English Shrub Rose
    The unusually large, bright pink flowers are full-petalled and deeply cupped. In spite of their size, they are never clumsy, being held nicely poised on a well-rounded shrub. There is a strong and delicious fresh Tea fragrance, which changes to lemon, eventually taking on hints of blackcurrants. Named for Princess Alexandra – a keen gardener. David Austin, 2007.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Thomas à Becket

    Thomas à Becket

    English Shrub Rose
    This is a variety of very different character from the general run of English Roses, being rather closer to the Species Roses than to the Old Roses and more natural and shrubby in growth. A striking crimson-red; the individual flowers can best be described as shallowly cupped, opening as informal rosettes; the petals quickly reflexing as the flowers age. They are held in medium-sized heads; the individual blooms nodding attractively on the stem. They have an Old Rose fragrance with a strong lemon zest character. It forms a strong, rather informal shrub. Named for Canterbury Cathedral. David Austin, 2013.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Dame Judi Dench

    Dame Judi Dench

    English Shrub Rose
    A beautiful rose; the blooms are a particularly rich shade of apricot-orange, paling prettily towards the edges. The striking, red-tipped buds gradually open to reveal large informal rosettes, each with ruffled petals and a button eye. They are very resistant to rain damage and the petals drop neatly. There is a light-medium Tea scent. A very healthy shrub; it produces strong, arching stems which, over time, form an attractive mound of blooms. Named after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen. David Austin, 2017.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. William and Catherine

    William and Catherine

    English Shrub Rose
    Produces white, shallowly cupped, full petalled blooms with impressive regularity throughout the summer. They have a pure myrrh fragrance. It forms an attractive shrub with bushy, relatively upright growth. Named to celebrate the Royal Wedding. David Austin, 2011.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Vanessa Bell

    Vanessa Bell

    English Shrub Rose
    Pink-tinged buds open to mediumsized cups held in large clusters. Pale yellow, paling to white at the edges; each has a rich yellow eye. The fragrance is similar to green tea with aspects of lemon and honey. It forms a bushy, upright shrub. Named for the artist, designer and founder member of the Bloomsbury Group – sister of the writer, Virginia Woolf. David Austin, 2017.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. Tottering-by-Gently

    Tottering-by-Gently

    English Shrub Rose
    Its beauty is found in the simplicity of its single yellow flowers and the spectacular display they create when viewed en masse. They are held in large, open sprays on a rounded, branching shrub. Named to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Annie Tempest’s classic weekly cartoon. David Austin, 2018.
    £19.50 - £26.00
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  1. The Poet's Wife

    The Poet's Wife

    English Shrub Rose
    Bears rich yellow flowers, which pale over time. Their formation is most pleasing, having a neat outer ring of petals enclosing an informal group of petals within. There is a strong, wonderfully rich fragrance with a hint of lemon, which becomes sweeter and stronger with age. It forms a bushy, nicely rounded shrub with arching branches and rather shiny foliage. David Austin, 2014.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  2. The Poet's Wife

    The Poet's Wife

    English Standard Tree Rose
    Bears rich yellow flowers, which pale over time. Their formation is most pleasing, having a neat outer ring of petals enclosing an informal group of petals within. There is a strong, wonderfully rich fragrance with a hint of lemon. It forms a bushy and nicely rounded head, with rather shiny foliage. David Austin, 2014.
    £40.00 - £59.95
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  1. Hansa

    Hansa

    Rugosa Rose
    At first sight, this is a very similar rose to ‘Roseraie de l’Hay’, but the flowers are fully double and bright silky magenta in colour. They have a lovely Old Rose fragrance. It produces a good crop of hips in the autumn, extending the season of colour in the garden. Schaumᅠ&ᅠVanᅠTol, 1865.
    £17.50 - £24.00
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  2. R. Rugosa Alba

    R. Rugosa Alba

    Rugosa Rose
    Single, white flowers of silky texture with a strong Old Rose fragrance. These are quickly followed by exceptionally large, orange-red hips that ripen together with the last of its blooms. It forms a vigorous, spreading shrub.
    £17.50 - £24.00
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  1. Ballerina

    Ballerina

    Shrub Rose
    This beautiful rose bears small, single flowers of soft blossom pink, with white centres and prominent golden stamens. They are produced throughout the summer and are held in close, many-flowered trusses, reminiscent of hydrangea heads. It forms a vigorous shrub with a rounded habit and attractive light green foliage. Bentall, 1937.
    £17.50 - £24.00
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  2. The Lady's Blush

    The Lady's Blush

    English Shrub Rose
    An extremely free-flowering variety, bearing rounded, semi-double cups of a pure mid pink. Each flower has a creamy white eye, often a white stripe and a fine cluster of golden yellow stamens. At the point of attachment to the stamens there is a prominent red ring. It forms an attractive, rounded, bushy plant. Named to commemorate the 125th anniversary of The Lady magazine. David Austin, 2010.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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  1. Little White Pet

    Little White Pet

    Shrub Rose
    A dwarf, perpetual flowering sport of the rambler ‘Félicité-Perpétue’. It produces large clusters of small, white pompon blooms, densely filled with petals. They have a pleasing fragrance. The vigorous, spreading growth forms a compact, rounded shrub with neat, glossy foliage. Henderson, 1879.
    £17.50 - £24.00
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  2. Golden Celebration

    Golden Celebration

    English Shrub Rose
    One of the largest-flowered English Roses, bearing rich yellow blooms in the form of giant cups. They have a strong Tea fragrance, developing wonderfully combined notes of Sauternes wine and strawberry. It forms a rounded shrub, with ample foliage – the flowers held beautifully poised on long, arching branches. David Austin, 1992.
    £18.00 - £24.50
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