Rhapsody in Blue

Shrub Rose
Colour: Purple-magenta
Flowering: Repeat Flowering
Fragrance: Medium, Sweet
Size: Medium Shrub 4 1/2ft (140cm) 3ft (90cm)
Bloom Size: Medium

Sweetly fragrant, semi-double flowers of deep purple-magenta fading to slate mauve - almost certainly the closest yet to a blue rose. It will grow into a tall, bushy shrub. Cowlishaw, 2003. Read more

Mixed Border

Rose Hedges

Rose Border

Attracting Bees

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 bare root rose

bare root rose

WHAT IS A BARE ROOT ROSE? Seasonal bare root roses are delivered in plastic free packaging without soil or foliage. Best planted from November to April they will bloom come summer. A sustainable way of planting; they are cost effective and great for mass planting.
£18.50

Delivery - Mid/Late November

 potted rose

potted rose

WHAT IS A POTTED ROSE? Potted roses can be planted all year round and are delivered in our signature gold emblem pot. Plant in the summer for instant colour in the garden or give as a thoughtful gift. Depending on the time of year your rose may or may not arrive in bloom.
£25.50

Save 10% when you buy three of the same rose

 bare root rose

bare root rose

WHAT IS A BARE ROOT ROSE? Seasonal bare root roses are delivered in plastic free packaging without soil or foliage. Best planted from November to April they will bloom come summer. A sustainable way of planting; they are cost effective and great for mass planting.
£18.50

Delivery - Mid/Late November

 potted rose

potted rose

WHAT IS A POTTED ROSE? Potted roses can be planted all year round and are delivered in our signature gold emblem pot. Plant in the summer for instant colour in the garden or give as a thoughtful gift. Depending on the time of year your rose may or may not arrive in bloom.
£25.50

Save 10% when you buy three of the same rose

Description

Sweetly fragrant, semi-double flowers of deep purple-magenta fading to slate mauve - almost certainly the closest yet to a blue rose. It will grow into a tall, bushy shrub. Cowlishaw, 2003.

Characteristics

Colour: Purple-magenta BLOOM COLOUR Colour may vary depending on growing conditions. Colour fade is a characteristic of some varieties.
Flowering: Repeat Flowering REPEAT or ONCE FLOWERING? REPEAT FLOWERING roses flower in flushes from late spring through to early winter. ONCE FLOWERING roses only produce a single flush of blooms lasting 3 to 4 weeks in mid summer
Fragrance: Medium, Sweet
Bloom Size: Medium BLOOM SIZE GUIDE Bloom size varies over the life cycle of each bloom. Measurements refer to the average diameter of a bloom at its prime. LARGE BLOOM: 3.5-5" MEDIUM BLOOM: 2-3.5" SMALL BLOOM 1-2"
Family: Shrub Rose
Size: Medium Shrub SIZE GUIDE All measurements are approximate 'height x width' and refer to a 3 year old established rose, pruned once annually, measured during the first flush of flowers in June. 4 1/2ft (140cm) 3ft (90cm)
Breeder: Cowlishaw
Year of Introduction: 2003

Ideal For

Mixed Border
Rose Hedges
Rose Border
Attracting Bees

Growing Conditions

East, South, West Facing
All soil types
Full Sunlight

Shrub Roses

The Shrub Rose group consists of Rugosa Roses, Hybrid Musks, the so-called Modern Roses and Ground Cover Roses. They generally form large, tough shrubs and many varieties are repeat-flowering. With their graceful, natural growth they are particularly suited to combining with other plants and shrubs in mixed cottage garden style borders. Our English Roses also sit in the Shrub Rose class and we encourage you to consider these too before making your final selection.

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The Story of

DAvid austin roses

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains at the heart of what we do. From one man's vision David Austin Roses has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

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SHRUB ROSE CARE & ADVICE

How to deadhead roses

Let us take you through the two stages of deadheading a rose in our easy guide on deadheading roses.

How to feed roses

Feeding your roses is a relatively quick and simple task which helps to encourage healthy growth and abundant blooms.

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Follow our simple step-by-step guide on how to plant a potted shrub rose.

How far apart should shrub roses be planted

Follow this simple guide on planting distances for a successful garden.

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Follow our simple step-by-step guide on how to select the right pot or container and plant your rose.

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