• Breeders of english roses
  • Winners of 23 chelsea flower show gold medals
  • 5 Year Guarantee

Scarborough Fair

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

A very pretty, yet tough, rose which repeat flowers prolifically
A tough and healthy rose, which repeat flowers with remarkable regularity. Charming, soft pink, cup-shaped blooms with prominent stamens. Musky Old Rose scent.
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bred by David Austin

Delivery information

Standard delivery £3.95

Next or nominated working day £5.95

Saturday delivery £20.00

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We offer a 5 year 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 within 5 years, we will replace them free of charge. For more details about our guarantee, please contact our customer service team on 01902 376300.

Rose characteristics

  • Rose Type English Rose - bred by David Austin
  • Growth Type Shrub Rose
  • Sub Type English Alba Hybrid
  • Colour Soft pink
  • Fragrance Strength Light
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Excellent
  • Height 2.5ft
  • Width 2ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2003
  • Appellation Ausoran
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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 roses until well established Water until well established
  • Prune roses once in winter Prune once in the winter
  • Feed roses twice 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?

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Take a closer look

Take a closer look

Detailed Description

As a descendent of the old Alba Roses, ‘Scarborough Fair’ shares their modest beauty but also has the added advantage of repeat-flowering with remarkable freedom and continuity from early summer until the autumn. A charming rose at all stages. In the bud, the petals curl around to form balls, which gradually open to perfect, little, cupped flowers of pure soft pink; eventually opening wide to reveal semi-double, blush pink flowers of the utmost delicacy; each displaying a bunch of golden stamens. The blooms are held in large sprays and are rather informal in shape. There is a delightful light to medium musky Old Rose scent. The foliage is Alba in character, although quite small, usually with five leaflets.

Growth Habit

‘Scarborough Fair’ also shares the Albas’ hardy robustness, forming a short, bushy, yet quite upright, shrub that is very healthy, tough and reliable. Whilst its neat, compact, well rounded growth makes it suitable for planting in a rose bed, it is perhaps best suited to a position towards the front of a border, particularly a mixed border where its apple blossom beauty mingles prettily with other plants and perennials. It is also ideal for wilder areas of the garden and for creating a short, very floriferous hedge.

Origins of the name

Named after the medieval English folk song, made popular by Simon and Garfunkel.

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.

  • Harlow Carr

    Harlow Carr

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Olivia Rose Austin

    Olivia Rose Austin

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • The Mayflower

    The Mayflower

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Wildeve


    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose