David Austin, a.k.a. English roses are an inspired blend of old and new. Traditional ruffliness and fragrance have been preserved and paired with the disease-resistance and repeat-bloom of modern roses. Meaning they perform well, yet have that romantic, old rose look. And what can be more quintessentially high summer than pink roses? David Austin is introducing two new ones this spring:
‘Princess Anne’ is a cerise (that's what the press release says; I'd call it magenta) fully-double shrub rose. Really, its flowers are packed with frills and ruffles. It was named the "Best New Plant Variety" in the United Kingdom last year, because of its vigor and health. Growing a compact 3 feet tall and two feet wide, 'Princess Anne' is perfect for pots and smaller gardens, or a spot at the front of the border.
I think the paler, semi-double flowers of 'Skylark' will be easier to fit into most garden schemes. The flowers are open, and start out a rich pink, paling to a more lilac-pink. Best of all, it's blossoms smell of apples and cloves, like apple pie. Free-flowering, with an airy, informal growing habit, 'Skylark' looks its best growing amid other shrubs and perennials; it's also a relatively compact rose topping out at about three feet. Both roses are dependably hardy in our climate, and newly available in nurseries, or from David Austin Roses, this spring. Call 800-328-8893 for more information on these roses, or to order a free catalog.
'Princess Anne' - named after the Queen's sister...