This is the time of year when Mike and I consider what rose varieties we’ll plant in our garden this spring. This past weekend we presented the program “David Austin Roses for New England Gardens” and included the five roses that Austin has introduced in the US for 2014.
With limited space in our garden, but with plans for an additional cottage garden, we’re looking at incorporating at least 2 of David Austin’s new introductions. While pursuing our quest for more white roses, we’ve chosen to add Tranquillity. When we saw the photo of Tranquillity with its pure white flowers each packed with over 100 petals and buds that start out with red and hints of yellow we were ‘gobsmacked.’ In addition to its beautiful blooms, this variety has typical light green foliage and very few thorns with an upright growth habit. Perfect for our cottage garden. Another plus is its light apple fragrance. Hardy to Zone 5
The rich saturated crimson color of Heathcliff with 100 or so petals formed into rosette shaped blooms was enough to convince me that this was another Austin rose I’m putting on my list. This variety, reminiscent of the old red Gallica Roses, has an upright growth with shiny deep green foliage. Hardy to Zone 5
The three other 2014 introductions for the US include:
Boscobel has rosette blooms of salmon to deep pink. It has 78 petals and forms an upright, medium-sized shrub with dark green, glossy foliage. It is described as having a medium to strong myrrth fragrance. Hardy to Zone 5.
Royal Jubilee’s flowers have deeply chalice shaped, deep pink blooms with broad petals that curve inward. It is an Alba hybrid whose growth habit is typical of English Albas. Royal Jubilee, named in celebration of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, has a rich fruity fragrance, and grey-green glossy Alba foliage. Hardy to Zone 5.
The last 2014 introduction is The Lark Ascending described as a different English Rose. Its loosely cupped, soft apricot blooms of 22 petals grow in clusters on a shrub with tall airy growth that can reach 5’. Some of you may recognize the name The Lark Ascending which is taken from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ piece of music which is a favorite of Mr. Austin’s. Many in our audience also recognized the name and were fans of Ralph Vaughan Williams music. Hardy to Zone 5.
It’s always difficult to choose what roses to plant each year and with the introduction of these Austin roses, my wish list grows longer. If only we had unlimited space!
Note: All photos are from David Austin Roses