This morning I thought I’d share or perhaps remind, some of you of the beautiful roses to be found at David Austin. Oft used as a replacement peony for brides getting married outside of peony season, I think they’re worthy of mention in their own right and beyond wedding days. Did you know you can grow them easily in your garden?
David Austin sells bare root roses (delivered as a twig with bare roots that you then plant yourself) which are best planted in the winter, but also stocks potted roses throughout the year. I have 3 in my garden, as seen below, one in the front, one climbing over a garden wall and a third in the border.
I discovered David Austin years ago when a house we moved into had the most beautiful rose collection, including the stunning (both in colour, form and smell) ‘Falstaff’ above. Before that, roses had left me cold after seeing modern ‘tea roses’ (the type you see in florists or for Valentines day,) grown in bare flower beds. These were a revelation to me, laden with scent and grown amongst the cottage style border I loved. You can also grow bush or shrub roses (below) with fabulous hips that turn red in the autumn to feed the birds and work well as hedging too.
If you’re interested in how to grow roses, what is the best plant for you and aftercare, the David Austin site has tons of information clearly presented and is well worth a look.
Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed and they’re super easy to grow with a bit of sun and decent soil!