I just got my order placed with David Austin Roses. They have the most amazing and complex roses I have ever worked with. I used to think roses were too much work, as did a lot of other people who starting hybridizing and breeding all of the interest out of them and creating bland representations of the genus coming up with things like the Knock Out Rose (I would rather eat one than use it on a project). But now, after some experience I wouldn’t have a garden without them. Here is a little bit of info. on Mr. Austin himself and the company:
David CH Austin is a rose breeder, specialist grower and author. His first rose, the fragrant Constance Spry, was released in 1961. Since then he has released nearly two hundred English Roses. Few new flowers have caused such a stir in the horticultural world. David Austin Roses was established in 1969 and remains a family business. David JC Austin has worked alongside his father for over fifteen years. Today the English Roses are grown in every rose-loving nation in the world, winning awards in many different countries.
His introduction ‘Graham Thomas'(seen above with Mr. Austin), has just received the rose worlds greatest honor of being named ‘The worlds greatest rose.’ He is also in the business of selling and delivering cut roses and bouquets now. If you are interested to see what they have to offer look here and at the photo below.
Here are five of his new introductions for this year. These are all amazing plants worth trying in your own garden.
Princess Alexandra of Kent
Sir John Betjeman