David Austin began breeding roses about 50 years ago. His roses are also referred to as English roses. What sets his roses apart is the fact that David Austin makes scent a priority, in roses filled with petals. You could say he put the romance back into roses.
Last week, I took pictures of almost all the Austins in my garden. And I'll tell you my favorite, but don't let the other roses know! They each think they are my favorite!
James Galway was my first Austin rose. I'd heard about David Austin and just had to have one of these roses. But James and I have had a rocky relationship. I've moved him around quite a bit, and he's not been too happy about that. He has quite the pretty face, but he's not my favorite. I think he may suspect that, too.
Every time I post a picture of 'Heritage', people ask me its name. Heritage does have a lovely form. And a lovely fragrance. And I don't know why I'm not more taken with this rose. She certainly tries hard to be my favorite. But she's not.
|Pat Austin, from August
Pat Austin eats dirt! I've heard others tell of Pat's tendency to have her blooms end up face down in the dirt, but still it's quite disconcerting to see. After a year or two, her stems become strong enough to hold up her blooms. She had just started holding up her blooms when I transplanted her. Life as a rose around here is not easy! She was in too much shade, so I'm now expecting much more from her. Go, Pat, go!
I have several other Austins that are fairly new. Abraham Darby (above) is small and lost behind some other roses. Honestly, I often forget he's back there. Grow, Abe, boy!
I probably shouldn't have bought Glamis Castle (below) at all! I've heard it gets blackspot quite often. Like a fool in love, I chose to ignore that information when I saw its pure white blooms. Don't let me down, Glamis!
Recently, I've seen a picture of Sister Elizabeth. Wow! Just the picture took my breath away! If I remember to get Sister Elizabeth, and her blooms are as pretty in real life as in her photos, she may easily become my favorite Austin. I'm writing her name down here so I won't forget her name.
So, which rose is my favorite Austin? Tamora. She has enchanted me from day one. Her blooms stay upright on the bush. She stays small, and she blooms quite well. I love the color. And I love the form.
I've heard others brag about Tamora, too. She seems to be universally loved. I guess you could say she blooms where she's planted.
Tamora stays around 3 ft tall, is disease resistant, fragrant, and grows in zone 5 through 10. I definitely recommend her. Give Tamora a try. She just may end up being your favorite Austin, too. Of course, I won't tell your other roses!
Do you have a favorite Austin rose? I'd love to know its name. If not, which rose above do you think is the prettiest?