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The Sweet Scent of Roses

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Jun 17, 2016

For many gardeners around the country roses sum up everything that is great about Summer. From the beautiful flowers to the heavenly scent they are one of the most iconic summer flowers out there.

So it is no wonder that when the roses in CountryLife come in to blossom customers go crazy for them. Particularly over the last number of years I have noticed how much David Austin Roses have grown in popularity with gardeners who come into the garden centre looking for new additions for their gardens.

David Austin Roses are known for their old fashioned flowers but modern growing habits. The roses offer fantastic flowers that have been developed using modern breeding techniques so that they are much more reliable than older roses and are often blackspot and greenfly resistant which makes them much easier to care for.

Winchester-Cathedral-is-a-brilliant-white-roseI bought my very first David Austin Rose when I got my first ever pay cheque. The rose was called Sweet Juliet and it has light apricot coloured flowers which caught my eye. The shrub rose is still doing brilliantly back in my mothers garden. In all the time I have had it it has not had to be sprayed once for blackspot.

White roses are a big hit with many gardeners at the moment and ‘Winchester Cathedral’ is proving extremely popular. This rose has white flowers with just the smallest hit of pink as the flower just start to open. It is proving such a hit with customers because of its great scent which some say smells like a mixture of honey and almonds.

Golden-Celebration-is-a-very-popular-rose‘Golden Celebration’ has always been a very popular rose from David Austin. It produces large golden yellow blooms which have great impact in a garden. The plant produces a large amount of flowers which sometimes can be heavy so the branches can bend so I think it is best to provide this rose with some support if you decide to plant it in an exposed site.

Of all of the roses from David Austin ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ has to be one of my all time favourites. Gertrude Jekyll is a beautiful old fashioned pink rose with magnificent full flowers. The rose is also favoured for its strong fragrance which seems to linger in the air for the entire summer.

Not only does Gertrude Jekyll come in shrub form but you can also get great climbing varieties too. The climbing variety is just as great as the shrub form and produces a sea of dusky pink flowers. Another great climbing rose from David Austin is the award winning ‘Graham Thomas’. This rose produces cupped blooms which are a rich shade of primrose yellow.

‘The Generous Gardener’ is another climbing rose from David Austin that comes highly recommended. It was first mentioned to me by an avid gardener in England who couldn’t praise its flowers enough to me. The pale pink flowers it produces are definitely a highlight of the plant. So too is the fact that it can grow up to 10 feet which makes it great for covering a large amount of space in beautiful flowers. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!