English garden roses are the antidote to the odorless, tightly bound rosebuds you see at the supermarket flower stand. These roses feature heirloom rose fragrance combined with modern disease resistance and a reblooming habit. Also called David Austin roses, English roses come in shrub and climbing form to suit any garden space.
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Fair Bianca English Rose
'Fair Bianca' inhabits that sweet spot between white and cream that gives it a glowing appearance. A reliable rebloomer, 'Fair Bianca' is coveted by brides who want to give their wedding flower arrangements old world flair.
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Lady Emma Hamilton English Rose
The very compact growth habit of 'Lady Emma Hamilton' makes it ideal for a large patio container. Can you imagine the fruity fragrance scenting the summer air at your next gathering? The upright growth form is also well suited to growing as a "rose tree" standard.
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Janet English Rose
The pink sunrise hues of 'Janet' are similar to the popular 'Peace' hybrid tea rose, but with a greater petal count. 'Janet' does best in regions with low humidity that don't encourage black spot and powdery mildew development.
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With the 'Gentle Hermione' rose, you get more of everything you want in a rose: more fragrance than most (even among English roses), more petals at 90 per blossom, and more disease resistance than many roses, even in rainy areas. This rose is named for the wife of King Leontes in the Shakespeare tragedy The Winter's Tale.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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Happy Child English Rose
'Happy Child' produces rich golden blooms that won't fade in strong sunlight. Like all English roses, 'Happy Child' is at its most prolific with rich loamy soil, regular fertilizing, and six to eight hours of sunlight each day.
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Mary English Rose
The loose form of 'Mary' English rose allows admirers to gaze at each and every one of the 60 clear pink petals on these June blooming shrubs. Some compare the fragrance of 'Mary' roses to almonds and honey, and if you garden without chemicals, you can garnish your salads and desserts with the edible flower petals of this rose.
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Sir John Betjeman English Rose
Named for a beloved English journalist, 'Sir John Betjeman' features bright magenta roses that stand out in the summer landscape. This rose is an alba hybrid, which means that it carries the traits of excellent fragrance and disease resistance that have made it a garden mainstay since antiquity.
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Crown Princess Margareta English Rose
The peach hue of 'Crown Princess Margareta' is positively juicy, with a fruity fragrance to match. This sumptuous variety is said to be more shade tolerant than others and its arching canes make it suitable to train as a climber.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Munstead Wood English Rose
If a single plant can set the mood in a garden, it's the 'Munstead Wood' English rose. The rich berry-toned blooms smell as wonderful as they look, and the tidy growth habit is just right for the container garden or the edge of the border. This variety is named after the home of British horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.
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Mayflower English Rose
Not just another pink rose, the 'Mayflower' is all but impervious to disease. Good-bye, toxic sprays and chemicals.
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The Pilgrim English Rose
'The Pilgrim' is notable for its shade tolerance, offering superior performance in as little as four hours of direct sun. Good disease resistance, 140 petals per flower, and a strong fragrance add to the appeal of this 1991 introduction.
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Heritage English Rose
To observe this English rose flourishing in a garden is to add another specimen to the landscape wish list. The fragrance is ambrosial; it's the kind that embeds itself in the deepest limbic regions of the brain that relate to emotion and memory: one whiff decades later will transport you back to the garden where you first met 'Heritage.'Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Winchester Cathedral Rose
'Winchester Cathedral' produces dozens of white roses with abundance in the early summer, followed by occasional flushes throughout the growing season before an exuberant fall finale. The compact shape looks pleasing as a flowering accent in a formal garden.