New Introductions from David Austin Roses for 2016

Every year, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, David Austin Roses unveil their newest rose introductions, launching them for sale in The Grand Pavilion at the world’s most prestigious horticultural Show.  This is an event I look forward to each year with great anticipation – I love roses, I get so much pleasure from seeing the new rose varieties for the first time, and discovering their fragrances.

Rosa ‘Bathsheba’ (Auschimbley)

Rosa 'Bathsheba', a new climbing rose from David Austin Roses.
Rosa ‘Bathsheba’, a new climbing rose from David Austin Roses.

Rosa Bathsheba’ is a new climbing rose and English Leander Hybrid.  Rosa ‘Bathsheba’ has large, many petaled flowers which are so pretty.  This climbing rose repeat flowers well, it has a warm myrrh fragrance.  This climbing rose will grow up to about 3m, or 10 ft tall.

David Austin Roses' Rosa 'Bathsheba' has a warm myrrh fragrance.
David Austin Roses’ Rosa ‘Bathsheba’ has a warm myrrh fragrance.

Rosa ‘Imogen’ (Austritch)

Rosa 'Imogen' is one of three new introductions from David Austin Roses for 2016. It was launched in the Great Pavilion, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
Rosa ‘Imogen’ is one of three new introductions from David Austin Roses for 2016. It was launched in the Great Pavilion, at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Rosa ‘Imogen’ is a new English Rose that the growers at David Austin have found to be extremely healthy and disease resistant.  This new rose has a real softness and delicacy to its form, it’s a very pale lemon yellow colour, and looks almost cream as the flowers age.  This rose is very attractive and has quite a charm about it.  For me this rose had the lightest fragrance of the three new rose varieties introduced this year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.  Rosa ‘Imogen’ emits a very subtle scent – you would need to get up close to be able to take in this rose’s perfume, but this rose is a joy to get up close to, so why not?  Rosa ‘Imogen’ will grow to approximately 1.2-1.5m or 4-5 ft tall and 90cm-1.1m or 3-3 1/2 ft wide.

Rosa 'Imogen' a beautiful new introduction from David Austin Roses.
Rosa ‘Imogen’ a beautiful new introduction from David Austin Roses.

Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’  (Ausowlish)

Rosa 'Roald Dahl' has a delicious tea rose fragrance, with definite fruit notes. The air around this rose was delightfully scented.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ has a delicious tea rose fragrance, with definite fruit notes. The air around this rose was delightfully scented.

This new English Musk Hybrid rose has been released to commemorate centenary of the greatly loved author, Roald Dahl’s birth.  This particular rose was chosen, as its flowers are a soft orangey peach colour, the new buds being blushed with touches of red, which reminded the breeders, and Roald Dahl’s wife Liccy Dahl, of the peach from Roald’s story ‘James and the Giant Peach’.

David Austin Roses and Liccy Dahl launch Rosa 'Roald Dahl' to commemorate the centenary year of Roald Dahl's birth, in The Great Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
David Austin Roses and Liccy Dahl launch Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ to commemorate the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, in The Great Pavilion, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ has a delicious tea rose fragrance, with a definite fruit tone to its perfume.  It was a fragrance I very much enjoyed, the air around the roses was delicately perfumed with its scent.

David Austin describe Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ as being remarkably free flowering, with flowers being produced almost continuously.  The rose flowers offer good weather resistance and are not inclined to ball, as is typical of many large flowered roses after periods of inclement weather.  This interesting new rose has mid-green coloured foliage and carries far fewer thorns than most roses, making it a super addition to a family garden.

A percentage from the sale of each Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ rose will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.  This rose will grow to around 1.2m or 4 ft tall and 1.2m or 4 ft wide.

Rosa 'Roald Dahl'.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’.
Rosa 'Roald Dahl', a new introduction for 2016, from David Austin Roses. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, which helps make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’, a new introduction for 2016, from David Austin Roses. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.
Rosa 'Roald Dahl', a new introduction for 2016, from David Austin Roses. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, which helps make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’, a new introduction for 2016, from David Austin Roses. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which helps make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.

Other articles and links that may interest you……………………………………

To see the new rose introductions from David Austin Roses for 2017 and 2018, please click here.

To view photographs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, please click here.

To read about The Rose of the Year Competition and The Festival of Roses at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2016, please click here.

To visit David Austin Roses’ website, please click here.

For gardening advice for mid-May to mid-June, please click here.

For gardening advice and ideas of lovely things that you could do in your garden, or at your allotment, from mid-June to mid-July, please click here.

For information of attractive and delicious plants to grow in your garden, or at your allotment, please click here.

For ideas of how to protect your plants from slugs and snails, please click here.

For ideas of long flowering container plants that will attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects to your garden, please click here.

For information on beautiful, historic and important gardens to visit in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex, please click here.

To read about growing gourmet vegetables, please click here.

To read about the Queen of Orchids, Grammatophyllum speciosum, the largest orchid in the world, which flowered at The Botanical Gardens, Kew in 2015, please click here.

To read about terrariums and bottle gardens, please click here.

To read about carnivorous plants, please click here.

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