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’ is a new climbing rose, an English Leander Hybrid, from David Austin Roses. Rosa ‘Bathsheba’ produces large flowers with many petals. This new rose cultivar repeat flowers well, its flowers have a warm myrrh fragrance.
This climbing rose will grow up to about 10ft (3m) tall.
Rosa ‘Imogen’ (Austritch)
Rosa ‘Imogen’ is an English Rose that the growers at David Austin Roses have found to be an extremely healthy and disease resistant variety.
This new rose has a real softness and delicacy to its form, it’s a very pale lemon yellow colour, the petals look almost cream as the flowers age. Rosa ‘Imogen’ is very attractive, this rose has quite a charm about it.
For me, this rose had by far the lightest fragrance of all 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 very close to this plant to be able to detect anything of this rose’s perfume.
Rosa ‘Imogen’ will grow to approximately 4-5 ft tall (1.2-1.5m) and 3-3.5ft (90cm-1.1m) wide, depending on your soil and the growing conditions in your garden. This rose is a good choice for a hedge, or to plant in slightly more shaded areas of the garden, and of course as a rose to plant in full sunshine or partial shade, in your garden beds and borders.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ (Ausowlish)
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ is a new English Musk Hybrid Rose that has been released to commemorate centenary of the greatly loved author, Roald Dahl’s birth. This particular rose cultivar was chosen to represent Roald Dahl, as this rose’s flowers are a soft, orangey peach colour. The new buds are blushed with touches of red, which reminded the breeders, and Roald Dahl’s wife Liccy Dahl, of the peach from Roald Dahl’s story, ‘James and the Giant Peach’.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ has a delicious tea rose fragrance, with a definite fruit note 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.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ will grow to around 4 ft (1.2m) tall and 4 ft (1.2m) wide, depending on your soil type and the growing conditions in your garden. This is a super rose to plant in your garden beds and borders, or as a rose hedge, to mark a boundary or divide an area of your garden. Alternatively, grow Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ for cut flowers, or as a container plant.
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