New David Austin Roses!
At this time of year, I love to see the new rose buds developing on my favourite roses, as they burst into life and produce the first flowers of the year. At the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I am always filled with excitement, as I meet the new introductions from David Austin Roses for the first time! I particularly enjoy discovering the scent of the latest rose cultivars, as I look for any new favourites to add to my list!
Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ (Auscartoon)
Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ was christened in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the weekly cartoon created by Annie Tempest. Tottering-by-Gently was first published in Country Life magazine, in January 1994; this cartoon depicts the escapades of fictional characters Dicky and Daffy Tottering, and their family life at Tottering Hall. This humorous, tongue in cheek cartoon highlights differing social perspectives and realities.
For me, one of the great attractions that Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ provides is the form of this rose’s single flowers with their central boss of yellow stamens, which allow bees and other pollinating insects to easily access this rose’s pollen and nectar. Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ produces cheerful, soft yellow coloured, single blooms, which are borne in large sprays, and are sure to add a real impact to your garden or planting scheme.
Many gardeners are reticent of introducing yellow coloured flowers to their gardens, being somewhat anxious as to how to place this colour. I say, don’t be shy of yellow, if you choose the right yellow hue, yellow blooms will bring a sunshiny feel to your garden, which can be much needed and appreciated during dull days and periods of inclement weather. Rosa ‘Tottering-by-gently’ is described as being a particularly free flowering rose, which is exceptionally tolerant of rain, so an ideal choice if you’re gardening in a location which receives a lot of rain. Regular and prompt dead-heading will enable your rose to fulfil its maximum flowering potential and will keep your plant looking its best.
Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ produces vibrant yellow flowers, which pale and soften in colour as they age. Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ forms quite a large shrub; this rose’s growth is shapely, rounded, and branching.
I found Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ to have a light, delicate fragrance, which was warm and soothing with the distinct aroma of orange and tea rose.
Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ grows to 1.4m (4 ½ ft) tall and 1.4m (4 ½ ft) wide. This is a super choice of rose for a pollinator friendly hedge; this new rose provides winter interest in the form of rose hips.
Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ (Ausearnshaw)
David Austin Roses named this new rose for the The Brontë Society, in remembrance of the bicentenary of the birth of Emily Brontë. Emily Brontë is the sister of fellow novelists, Charlotte and Anne, from this renowned literary family. Emily’s only novel, Wuthering Heights, was published in 1847, just a year before the author’s untimely death, when she was just thirty years old.
Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ produces rather unusual, soft apricot pink blooms, which open as very pretty rose buds. At this stage especially, the flowers would make rather lovely button holes! As the flowers open, they reveal apricot orange centres around a central button eye; the petals are at their smallest in the centre with each concentric circle of petals becoming ever larger at each outward turn. The fully formed, open blooms are rather flat in character, forming attractive rosettes.
David Austin Roses describe Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ as being a very free flowering rose, which flowers almost continually, from early summer into autumn.
Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ produces foliage which is tinged with red as it first emerges, with red stems that develop into a mid green colour as the rose grows.
Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ forms quite a tall, upright, bushy shrub, but not so tall or large a shrub as to be difficult to accommodate in the garden. As well as planting in beds and borders, this is a lovely rose to plant as a fragrant, flowering hedge, or as a container plant to provide interest and fragrance to an outdoor dining area.
Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ was my favourite of the new roses launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show; I love this rose! Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ produces a delightfully powerful fragrance, this is a highly perfumed rose that produces a fabulous, warm, fruity fragrance with prominent notes of raspberry, peach, lime, and guava. I have fallen head over heals in love with Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’! I have been wishing and hoping for a new highly perfumed rose with a delicious for some time now – this rose is the answer to my prayers!
Rosa ‘Emily Brontë’ grows to 1.4m (4 ½ ft) tall and 1.3m (4 ft) wide.
Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ (Austulliver)
Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ is named after the novel by by the female author Mary Ann Evans, who wrote under the pen name of George Eliot, which was first published in 1860.
Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ produces quite unusual, very beautiful flowers which develop as rounded, deeply cupped blooms in a lilac pink colour. They are delightfully outlined with a raspberry pink coloured picotee edging. The flowers become somewhat paler as the blooms age, but are surprisingly pretty at all stages. What really stood out for me when I first caught sight of this new rose was the unusual and quite striking shape of the petals of Rosa ‘Mill on the Floss’, with their distinct, pointed petals.
Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ is described as being a very free-flowering rose. Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ produces gently arching stems, and attractive glossy foliage. The new growth is red in colour, it turns green as the leaves and stems grow and develop.
Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ produces a light fragrance, which is warm and fresh, this rose’s perfume has the fragrance of tea roses. This new rose produces a lovely, but light scent.
Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ is a large shrub rose, this rose will grow to 1.4m (4 ½ ft) tall and 1.3m (4 ft) wide.
I was so happy to see that the RHS judges presented the David Austin Roses exhibit with a Gold Medal, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018!
Other articles that may interest you………..
To read about the new introductions from David Austin Roses for 2019, please click here.
To read about the roses that David Austin introduced for 2020, please click here.
To read about the roses that David Austin Roses introduced at the 2017 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, please click here.
To read about the rose of the year 2018 and the Festival of Roses at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, please click here.
To see photographs from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, please click here.
To read about the roses that David Austin Roses introduced in 2016, please click here.