New Introductions from David Austin Roses for 2020

New English Roses from David Austin Roses for 2020

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is a much anticipated event in the horticultural calendar.  It’s a week long celebration of plants that provides an opportunity to see plants face-to-face and discover nurseries’ new plant ranges.

I adore fragrant roses!  Each year, I relish meeting the new rose introductions from David Austin Roses, at the Chelsea Flower Show.  Due to COVID-19, the Royal Horticultural Society held a virtual Chelsea this year, but this hasn’t stopped me from finding out all about David Austin Roses’ new introductions for 2020!  Ready?  Here they are………..

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ (Ausraveloe)

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ (Ausraveloe) is an English Shrub Rose, bred by David Austin Roses. Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ grows to 1m (3.5ft) tall; forming a plant that spreads around 1.4m (4.5ft) wide, depending of course on your soil, situation, and the plant’s growing conditions.

Inspired by books, this year David Austin have gone with a literary theme, naming both of their 2020 introductions as a tribute to two influential books from the 18th and 19th Centuries.  Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ (Ausraveloe) is named in honour of the eponymous character from George Eliot’s novel, Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe.

David Austin Roses describe Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ as being an unfussy rose; I appreciate its country cottage style.

This is an English Shrub Rose with double, pale pink coloured flowers.  The blooms open out from apricot-pink flower buds to form attractive bowl-shaped flowers.  Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ produces medium sized blooms with many petals; as the flowers age, they reveal their central button eye – a rather charming feature of this rose’s flowers.

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ produces red stems and dark green coloured, glossy green foliage.

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ features red tinted stems that are complimented by dark green leaves.

Plants can be grown in containers or garden beds and borders.  David Austin describe Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ as being a rose that does well in exposed and windy sites.

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ in bud.

As Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ flowers age, their petals gently soften in colour.  This is a repeat flowering rose that will bloom in cycles; the first flowers appear in May and June.  Keep dead-heading your roses for maximum flower production and your plants will continue blooming until the cold, frosty winter weather arrives and halts flower production.

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ is a floriferous rose that will repeat bloom throughout the summer months and into autumn.

I’d describe Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ flowers as having a light fragrance with a distinctive lemony character; the perfume changes as the blooms age, when they take on more of a traditional rose perfume.  I find I need to enjoy a close encounter with this rose to discover its delicate perfume.

‘Silas Marner’ roses glowing in the sunshine.

Rosa ‘Silas Marner’ grows to 1m (3.5ft) tall; forming a plant that spreads around 1.4m (4.5ft) wide, depending of course on your soil, situation, and the plant’s growing conditions.  Plant in a sunny or partially shaded spot, in any moist but well-drained soil.

For best results, prior to planting, soak your rose’s roots in water for up to 24 hours, and then apply a mycorrhizal fungi to your plant’s roots.  After planting, top dress with a mulch of good quality peat free compost.

‘Silas Marner’ roses open out fully as they age, when they form these lovely full flowers that remind me a little of a ballerina’s tutu.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ (Ausclergy)

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ is one of the latest introductions from David Austin Roses.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ (Ausclergy) is a new rose that celebrates the diarist, James Woodforde, whose personal diary, The Diary of a Country Parson, (written by Woodforde in the 18th Century) was published and received with much acclaim in the 20th Century.

‘The Country Parson’ rose forms arching growth that produces these lovely golden yellow buds that open out to reveal soft yellow blooms.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ (Ausclergy) is an English Shrub Rose that produces lemon chiffon coloured, double flowers.  The pointed buds open to form shallowly cupped flowers; as the blooms develop, their petals reflex to form floral rosettes.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ blooms fade from the outside in, giving the flower a touch of warm yellow at their centre.

‘The Country Parson’ flowers change shape as they mature, but they also change colour.  Starting life as a gentle yellow flower bud, the blooms pale in colour as they age, becoming ever lighter, every day.  Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ blooms fade from a lovely pastel yellow to lemon chiffon yellow; the blooms continue to blanche in colour, until the flowers hold the mere faintest hint of yellow at the centre of each flower.  The flowers eventually fade to an incredibly pure shade of white.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ flowers soften and fade in colour as they age. This bloom was once a soft yellow but the flower has aged to a gentle buttermilk colour.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ flowers produce the lightest perfume of these two new roses, delivering a fresh and delicate scent.  To take in this rose’s perfume, you will need to enjoy a close encounter with a flower.

‘The Country Parson’ blooms become ever paler as they age, eventually turning this rather lovely shade of pure snow white.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ has been bred from Scottish roses, which gives this rose its spiny stems and inner strength.

A closer look at ‘The Country Parson’ rose’s foliage.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson grows to 1m (3.5ft) tall; forming a plant that spreads around 1m (3.5ft) wide, depending of course on your soil, situation, and the plant’s growing conditions.  Plant in a sunny or partially shaded spot, in any moist but well-drained soil.  This rose can be grown in a large planter or planted out in the border.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ flowers become ever lighter in colour as they mature.

For best results, prior to planting, soak your rose’s roots in water for up to 24 hours and then apply a mycorrhizal fungi to your plant’s roots.  After planting, top with a mulch of good quality peat free compost.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ has Scottish heritage which gives the plant very sharp, prickly stems. New leaves emerge marked with a fine maroon outline, which is very attractive.

‘The Country Parson’ is quite a spiny rose, so it’s not one to plant at the end of a border or close to a pathway or thoroughfare.

As the leaves age, they lose their decorative trim but still look rather handsome. Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ is available from David Austin Roses.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ is a repeat flowering rose that blooms from the end of May or start of June, until the frosts arrive in late autumn or early winter.  Dead-head your faded blooms to encourage your roses to keep flowering.

Rosa ‘The Country Parson’ grows to 1m (3.5ft) tall; forming a plant that spreads around 1m (3.5ft) wide, depending of course on your soil, situation, and the plant’s growing conditions.

If you’re interested in roses, you’ll find more roses, via this link – here.

Other articles that may interest you………….

To see an overview of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, please click here.

To see photographs of the roses that David Austin introduced in 2019, please click here.

To see photographs of the roses that David Austin introduced in 2018, please click here.

To see photographs of the roses that David Austin introduced in 2017, please click here.

To see photographs of the roses that David Austin introduced in 2016, please click here.

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