Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’

Family: Rosaceae

Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’ (Ausfalcon) is an English Shrub Rose that was bred by David Austin and introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015.  Plants produce mauve-pink coloured, double flowers, with a central button eye that seems to pin the petals down onto the centre of each bloom.  The flowers pale as they age, becoming a drained version of their former selves, but nonetheless retaining their original charm.  Named after the famous Scottish poet and author, this rose is noted for its strong and healthy disposition.

Plants have an informal air and a degree of ragged charm.  Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’ would be suited to growing in a relaxed country garden, or a wild garden, where plants are allowed to mingle with wild flowers, honeysuckles (Lonicera periclymenum), and grasses.

Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’ produces fragrant flowers.  Although, I must say that I’ve not found this rose to be as strongly perfumed as others.  Sadly this rose does not offer any sustenance to bees, hoverflies, butterflies, and other insects.

Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’ grows to around 70cm (2.5ft) tall and around the same wide, depending of course, on the rose’s particular growing conditions.  Plant Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’ in any moist, but well-drained soil, in a location that enjoys full sunshine or partial shade.  This rose can be planted to form a hedge.  Rosa ‘Sir Walter Scott’ can be grown in a large container, or planted in your garden beds and borders.

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