These gorgeous confections are extremely popular. Bred to have the graceful, bushy characteristic and the delicious fragrances of Old English roses combined with the modern advantage of repeat flowering in flushes, they provide colour and interest in the border from early summer through to the first frosts. Choose from dainty single blooms to blowsy, multi-petalled cups or rosettes, some with unusual stripes. Who can resist such old-fashioned charm and heady fragrance, which will repeat bloom all summer long?
In the border, taller David Austin Roses can add height without the need for staking, and there are also perfect varieties for the front, where they look best in groups. Some English roses can also be grown as a short climber over an obelisk or pergola.
Roses as Hedges
David Austin passionately believes that roses make the most superb, spectacular choice for boundary hedging, growing from O.76m to over 1.8 metres (2.5 ft to over 6 ft) in height. Or try introducing roses to a box or yew hedge, where their succession of fragrant blooms will add sensory texture.
Our collection of over 30 David Austin Old English roses includes many favourites, and our knowledgeable staff will be happy to advise you on which to choose to enhance your garden.
Roses are increasingly popular grown as spectacular flowering boundary hedges which can be pruned between 2.5 ft to over 6 ft in height. The English Roses are particularly effective choices, producing a succession of fragrant blooms. Here we recommended some of the best English Roses for hedging, together with box and yew hedging.
Over the last two or three seasons, David J.C. Austin has been growing four different English Roses as hedges in his own garden: Hyde Hall, Queen Of Sweden, Wild Edric and Harlow Carr. He passionately believes that roses make the most superb choice for hedging and frequently comes into work during the summer months enthusing about the beauty of one or other of his hedges.
English Roses are some of the best-loved, high-performance flowers in the garden, so they are perfect for growing in the mixed border.
When David Austin set out to breed the English Roses, one of his guiding principles was that his new roses should have the natural, shrubby growth that is typical of their ancestors the Old Roses. This graceful, bushy habit makes them perfect for the mixed border. Unlike most Old Roses, English Roses have the great advantage of repeat flowering in flushes, providing colour and interest in the border from June through to the first frosts. The mixed border allows the gardener to combine their favourite plants and shrubs to create a wonderful contrast of colour, form, texture and scent. English Roses have some of the most complex and delicious fragrances of any garden plant. Their blooms can take many different forms, from the daintiest singles, through to magnificent, many-petalled cups or rosettes which make a delightful contrast to the airier flowers of many perennials.
English Roses are very easy to place in mixed borders as their pure, glowing colours are designed to harmonise with the widest range of companion plants. Many of the annuals and perennials traditionally found in mixed borders attract beneficial insects into the garden which will help to keep the roses healthy
Roses can be most effective when shorter companion plants are used around them, allowing them to display their beauty to the full. Avoid using invasive perennials or shrubs which might overpower the roses.
The taller English Roses will add height and structure to the mixed border without the need for staking, while the more compact varieties are perfect for the front of the border. It is particularly important to plant roses in small groups in the border as this will create the most pleasing effect.
Too Much Choice?
We believe that diversity is important. It’s our philosophy to maintain a comprehensive list of roses, to encourage as many different varieties as possible to remain part of England’s great gardening heritage.
However, with such a long list to choose from, it’s not surprising that many of our customers say to us: ‘You’re the experts – you choose!’. So, although there are very many excellent roses for the situations listed, this section of our site suggests just four outstanding varieties of English Roses. They are all very highly recommended – easy to grow, healthy and reliable.