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Rose Notebook

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R. 'LD Braithwaite'

R. 'LD Braithwaite' (Auscrim)

Deepest red roses are always popular and 'LD Braithwaite' and David Austin 'English rose' rose fills the bill perfectly. Bushy and with loads of fragrance-rich flowers throughout the summer. The colour is deep crimson red, although in very sunny positions it will fade as it ages.

Needs a good garden soil, water through the summer, and at least 6 hours of sunshine each day. Grows to 0.9m (3ft) high by 1.2m (4ft) wide.

This is a rose that is an asset in the garden, the deep grey-green foliage and darkest red blooms bringing a definite note to a planting scheme, and it is just great as a cut flower. Healthy, cold hardy and compact it will find a home in the smallest of gardens


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R. 'Bonica'

R. 'Bonica' (Meidomonac)
(Also known as 'Bonica 82', 'Demon'
and 'Bonica Meidiland')

If you grow Bonica, she will flower for ever, even in June!

A spreading, carpeting rose with clusters of flowers for months until the winter frosts. The deep rose pink flowers are fully double flowers have a light fragrance. The foliage is small, rich dark green and covers the small, bushy plant that grows to 90cm by 1.8m wide.

Great for the front of the border, Bonica will provide endless summer bloom. Or try growing her at the top of a retaining wall or bank; Bonica is also suitable for hedging.

'Bonica' is a rose that can find a place is every garden.


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R.'Snow Carpet'

R.'Snow Carpet'


R. 'Snow Carpet'
The carpet roses are favoured for their habit of continuous flowering throughout the summer. With this long flowering season, masses of blooms and ease of cultivation the carpet roses have been taken up enthusiastically by gardeners. Try R. 'Snow Carpet' on a bank, topping a low wall or simply falling out onto the paving. They are always beautiful and will flower endlessly if dead-headed.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, add well-rotted compost to provide a good loamy soil.
Propagation Cuttings


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R. 'Cottage Maid'

R. 'Cottage Maid'

Warm semi-double flowers in yellow flushed with pink, Cottage Maid is the essence of summer. A simple, charming rose with wide-open, smaller blooms, it is at home in a simple or sophisticated planting scheme. Use it in the front of the border, behind low hedging or in front of a low retaining wall, this is a rose that fits into almost any scheme.

A low growing rose that reaches 0.6m but spreads to 1.0m wide, Cottage Maid is ideal in a small garden, producing masses of blooms from beginning to end of summer. The foliage is glossy and healthy


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R. 'The Fairy'
'The Fairy' is a low growing rose rather than a carpet rose. Her sugar-pink flowers continue all summer and into the winter. Try 'The Fairy' at the front of the border or in a mixed planting.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, add well-rotted compost to provide a good loamy soil. Stake if in a windy position.
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R. 'Fairy'

R. 'The Fairy'


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R. 'Graham Thomas'
One of the most successful of the David Austin roses- roses bred for the fragrance and form of heritage roses but the longer flowering season of a modern rose. R. 'Graham Thomas' has golden yellow blooms over a long season and glossy green, healthy foliage. A largish bush you should try to find space for this rose as it will provide you with gorgeous flowers for cutting or simply to admire in the garden all summer long.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position away from strong winds, add well-rotted compost to provide a good loamy soil.
Propagation Cuttings


R. 'Graham Thomas'

R. 'Graham Thomas'


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R. 'Pat Austin'

R. 'Pat Austin'

Large cupped coppery flowers with a deeper tone above than underneath, where the copper tint has a warm yellow touch. An ‘old-fashioned’ form and loads of piquant fruity fragrance in this English rose, bred by David Austin in 1995 and named for his wife. Great for modern plantings full of vibrant colour, bringing sunset tones that contrast with the deep green leaves with a good sheen, ‘Pat Austin’ has quickly become a classic and is found in many striking planting schemes.

As a border plant, ‘Pat Austin’ has substantial presence in mixed plantings, the rich colouring of the flowers and the good-sized, wide bushy plant that grows to around 1.5-2.0m (4-6ft), make a real impact.
Sources Widely available
Cultivation Plant in a good soil that retains moisture but does not become waterlogged, in a position that receives sun for at least six hours per day. Prune as a shrub rose in early spring after frosts have passed. Very hardy on well-drained soils.
Propagation Protected


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R. 'Iceberg'
Syn 'Schneewittchen', 'Fée des Neiges'
One of the most reliable modern roses, Iceberg is deservedly popular, a true classic. Clusters of pure white, well-shaped double flowers with golden stamens contrast marvellously with bright green foliage. The season is long and the fragrance light and sweet.

Iceberg is so versatile that it is not only grown as a low floribunda (hard pruned each year it grows to 1m x 1.2m (3ft x 4ft)), but, lightly pruned, stands tall and bold at the back of the border. Also found as a standard, often underplanted with lavender, or trimmed into hedges. There is a climbing form, for those who cannot get enough of this wonderful rose.

A cliché? Not all, simply one of the best modern roses.
Sources Widely available
Cultivation Plant in good, well-drained soil in sun or part shade, and Iceberg is hardy to -15C (5F). Maintain good hygiene and watch for mildew and blackspot. Her only vice? Pink spotting on the petals, caused by rain or overnight dew when overnight temperatures are cool. A tall growing shrub rose, prune hard for a lower bush.
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R. 'Iceberg'

R. 'Iceberg'


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R. 'Amber Queen'

R. 'Amber Queen'

Large clusters of flowers of deep amber makes this rose a favourite, and the sweet scent comes as a bonus.

A lovely bush rose that has a neat form especially suitable for bedding and it flowers throughout the summer with regular dead-heading. Good, dark green, healthy foliage set off the flowers perfectly.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, and add well-rotted compost at planting time and as an annual mulch. Dead head regularly to encourage re-blooming.
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R. 'Nevada'
R. 'Nevada'

White flowers are always popular and Nevada has stunning white, semi double flowers that open from pinkish buds to reveal a cluster of golden-brown stamens. The flowers are large; some 10cm (4in) in across. So important in our sometimes-sodden climate, the flowers stand up to weather well. The foliage, likewise is a healthy mid-green, only developing the insidious black spot occasionally in wet climates.

Nevada is a large rose, growing to 2m (7ft) and is suitable for use at the back of the border and in larger gardens, or as a bold statement in a smaller garden. Massed, it will form a hedge. Try it, a rose still in commerce after being bred in 1927 has to be good.


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R. 'Mary Rose'

R. 'Mary Rose' (Ausmary)

A lovely rose that will appeal to anyone with an eye to history, for this David Austin introduction is named for the 'Mary Rose', a vessel that sailed in the time of Henry VIII and was raised from the Solent, East Anglia, 400 years after she sank.

If you like pink then you'll like 'Mary Rose'. Her double, rich pink blooms are perfumed, and carried over a long summer season. Plant in sun in good soil and enjoy the healthy foliage on a somewhat twiggy shrub 1.3m by 1.0m.


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R. 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup'

R. 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup'

Crinkled apple-green foliage has stays healthy and attractive and the single 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup' produces long buds, opening deep pink and fading to silver-pink, despite the weather. Don't deadhead this beauty, as, with the other single rugosas, there will be an autumn bounty of bright red hips to enjoy long into winter.

'Frau', as she is almost universally known, grows to less than a metre, and wider, and will thrive in most garden soils. Prune only to restrain her or to remove old or damaged wood. You can use her as a low hedge or mass her to cover a bank, or she is wonderful near the front of the border where you can touch those splendid, crinkled leaves.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, although tolerates some shade, add well-rotted compost to provide a good loamy soil. Stake if in a windy position, withstands some dryness and wind, good in coastal gardens.
Propagation Cuttings, suckers if planted on her own roots as she 'runs' a little.

R. 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup'

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R. 'Scarbrosa'

R. 'Scarbrosa'

Clear pink single flowers surround golden stamens. These flowers keep on coming from early summer until the forsts. Crinkled apple-green foliage has stays healthy and attractive and contrast in autumn with bright red hips.

Grows to about 1.0m and wider, and will thrive in most garden soils. Prune only to restrain growth or to remove old or damaged wood. A good low hedge or mass planting, or good at the front of the border or further back.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, although tolerates some shade, add well-rotted compost to provide a good loamy soil. Stake if in a windy position, withstands some dryness and wind, good in coastal gardens.
Propagation Cuttings, suckers (if planted on own roots will 'run' a little)

R. 'Scarbrosa - autumn hips'

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R. 'Rosarie de l'Hay'

Rosarie de l'Hay

Deepest maroon, double flowers emerge from elegant pointed buds. Flowering from early summer until the forsts, 'Rosarie' is a treasure, albeit a big noe.

This lusty rose will easily pass 2.0m (6ft6in) in time and grow as wide. The bush is covered with the distinctive crinkled rugosa foliage, with rarely any disease. She thrives in most garden soils. Prune only to restrain growth or to remove old or damaged wood. A good hedge or good at the back of the border.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position, although tolerates some shade, add well-rotted compost to provide a good loamy soil. Stake if in a windy position, withstands some dryness and wind, good in coastal gardens.
Propagation Cuttings, suckers (if planted on own roots will 'run' a little)


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R. 'Flower Carpet Coral'

R 'Flower Carpet Coral'

Considered by many to be best Flower Carpet rose developed, 'Coral' has masses of lovely, slightly ruffled, single flowers that contrasts well with the deep green foliage. Flowers are carried from spring through autumn and, rather than fading, the flower colour deepens with age.

A 'Star of Spring' in 2001, 'Coral' is a great choice for those looking for a pretty, compact carpet rose.
Cultivation In winter, trim 'Coral' over removing dead wood. Feed in spring and late summer, then enjoy!
Propagation Protected. Cuttings. Warning - this rose is protected by patent.


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R. 'Gruss an Aachen'

R. 'Gruss an Aachen'

A modern style rose that was bred in 1909, 'Gruss an Aachen' has many of the features of a floribunda but it is a shrub rose, although one of small, compact form. The flowers are prolific, creamy coloured with a touch of peach and pink, and lightly perfumed. While it can fade in hot sun, this is a reliable rose that works hard in the border, producing masses of flowers on a compact bush with matt mid-green leaves.
Cultivation Plant in a sunny position and add well-rotted compost to the soil at planting to provide a good loamy soil. Prune lightly to maintain compact shape and remove dead wood.1.0m x 0.9m (3ft 3in x 3ft)
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R. 'Windrush'

R. 'Windrush'

Butter-yellow buds open to simple soft creamy lemon flowers, lending this rose an artless charm (forget the intensive breeding programme of David Austin with just this ‘wild rose’ look in mind!). The scent is lemony as well, although ‘light'. Officially semi double the flowers have darker yellow stamens and are useful in the border or against a low wall, the succession of open clusters of flowers carry the garden through a long season.

As with many Austin's, it can become a little leggy and, in my garden, catches the wind, but a bit of attention with the secateurs resolves that issue. Some gardeners use it as a low-climber, utilising those arching canes to good effect. Strong and robust, it seems pretty much disease free to this gardener.
Sources widely available
Cultivation Plant in good compost-enriched soil in a position with plenty of sun. Avoid strong winds. Prune, mulch and feed in late winter. Dead head and don’t let dry out in summer.
Propagation Subject to Plant Protection Rights


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R. 'Margaret Merril'

R. 'Margaret Merril'

Wonderful clusters of large, semi-double white flowers that can have a blush of pink, striking golden stamens when fully open. 'Margaret Merril' also has a great fragrance and is superb for picking, it is rarely without a flower in summer. Deep green, glossy foliage withstands disease well. Winner of many awards over the years, good form and disease resistance make it popular.

Prefers cooler climates but performs well throughout New Zealand. Try it mass planted or in a mixed border scheme.
Cultivation Plant ina sunny position, grows in most soils, although will perform better in a good soil that is prepared properly. 0.75m x 0.6m (2ft6in x 2ft), but can often be more.
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