Stop and Smell the Roses!
The voluptuous English Roses of David Austin are generally regarded as among the most fragrant groups of roses available today. In addition to vigor and lush flowers, fragrance has been a hallmark of Austin breeding since the beginning in 1961. Today the catalog of fragrances waiting to tempt and delight growers of English Roses spans the full range of classic old rose or tea rose fragrances, from fruity to flora to musky or spicy and beyond.
We’ve chosen four of the most fragrant English Roses from David Austin for this giveaway. No matter your scent or color preference, you’ll find one (or more) roses here to tempt you!
We’ll randomly choose FIVE winners from all of the confirmed entries. Each winner will have their choice of one of the four roses shown below.
Giveaway opens February 1, 2016.
Giveaway ends February 10, 2016 at midnight MST.
You’ll get an email from Gardening Products Review after you enter. You MUST click on the link in that email to confirm your entry. Only confirmed entries are eligible to win.
‘Boscobel’ has beautifully formed flowers of a rich salmon color that evolves over time to a rich, deep pink. The flowers start as red buds. These open at first to pretty cups, gradually becoming perfectly formed rosettes with approximately 78 petals of varying shades. The medium to strong myrrh fragrance has a hawthorn character with hints of elderflower, pear and almond. The upright shrub is healthy with dark green, glossy foliage. It grow to 3 ft tall by 21/2 ft wide. (David Austin 2012, Auscousin)
‘Golden Celebration’ is one of the most fragrant English Roses. It’s known for magnificent blooms perfumed by a strongTea Rose fragrance that evolves to a wonderful fruity scent with hints of citrus or lychee. Details: exceptionally large cupped flowers that are beautifully-formed and full-petaled; rich golden-yellow color; nicely rounded shrub with slightly arching stems; quick to repeat bloom; particularly good winter hardiness. RHS “Award of Garden Merit.” (David Austin 1992, Ausgold).
‘Princess Alexandra of Kent’ is a gardener’s dream, blooming itself silly from early summer through frost, no fussing needed. Its luscious glowing pink flowers are unusually large with 130 petals each. Poised on strong stems, the dense deeply-cupped roses cover the bush from top to bottom all season long. It is one of the most fragrant English Roses, with a lovely classic Tea Rose fragrance that evolves as the flower matures to a delicious lemon scent with hints of blackberry. It grows 4 ft tall by 3 ft wide. This is an extremely healthy rose that handles widely varied conditions including challenging heat and humidity. (David Austin 2007, Ausmerchant).
2015 North American Introduction: ‘The Lady Gardener’ is an intensely fragrant, apricot-colored English Rose that’s astoundingly floriferous, nearly burying itself in perfume and flowers from early summer to frost. The large roses are a beautiful rich pure apricot color that pales towards the outside of the bloom. The flower is a classic Old Rose rosette shape. Its Tea Rose fragrance with hints of cedar wood and vanilla is particularly strong and lovely. The Austin team ranks ‘The Lady Gardener’ as one of its all-time best repeat-flowering roses and has added it to their list of Most Fragrant English Roses. The fully double flowers are 4-inches in diameter with approximately 65 petals each. Grows to 3 to 4 feet tall by 2 1/2 feet wide. (David Austin 2013, Ausbrass).
All photos credit David Austin Roses