Our David Austin roses are here and I, for one, am over the moon about it. Haley Martin, our Nursery Manager, and myself, spend our winters debating which new Austin rose to add to our growing collection. I’m going for Jude the Obscure, a shrub rose and Tess D’Ubervilles a climber for my new trellis.
If you’re new to David Austin roses, you can read more about their history, their breeding program and the man, David Austin, here.
I was privileged a few years ago to interview the senior rosarian for David Austin English roses, Michael Marriott. My favorite quote was, “You Americans, you make it all so hard. Growing roses is like growing any other plant.”
He was referring to the inevitable black spot, rust, powdery mildew, and so forth that roses are going to get, and that cause most people (“we Americans”) to avoid roses. Or, going to the opposite extreme of turning roses into divas that can’t be grown unless pruned just so, or fertilized on a strict schedule, or having a spraying regime that requires a hazmat suit to keep leaves whistle-clean. In other words:
We look for perfection and miss the rose.
Mr. Marriott has grown roses organically for over 20 years in his garden, so his statement that we “make it all so hard” comes from his experience of treating roses like plants instead of divas. For instructions on David Austin roses read below.
Specific growing instructions and care: Read here.
From my personal experience, all roses are going to get some fungal issues or pest issues but that rarely stops them from blooming those incredible blooms, and learning to live with some imperfection in the garden is good for all of us (in life, as well). The Austin roses are known for being more disease resistant, less suspectible to the typical black spot, powerdy mildew, but that doesn’t mean it will be absent. As gardeners, let’s not miss the roses while looking for perfection.
For your viewing pleasure, below are 5 shrub roses and 5 climbing roses with descriptions. For a list of our roses in stock, please click here. Some are both climbers and shrubs. Read descriptions.
Written by Cinthia Milner, garden coach and blog writer.
B.B.Barns Garden Center serves all of Western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina and Tennessee.