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English Garden Rose - A Brief History

English Garden Roses have attained the status of a new species. However, this has not yet been acknowledged as such in official circles. In fact, if David Austin had not read George Bunyard’s book on old world roses in the 1940s, he may not have created the English Rose. Because he was totally besotted with the charm and hardiness of the old garden rose, and the frequent flowering and fragrant nature of the floribunda and hybrid tea, Austin set out to create the ultimate rose. 

First off the block was the Constance Spry, a cross between Dainty Maid (floribunda) and Belle Isis (gallica) in 1963. As a result, it is still extremely popular because of it’s myrrh fragrance and baby-pink cupped double blooms on dark green foliage. The added attractions are it’s tolerance of harsh winter conditions, an impeccable health record, and long-lasting summer blooms.

David Austin wrote many books on roses and won the Dean Hole Medal by the Royal National Rose Society of Great Britain and the Victoria Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society. 

There are now more than 200 types and you couldn’t possibly go wrong in gifting yourself a beautiful English Garden Rose.  

The Beautiful Pink Garden Rose

Pink Garden Roses continue to be the favorite of rose lovers. In fact, the authentic wild roses and several old garden roses are essentially pink in color. Following, are two famous pink roses for your garden: 

Marchioness of Londonerry, a hybrid perpetual created in 1893 in the United Kingdom, is admired for its large cabbage-like wholesome pink blooms on slender long canes. Each bloom is about eight inches wide with nearly 50 petals. The high-centered blooms are usually solitary but in small clusters. It blooms throughout the season in repeat flushes.  Its pale green foliage is highly disease resistant and grows to a maximum height of eight feet.  It is suitable for Zones 5b to 9b.

Gruss an Aachen was bred from the Frau Karl Druschki, a very popular hybrid perpetual, and is thought to be the first floribunda.  It is a very compact plant that grows to a height of just three to four feet. The buds are colorfully tinted yellow and reddish orange, and open into baby pink blooms slowly fading to creamy white. It has a very mild scent and blooms continually through the season. It thrives in Zones 5 to 9.

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