How not to fall in love with the dazzling beauty of English Roses, their fine qualities and seductive fragrance? David Austin’s English Roses are ravishingly beautiful cultivars that combine the flower forms and perfume of Old Roses with the color range and repeat-flowering habits of modern roses. As Rose breeder, David Austin’s achievement is in marrying the romantic “English Rose” look with reliable garden performance, vigorous growth, full bushes, disease-resistance and prolific season-long bloom. Over 200 English Roses have been released since 1961, many of them receiving the highest rewards. It is no wonder, therefore, that David Austin’s English Roses are becoming increasingly popular.
Wondering which English rose cultivars have proven reliable and entirely worth growing in Southern California gardens? We have asked Michael Marriott, senior Rosarian for David Austin Roses. He is also one of the world’s most-respected rose experts and well-known for his rose garden design and his common sense approach to gardening. In his work he travels the globe, often sharing his expertise in lively radio, TV, newspaper and magazine interviews. He has been an integral part of David Austin roses for 30 years.
Here are Michael's recommendations in terms of David Austin roses for the South California region.