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'Rose Review' Series Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Excellent Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: medium - strong Highest rated roses by gardeners worldwide Ideal: Front of border Ideal: Pots & Containers Rose: Shrub rose

Boscobel Rose Review | David Austin 2012

Boscobel rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerant of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Beautiful fragrance
  • Extremely prolific bloomer
  • Long lasting on the bush and in a vase
  • Upright blooms
  • Very vigorous
  • Excellent disease resistance


  • Bloom size: only medium - large (2 – 5’’ or 5 – 12.5 cm)
  • Color can fade under the heat



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin

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Red buds open to beautifully formed, upwardfacing, coral-pink rosettes. Small petals of varying shades mingle to provide a most pleasing effect. The myrrh fragrance has delicious hints of hawthorn, elderflower, pear and almond. It forms an upright shrub. Charles II hid in an oak tree at Boscobel House during the English Civil War. David Austin, 2012.

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David Austin introduced Boscobel for the UK in 2012. He named this rose after the Boscobel House, which was built in 1632.  King Charles II hid in this house while being pursued by Cromwell’s soldiers during the English Civil War in 1651. He first hid in a tree, being known as The Royal Oak. However, the oak tree we see today is not the one King Charles II hid in. It is only a descendant of the tree.

Boscobel is such a fabulous rose. It is one of the most popular David Austin roses all over the world.

Boscobel is such a fabulous rose. It is one of the most popular David Austin roses all over the world”.

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Boscobel rose: The pros

Boscobel is a great David Austin rose. He produces such a beautiful fragrance that David Austin considered Boscobel as one of his most fragrant roses. However, in order to enjoy his delightful Myrrh fragrance, you should give him a few years to get established in your garden. In the first year, he only provides a moderate fragrance. Nonetheless, the strength of his fragrance will improve as he matures.

Next, apart from his tasty fragrance, he is such a prolific bloomer!!!!! I have been extremely impressed with his productivity! He blooms like crazy! I planted him as a potted rose in my garden in the UK in the middle of winter. After 5 months (late Spring), he produces just a huge mass (!) of flower buds. And then, just before the end of the first flush, he was already about to provide another big flush. Among all David Austin roses I have bought so far, he must be the most prolific rose. He does much better than other David Austin roses which are famous for their repeat flowering, such as Princess Alexandra of Kent or Royal Jubilee. Please do not get me wrong. Princess Alexandra of Kent or Royal Jubilee both are wonderful roses. However, Boscobel is just better in terms of repeat flowering.

Moreover, Boscobel blooms last very long on the stems and in a vase. His blooms are very tolerant of heat and rain. Therefore, he is an ideal rose for those regions that receive high rainfall. You would hardly see him balling, even during the rain season. As I am living in the UK, this positive characteristic is big plus for me.

In addition, among David Austin roses, Boscobel blooms are quite upright. Of course, not to the extent of Queen of Sweden David Austin rose. However, his stems can hold up the blooms well. Unless it is a cluster of blooms and it is rainy, then you would see him nodding a little.

Boscobel is a vigorous rose. But his growth habit is very compact. After 5 – 6 months in the garden, he can get to about 2 – 3 ft (60 – 90 cm) tall as a potted rose, which is quite similar to Carolyn Knight. That is very impressive to me. However, even better, in the long run, he will make an attractive shrub. As I mentioned, he has a very compact growth habit. David Austin suggests that his shrub size is about 3.5ft x 3.5ft. Therefore, he can be a great rose for the front of the border, such as Vanessa Bell, Roald Dahl, Lady Emma Hamilton, Olivia Rose Austin, and The Poet’s Wife.  However, in a warmer climate, such as California or the South of UK, he can get bigger, about 4.5 ft x 4 ft.

Finally, Boscobel is such a healthy rose. David Austin rated his disease resistance as “excellent”. Therefore, he must be your top choice if you hate black spots and many others. I planted him next to Carolyn Knight in my garden. He is absolutely clean of any black spot.

Boscobel rose: The cons

Boscobel has almost no weakness. His bloom size ranges between medium and large (2 – 5’’ or 5 – 12.5 cm). It would be great if he can produce all large blooms. However, as you know, the world is not perfect.

In addition, his color can fade in very hot climate as most roses. Under the strong heat, his blooms have some coral tones in the summer. In fact, this is not a weakness of his, but most of the roses.

Final point, you should plant Boscobel in full sunlight. He does not tolerate shade as well as other David Austin roses.

Boscobel rose: The similarities

In terms of repeat flowering and the compact shrub size, Boscobel reminds me of Roald Dahl (2016). They are little roses. However, they both are awesome roses. Roald Dahl (2016) lacks a little bit of fragrance. However, overall, he is still a great rose.

In terms of the bloom color, Boscobel slightly resembles Princess Alexandra of Kent, which produces a stronger scent, but also make a bigger shrub, 4ft x 4ft.

Boscobel rose: The details

Height & Spread: 3.5ft x 3.5ft Color: Coral-pink Fragrance: Medium-strong
Fragrance notes: Myrrh Flowering: Repeat flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Full sunlight Bloom size: Medium – large (2 – 5’’ or 5 – 12.5 cm) Disease resistance: Excellent

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Pham Xuan Hoa
Pham Xuan Hoa
7 months ago

Does he tolerate heat well? I live in VietNam. It’s very hot. Should I chose Princess Alexandra of Kent or Boscobel?

Pham Xuan Hoa
Pham Xuan Hoa
7 months ago

Thank you. I like your review about DA roses very much.

7 months ago

Hello, thank you for the wonderful and so useful site!
you almost convinced me to get this lovely rose, but I see it doesn’t tolerate shade well. which similar rose can you please recommend, I need something very fragrant, shade-tolerant, about 30-35C temperature in summer and not a very tall shrub, about 1-1.20 m… and the colour would be pink tones…

7 months ago

thank you, probably it must have seemed I have too many demands 🙂 reading your excellent reviews, I might have come up with two candidates, Princess Alexandra of Kent and Eustacia Vye, you say both are very fragrant, pink and shade-tolerant. what do you think about these choices?

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