Crown Princess Margareta Rose Review | David Austin 1999
Crown Princess Margareta rose£24.50
Suitable for containers5.0/10
Tolerance of shade8.0/10
Tolerance of poor soil7.0/10
Best for cuttings9.0/10
- Producing a tasty and strong fragrance
- Her bloom size is full and large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm)
- Having a large count of petals (120)
- Her blooms last well on the stems and in vase (1 week)
- Quite hardy (Zones 5 – 11)
- Tolerate shade quite well
- Healthy rose: 'Excellent' (The Right Roses), 'Good' (David Austin)
- Extremely vigorous
- A giant in your garden (5ft x 5ft)
- Her blooms get fried in summer heat.
- Her blooms can nod in the first couple of years.
- Her color can fade to the attractive creamy color.
CROWN PRINCESS MARGARETA ROSE REVIEW | THE RIGHT ROSES
English Shrub and Climbing Rose bred by David Austin
Bears quite large, apricot-orange flowers, in the form of neatly arranged, many petalled rosettes. They have a strong, fruity fragrance. It forms a tall, slightly arching shrub with plentiful glossy foliage. David Austin, 1999.
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David Austin introduced Crown Princess Margareta rose for the UK in 1999. He named this rose after a granddaughter of Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901).
Crown Princess Margareta rose is the utmost gorgeous David Austin rose. It has been about 20 years since Crown Princess Margareta rose was released. Nonetheless, indeed very few David Austin roses can confidently claim that they are better than Crown Princess Margareta.
“very few David Austin roses can confidently claim that they are better than Crown Princess Margareta”.
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Crown Princess Margareta rose: The pros
Crown Princess Margareta rose is among the finest David Austin roses. Therefore, not surprisingly, she has a large number (8) of strengths.
First, Crown Princess Margareta rose produce a tasty and strong fragrance. Although her fragrance is not among the strongest that a David Austin rose can produce, it is really one of the things to which we look forward. In the first year or two, her fragrance is quite light. However, it gets much better as she ages.
David Austin has introduced 12 rose varieties best for fragrance including: Emily Bronte (2018), Harlow Carr, The Generous Gardener, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Gabriel Oak (2019), Gertrude Jekyll, Desdemona, R. Rugosa Alba, Claire Austin, Summer Song, Charles Darwin, The Poet’s Wife. According to our own experience, a few other David Austin roses are also heavenly scented, although they are not in David Austin’s list, e.g., Golden Celebration, Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood, and Carolyn Knight.
If you want some David Austin roses having an instant impact in terms of fragrance, you may want to consider 5 roses: Golden Celebration, Emily Bronte (2018), Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood, and Gabriel Oak (2019). They smell wonderful even in their first ever flush. You do not even have to put your nose into the blooms to detect their incredible scent. Just standing close to them is enough. Having 5 of them next to each other would make every morning of yours very delightful. Your garden is filled with their beautiful perfume.
Second, Crown Princess Margareta rose produces masses of incredibly gorgeous blooms. In fact, it is so hard for the team at The Right Roses to describe the beauty of her blooms. She blooms in clusters of four or five blooms. Her bloom size is large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm) with a large count of petals (120). Nonetheless, she is not the ones which produce the highest number of petals in each bloom like The Ancient Mariner (about 160 petals) or Spirit of Freedom (about 200 petals).
Third, her blooms last well on the stems and in vase. She could be among those David Austin varieties which have the longest-lasting blooms (about 1 weeks). This trait makes her a good choice as cut flowers. Apart from Crown Princess Margareta rose, David Austin has also introduced a few other roses with a long vase life, such as Princess Alexandra of Kent, Jubilee Celebration and Golden Celebration. All of them can easily last about one week. According to the team at The Right Roses, The Mill On The Floss and The Ancient Mariner last quite short (only 2 – 3 days).
Fourth, Crown Princess Margareta rose is floriferous. She puts out thick and long canes with a large number of flower buds at the top. As her canes can be very long (about 4ft even in her first year in your garden), you may want to prune her to encourage more growths and blooms.
Fifth, Crown Princess Margareta rose is quite hardy (Zones 5 – 11). However, gardeners in Zone 4 reported that she could even survive Zone-4-winter.
Sixth, Crown Princess Margareta rose can tolerate shade quite well. More importantly, even in shade, she would still be floriferous. Therefore, you would not have to trade between shade and productivity like you sometimes have to do with other roses. However, she is not among those David Austin roses which tolerate the shade best.
So far, David Austin has introduced 11 varieties which do very well in shady spots: Hyde Hall, Olivia Rose Austin, Eustacia Vye, Princess Anne, England’s Rose, Kew Gardens, R. Rugosa Alba, Lichfield Angel, Charles Darwin, Lady of Shalott, and Roald Dahl.
Seventh, Crown Princess Margareta rose is a very healthy rose. We planted her in our North-facing garden. However, she has been very healthy since her first year. In our garden, she has a little problem with aphids. Other than that, we have not seen any sign of black spot or other diseases. David Austin ranked her disease resistance as ‘good’. We believe that it is a serious understatement. The team at The Right Roses would rank her disease resistance as ‘excellent’.
And, eighth, Crown Princess Margareta rose is an extremely vigorous rose. After about 5 months in your garden, she can get from being a potted rose to about 4-5 ft tall with very long canes. Therefore, you will never have to wait for her long before being able to enjoy her beauty.
Crown Princess Margareta rose: The cons
Crown Princess Margareta rose has four weaknesses.
First, Crown Princess Margareta rose can be a giant in your garden (5ft x 5ft). Mind you, if you live in a warmer climate, she can be even bigger than 5ft x 5ft. Therefore, it would be better if you could plant her at the back of the border. As we mentioned above, she is so vigorous. In the first years, she tends to put out many horizontal and laxing canes. You may want to prune her to encourage more growths and shoots. However, at the same time, please do not try to make her be something she can NOT be. Thinking positively, the bigger she becomes, the more blooms she will reward you with.
Second, her blooms can get fried in summer heat. In particular, for those of you who live in warmer climates, it would be wise to give her some shade. And, she still can tolerate shade quite well any way. Moreover, please give her enough water. In the summer, we usually give her at least 3 watering canes per week. And, the summer in the UK is not that hot (usually 77 F or 25 C). But, please trust us, with just some rose food, banana peels and water, she will never disappoint you.
Third, her blooms can nod in the first couple of years given the high count of petals. However, she will improve as she ages.
Fourth, her color can fade to the attractive creamy color in the heat. As a result, you can enjoy a great range of color, from the Apricot-orange in the spring flush to the creamy shade in the summer flush.
Crown Princess Margareta rose: The similarities
Crown Princess Margareta resembles Bathsheba, a recent introduction in 2016. Bathsheba is a climbing rose, while we can plant Crown Princess Margareta as a shrub rose and a climbing rose. Bathsheba has an ‘excellent’ disease resistance as Crown Princess Margareta. Nonetheless, she does not produce a ‘strong’ fragrance like Crown Princess Margareta. In addition, you need to plant Bathsheba in full sunlight whereas Crown Princess Margareta can tolerate shade quite well. In terms of fragrance notes, it is easier for many gardeners to enjoy Crown Princess Margareta’s scent. Of course, it is totally up to your own preference. However, according to the team at The Right Roses, the fruity fragrance of Crown Princess Margareta can attract slightly more gardeners. Bathsheba produce a myrrh fragrance.
Crown Princess Margareta rose: The details
|Height & Spread: 5ft x 5ft||Color: Apricot-orange||Fragrance: Strong|
|Fragrance notes: Fruity||Flowering: Repeat Flowering||Suitable for containers: No|
|Sun exposure: Partial Sunlight||Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm)||Disease resistance: Excellent (The Right Roses), Good (David Austin)|
Photo Credit: The Right Roses | RightRoses.com and DavidAustinRoses.com