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'Rose Review' Series Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Average Fragrance: strong Rose: Shrub rose

Eglantyne Rose Review | David Austin 1994

Eglantyne rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Attractive and strong fragrance
  • Producing a beautiful Spring flush


  • She does not tolerate heat well
  • She does not tolerate shade well
  • Not healthy



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin

David Austin

Quite large, exquisitely formed, saucer-shaped blooms, filled with many small petals – each with a central button eye. There is a strong Old Rose fragrance. The growth is bushy and upright, yet well-rounded. David Austin, 1994.


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David Austin introduced Eglantyne rose for the UK in 1994. He named this rose after Eglantyne Jebb (25 August 1876 – 17 December 1928) from Shropshire, England. For your information, Shropshire is just 22 miles away from where David Austin Roses Ltd is located. Eglantyne Jebb is forever remembered as the one who founded the Save the Children fund in 1919.

David Austin has named many roses to pay tribute to the local people and places, such as A Shropshire Lad, Eglantyne, and Molineux, Wollerton Old Hall.

Overall, Eglantyne is a good rose. Nonetheless, unless she is a must-have rose for you, it is quite hard to grow her in your garden. If you live in a warmer climate, you may want to think twice.


Nonetheless, unless she is a must-have rose for you, it is quite hard to grow her in your garden”.

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Eglantyne rose: The pros



Eglantyne rose has two strengths.

First, she produces an attractive and strong fragrance. If you really love roses with an old rose fragrance, Eglantyne could be the right rose for you. Nonetheless, Eglantyne is not one of the most fragrant roses David Austin has introduced so far.

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, 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, Carolyn Knight. To a certain extent, Crown Princess Margareta also deserves a special mention.

We would like to make an extra comment regarding the fragrance strength of David Austin roses. For some David Austin roses, it may take them 2 or 3 years to live up to their true potential. For example, Princess Alexandra of Kent is extremely fragrant. However, in the first 2 or 3 years in your garden, her blooms hardly smell anything.

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.

If you really want us to rank those 5 incredibly fragrant varieties in terms of their fragrance strength, it is a tough job. The team at The Right Roses would include the first four roses (Golden Celebration, Emily Bronte (2018), Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood) in the first tier and Gabriel Oak (2019) in the second tier. David Austin may have a different idea. He thought that  Gabriel Oak (2019) was one of his most scented roses, while he did not include Golden Celebration, Lady Emma Hamilton, Munstead Wood into that prestigious list in 2019/2020. One of the possible reasons could be that David Austin would like to drive more attention to his newer introductions.

Second, Eglantyne produces such a beautiful Spring flush. You may wonder why she cannot do the same thing with her summer flush. You will know the reason why in a minute when we talk about her weaknesses.

Eglantyne rose: The cons

Eglantyne three main weaknesses.

First, she does not tolerate the heat well. Her blooms fry in the full sun heat. You would be surprised to hear that even the heat in the UK where the temperature is not that hot, can fry her blooms. In the summer, the temperature in the UK in hotter days usually ranges between 25 – 30 C (77 F – 86 F). And, it is quite rare that the temperature can get to 30 C (86 F). It is usually only about 25 C (77F). Therefore, for those of you who live in warmer climates and have a hot summer (100 F or 40 C), you must think about it extremely carefully when you consider growing Eglantyne. She can not take the blazing sun at all. As a result, in the summer, she could not be as productive. Furthermore, her blooms would not last long in heat either.

Second, you may think that, as Eglantyne cannot tolerate heat well, you would move her to a shadier spot. We believe, that could be the wrong decision to make. Planting her in shade would significantly reduce her productivity. She can not take shade well either. This is the reason why we mentioned that it is very hard to plant Eglantyne. She does not take heat. In addition, she does not take shade either. You need to plant her in full sun to enjoy her blooms.

Third, Eglantyne is not a healthy rose. David Austin rated her disease resistance as “average”, which is a big concern. Of course, it totally depends on your personal taste.

Some gardeners do not care about disease resistance when they select a rose. Nonetheless, the team at The Right Roses believe that a rose with an excellent disease resistance record can make your life a lot easier. That is not to mention that you would save a lot money on Fungus Clear Ultra in the future. In addition, that also means that you will have money for more new roses in your garden.

In the last ten years, David Austin has vastly improved in this aspect. Most of his new introductions are very healthy, rated as “excellent”, for instance, Gabriel Oak (2019), Eustacia Vye (2019), and Emily Bronte (2018).

If ‘disease resistance’ is the thing that matters most to you, here is the healthiest David Austin roses you can find: Olivia Rose Austin, The Mayflower, Mortimer Sackler (climbing), Princess Anne, Hansa, England’s Rose, Kew Gardens, Susan Williams-Ellis, Claire Austin (climbing), Roald Dahl, Tottering-by-Gently, Malvern Hills (Rambling). The team at The Right Roses think that Olivia Rose Austin, Princess Anne, and Roald Dahl are 3 of the very healthy roses. You really cannot do much wrong with them in terms of disease resistance.

Eglantyne rose: The similarities

If you are considering a pink rose for your garden, we strongly recommend Eustacia Vye (2019).  She produces a strong and very attractive fragrance. Moreover, she is one of the best David Austin roses in terms of shade tolerance. She is very floriferous, producing clusters of gorgeous blooms. In addition, no one can fault her in terms of disease resistance. She gets established quickly as well. Furthermore, her blooms last well on the stems and in vase (about 5 – 6 days). In our opinion, along with Gabriel Oak (2019), she is nearest to the perfect rose that we always dream of.

Eglantyne rose: The details

Height & Spread: 3.5ft x 3ft Color: Pale pink Fragrance: Strong
Fragrance notes: Old Rose Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Full sunlight Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 4’’ or 9 – 10 cm) Disease resistance: Average

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Pavao Sever
Pavao Sever
6 months ago

Love your reviews, wish there was more:)
Did you had experience with ‘Queen Anne’? I’m thinking of ordering it because of her perfect old-school flowers, but there is not much information on her on the net. Would love your review about her, it’s prettiest Austin rose for me at the moment.

Pavao Sever
Pavao Sever
6 months ago

Thank you! I will definitively buy her so we’ll see how she grows, will let you know till next summer.
All the best,

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