‘England’s rose’ Rose Review | David Austin 2010
Suitable for containers7.0/10
Tolerance of shade7.0/10
Tolerance of poor soil6.0/10
Best for cuttings5.0/10
- Very floriferous
- It forms a shapely shrub.
- They do not ball in the rain.
- ‘medium’ bloom size (2 – 3’’ or 5 -7 cm)
- Blooms do not last long.
- Slightly thornier than average
‘ENGLAND’S ROSE’ ROSE REVIEW | THE RIGHT ROSES
English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
Bears large clusters of rich glowing pink flowers, the outer petals eventually reflexing back to reveal an attractive button eye. The blooms are produced almost continuously from June right through to the first frosts and do not ball in the rain. They have a warm, spicy Old Rose fragrance. It forms an attractive, bushy shrub. David Austin, 2010.
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David Austin introduced England’s Rose for the UK in 2010. For your information, David Austin has named two of his roses ‘England’s Rose’. In 2000, he introduced a light yellow rose, called ‘England’s Rose’ (‘AUSrace’). For some reason, he discontinued it after a few years. In 2010, he named another rose ‘England’s Rose’ again (‘Auslounge’). This fact is still quite confusing to many gardeners now. In this review, we will talk about the pink one introduced in 2010.
England’s Rose is not the best deep pink rose. Its performance explains why England’s Rose is not extremely popular throughout the world.
“Its performance explains why England’s Rose is not extremely popular throughout the world.”
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England’s Rose: The pros
England’s Rose has three strengths.
First, it is very floriferous. England’s Rose blooms continuously. We can say that it is a constant bloomer. In particular, in the earlier months in the summer (June, July). However, its productivity slows down from the end of August. In September, you may see a few blooms here and there. That is its performance in the UK. If you live in a warmer climate, it may perform better later in the year.
David Austin has introduced 2 climbing (rambling) roses being best for flowering, including: Mortimer Sackler and Malvern Hills. In addition, some shrub roses can rebloom extremely well, including Harlow Carr, Olivia Rose Austin, Princess Anne, Thomas a Becket, Gabriel Oak (2019), Kew Gardens, William & Catherine, Lady of Shalott, and Roald Dahl. The team at The Right Roses would like to add three more varieties being best for flowering, including Royal Jubilee (2012), Princess Alexandra of Kent (2007), and Boscobel (2012).
Second, England’s Rose forms a shapely shrub. No octopus canes. No arching canes. England’s Rose would be a great candidate for some gardeners who want to make sure their garden neat and tidy. However, please don’t think that England’s Rose is only a 3ft x 3.5ft shrub. It can become much bigger if you want (depending how hard you prune). In the UK, it can easily get to 4 – 4.5 ft high. Therefore, your pruning skill is critical if you would like to plant it in front of the border.
Third, the blooms of England’s Rose do not ball in the rain. This is great news and also bad news. We will get to that in a minute when we talk about its weaknesses.
England’s Rose: The cons
England’s Rose has three weaknesses.
First, the size of the bloom is only ‘medium’ (2 – 3’’ or 5 -7 cm). If you see the blooms in real life, your first impression would be: ‘wow. I did not think the blooms are that small’. Quite likely so! In addition, its petal count is surprisingly LOW for a David Austin rose. This point explains why its blooms do not ball in the rain.
Well. In life, we cannot have everything. We must make tradeoffs all the time. Work or life. Even when selecting roses, it gives us a hard time to choose to go for fragrance (Charles Darwin) or productivity (Roald Dahl). It happens to us all the time! In this case, it is about whether you go for the number of petals or ‘don’t ball in the rain’. David Austin roses are so famous for the large numbers of petals. At the same time, having a large number of petals also creates a problem. They ball in the rain. Some varieties are better than others, despite its high count of petals. England’s Rose do not ball in the rain because they have only about 25 petals in each bloom. Would you be happy with that? It depends on your preference and your climate. If it rains a lot, then England’s Rose would be a good choice.
We would like to give you some details on some rose varieties along with their number of petals for the ease of comparison. Charles Darwin produce masses of full blooms with a large number of petals (140). Probably among those with the higher number of petal counts. The Ancient Mariner blooms have 160 petals. Young Lycidas blooms have 90 petals. Roald Dalh blooms have 55 petals. As far as we are aware, Spirit of Freedom is the variety having the highest number of petals (200).
Second, the blooms of England’s Rose do not last long. David Austin has introduced several great roses with long-lasting blooms such as Jubilee Celebration, Golden Celebration and Princess Alexandra of Kent. In general, their blooms can last 5 – 6 days in the sun. In the rain, their blooms may last shorter.
If you would like to buy roses being best as cut flowers, you may want to consider Boscobel, Charlotte, Darcey Bussel, Golden Celebration, Graham Thomas, Jubilee Celebration, Lady of Shalott, Molineux, Munstead Wood, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Teasing Georgia, The Alnwick Rose, Windermere, and of course Spirit of Freedom.
We would like to make an extra comment about the vase life of roses to make it clearer for the readers. What do we mean by ‘last 5 – 6 days’? Some gardeners may think that their roses of the same varieties in their gardens last much longer. Here is our response. That is definitely the beauty of nature. A lot of factors may influence how long a bloom lasts. The weather. The heat. The month of the year. And, the soil in the garden. However, what do we mean by ‘last 5 – 6 days’? We refer the vase (or stem) life of a bloom to the number of days in which the bloom is truly at its best. That means the number of days that a fully opened bloom is truly at its best and you do not feel like its best moment has been over. Therefore, a flower bud may take one or two weeks to go from the bud stage to completely shatter. However, once it fully blooms, its life is significantly shorter. We have to say that Jubilee Celebration, Golden Celebration and Princess Alexandra of Kent produce very long-lasting blooms. Even at their fully opened best, they can easily last 5 – 6 more days in vase or on stems. For your information, we have a silly habit. We would like to deadhead the blooms as soon as their best moment is over so that the plant can focus their energy for the next flush and repeat better. For instance, we usually deadhead The Ancient Mariner and Royal Jubilee about 2-3 days after they fully bloom. It takes a lot of time and effort to deadhead, we know. However, it is good for the roses and for us because we would have more blooms to enjoy.
Third, England’s Rose is slightly thornier than average. If you really love it, probably this is not a big problem.
England’s Rose in different climates
To be updated.
England’s Rose: The similarities
To us, the characteristics of England’s Rose are quite similar to James L Austin (2017). Both form a similar shrub size (3.5 – 4 ft x 3.5 ft). The fragrance is not very strong, but tasty. And, they are both floriferous. However, James L Austin is healthier than England’s Rose. And, certainly James L Austin produces much larger blooms than England’s Rose.
England’s Rose: The details
|Height & Spread: 3ft x 3.5ft||Color: Rich pink||Fragrance: Medium|
|Fragrance notes: Old Rose||Flowering: Repeat Flowering||Suitable for containers: Yes|
|Sun exposure: Partial sunlight||Bloom size: Medium (2 – 3’’ or 5 -7 cm)||Disease resistance: Average – Good (The Right Roses), Excellent (David Austin)|
|Zones: 5-11||Petal count: 25 Petals||Sub type: English Old Rose Hybrid|
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