Maid Marion Rose Review | David Austin 2010
Maid Marion rose£24.50
Suitable for containers9.0/10
Tolerant of shade8.0/10
Tolerance of poor soil6.0/10
Best for cuttings7.0/10
- Romantic name
- Gorgeous blooms
- Shapely shrub: extremely suitable for front of border
- Tolerance of shade
- Only "good" (not "excellent") disease resistance
- Bloom quality is not consistent: color and size
- Only "medium" fragrance
MAID MARION ROSE REVIEW | THE RIGHT ROSES
English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
“Tight buds open to rounded cups, with larger outer petals enclosing numerous smaller petals within. These open to clear mid pink, saucer-shaped rosettes; the outer petals forming a perfectly rounded rim. Initially, the fragrance is soft myrrh but as the flowers age, it becomes fruity with a distinct clove character. It forms a compact shrub with relatively upright, but quite bushy, growth. Named after the companion of the mythical hero, Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest. David Austin, 2010”.
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David Austin introduced Maid Marion for the UK in 2010. He named this rose after Maid Marion, the lover of Robin Hood. Literature critics considered Maid Marion as one of the earliest strong female character in English literature.
Maid Marion rose is a gorgeous David Austin rose variety. Her grace closely resembles the beauty of Maid Marion in English Folklore. In my opinion, Maid Marion must certainly be the right rose for your garden if you are a big fan of the outlaw legendary hero, Robin Hood.
“Maid Marion must be the right rose for your garden if you are a big fan of the outlaw legendary hero, Robin Hood”.
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Maid Marion rose: The pros
Maid Marion is a fabulous rose with a romantic name. Her name takes this already-very-gorgeous David Austin rose to the next level of charm and elegance. When you see this rose, she reminds you of so many great qualities of the famous Maid Marion character: genuine, incredibly attractive, and exceptionally courageous.
Maid Marion rose produces absolutely gorgeous double blooms with an attractive mid-pink shade. The bloom size ranges between medium to large (3.5 – 4’’ or cm) in diameter with approximately 55 petals each. Therefore, her booms are certainly not the biggest David Austin ones. However, they look exceptionally charming in their own way with smaller pink petals surrounded by paler and larger petals.
To me, the best trait of Maid Marion is her shrub shape. She will make an attractive, neat, and rounded shrub (3 ft x 3 ft) in your garden. Therefore, only the shrub, even not in blooms, would add a lot to your garden. If you have a small space left in the front of border, she will be a perfect rose for that spot. Her reasonable size would bring the most out of the nearby plants in your garden, instead of trying to take over the place like a few other varieties, such as Lady of Shalott.
In addition, Maid Marion can also take a fair amount of shade. Consequently, you can even plant her on your north-facing garden. However, Maid Marion is not one of the best David Austin roses for shady areas, according to Handbook of Roses 2019/2020. If you want your rose be extremely shade tolerant, Olivia Rose Austin is a reliable one.
Maid Marion rose: The cons
Maid Marion rose does not possess the “excellent” disease resistance. David Austin rated her disease resistance only as “good”. Having said so, many growers are very happy with her disease resistance. She only has a little amount of back spot in the autumn. Other than that, she is exceptionally healthy. She is also very resistant to powdery mildew.
Next, her blooms are relatively inconsistent in terms of size and color. In heat and strong sun-exposure, her pink color tends to be a lot lighter. Therefore, before buying her, make sure that you don’t mind if her color can fade.
In addition, Maid Marion only produces a “medium” fragrance. However, her scent is very attractive with warm notes of clove, fruity, myrrh.
Maid Marion rose: The similarities
David Austin has introduced a few similar introductions, in terms of bush size, for example, Vanessa Bell (2017), Olivia Rose Austin (2014), or Lady Emma Hamilton (2005). They all make attractive shrubs in front of border. Vanessa Bell (2017), Olivia Rose Austin (2014) can tolerate shade well, just like Maid Marion. However, you should plant Lady Emma Hamilton (2005) in full-sunlight spots.
Maid Marion rose: The details
|Height & Spread: 4ft x 3.5ft||Color: Mid pink||Fragrance: Medium|
|Fragrance notes: Myrrh||Flowering: Repeat flowering||Suitable for containers: Yes|
|Sun exposure: Partial sunlight||Bloom size: Medium (3.5 – 4’’ or 9 – 10 cm)||Disease resistance: Good|
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