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'Rose Review' Series Award winning Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Excellent Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: medium Ideal: Back of border Ideal: Poor Soil Ideal: Pots & Containers Ideal: Rose Hedge Ideal: Shady areas Rose: Shrub rose

Princess Anne Rose Review | David Austin 2010

Princess Anne rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Incredibly gorgeous
  • Blooms in clusters
  • Extremely healthy
  • Hardy (Zone 4 - 11)
  • Tolerance of poor soil
  • Tolerance of shade
  • Tolerance of windy weather


  • Her spent blooms look quite messy
  • Fade to a purple shade
  • Her fragrance is light

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English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin


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The young flowers are deep pink, almost red, fading to pure rich pink. The rather narrow petals are unusually substantial, with a hint of yellow on their undersides. Held in large, fragrant clusters, they are produced with remarkable freedom. A particularly healthy variety; it forms a bushy, upright shrub with thick, succulent, highly polished foliage. Named for Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal. David Austin, 2010.

The Right Roses:

David Austin introduced rose ‘Princess Anne’ for the UK in 2010. He named this rose after Princess Anne. She was born on 15th August 1950 in Clarence House, London, England.

Princess Anne is the most generous character you can find. All her life has been about ‘giving’ and ‘sharing’. She started public work at the age of 18. Her first engagement was the opening an education center in Shropshire, UK in 1969, which is about 22 miles away from where David Austin is located. Since then, she has built strong relationships with numerous charities and organizations across the world. Even now, she has one of the busiest working schedules of any member of the Royal Family.

Rose ‘Princess Anne’ closely resembles the character of The Princess Royal. Princess Anne rose could be among the most generous and reliable David Austin roses you could grow. Extremely gorgeous. Incredibly floriferous. Also very humble. All she does is to reward you with countless moments of awe.


Princess Anne rose could be among the most generous and reliable David Austin roses you could grow”.

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Princess Anne rose: The pros


  • Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) Garden of Merit Award
  • ‘Best New Plant Variety’ at the UK Grower of the Year Awards in 2011
  • Best for health
  • Best for flowering
  • Best for pots and containers
  • Best for smaller hedges
  • Best for shady areas
  • Best for poor soil
  • Best for windy, wet and exposed
  • Best for coastal areas


Princess Anne rose has six strengths.

First, her deep pink blooms are incredibly gorgeous. To make it even more impressive, she blooms in clusters at the same time. Princess Anne roses would put on breathtaking shows when she is blooms. The team at The Right Roses would like to give you a quick idea of what we meant by a ‘breathtaking show’. Please take a quick look at the video clip The Right Roses took below.



Princess Anne rose’s cluster blooming habit reminds us a lot of floribunda roses, which were produced by crossing Hybrid Teas with Polyantha Roses. Floribunda roses are renowned for creating a mass of color by bearing many flowers held in large clusters.

Second, Princess Anne rose is a very healthy rose. She is one of the most disease resistant David Austin roses. Extremely healthy foliage.

When looking at a rose, in general we just enjoy their blooms, such as color, form, fragrance. In some rare cases, you enjoy their foliage as well, for example Lady Emma Hamilton. However, no matter how beautiful their blooms are, your happiness would decrease dramatically if their foliage is so unhealthy or, to be more extreme, they are totally defoliated. As a result, many gardeners pay their utmost attention to disease resistance when they select a rose.

Summer 2019 is probably one of the worst years for roses in the UK. For some reason (probably the heat), many roses are so susceptible to mildew and particularly black spot. Having those incredibly healthy roses, like Princess Anne, in our gardens would make our life a lot easier.

Third, Princess Anne rose is very hardy. She can tolerate the winter in zones 4 – 11, e.g., -20°F to -25°F.

Fourth, she can tolerate poor soil very well. Therefore, she would be a great rose for pots and containers. Many gardeners don’t want to plant roses in pots and containers because they are always hungry for more food. We need to provide a constant supply of rose food, fertilizer, water, etc. to keep our roses happy if they are in pots. In addition, we also need to replant our roses every few years (3 years) to maintain their performance.

Please note that, when replanting your roses, you should replace the old soil with manure, fertilizer, and John Innes No. 3 compost. Her ability to tolerate poor soil makes Princess Anne rose the right rose to plant in pots and containers.

Fifth, Princess Anne rose can tolerate shade well. Therefore, she can even thrive in North-facing gardens. In fact, she is one of the best David Austin roses being best for shady areas. However, it would advisable if you could give her about 3 – 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Sixth, she is the right rose for those gardens in the coastal areas. She can tolerate windy weather. Princess Anne is among the best David Austin roses for windy, wet and exposed and coastal areas.

The team at The Right Roses believe that this is a great trait to have. Those gardeners living in the coastal areas would really appreciate her ability to tolerate strong wind. Nothing would pain us more when seeing our roses being tortured by the wind. Something like 45 Km/h wind. Image our garden after those windy days. Having a robust rose like Princess Anne in our gardens would be a great help.

Princess Anne rose: The cons

Princess Anne rose has three weaknesses.

First, her spent blooms do not look particularly nice. Blooming in clusters is a great trait of hers. However, as soon as the perfect moment passes, her spent blooms look quite messy.

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Princess Anne rose. The Right Roses. Rose ‘Princess Anne’ fades to purple. Photo credit:

Second, Princess Anne does not maintain her beautiful rick pink color. Her blooms would gradually fade to a purple shade.

Third, her fragrance is not ‘strong’. David Austin described her fragrance strength as ‘medium’. However, the team at The Right Roses thinks that it is quite light. It would be great if she could have a stronger fragrance.

Princess Anne rose: The similarities

David Austin has introduced two quite similar roses.

First, Young Lycidas (2008) has a similar rich pink shade. However, her disease resistance is not as good as Princess Anne. To compensate for that, Young Lycidas (2008) produces a strong fragrance.

Second, Gabriel Oak (2019) is a wonderful rose. He is as floriferous (if not more) as Princess Anne. He has an excellent disease resistance and a strong fragrance. He is probably the most all round rose you can find!!!

Princess Anne rose: The details

Height & Spread: 4ft x 4ft Color: Rich pink Fragrance: Light (The Right Roses), Medium (David Austin)
Fragrance notes: Tea Flowering: Repeat flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Partial sunlight Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12 cm) Disease resistance: Excellent

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1 month ago

I really enjoy reading your comments to DA roses. Somehow your comment is the criteria for me to pick a rose for my garden. About Princess Anne, both you and DA website consider this rose an extremely healthy variety however, her disease resistance only got 7 points, a little bit above average. Just wonder why . Any particular reason?

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