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'Rose Review' Series Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Excellent Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: light Highest rated roses by gardeners worldwide Ideal: Shady areas Rose: Shrub rose

Queen of Sweden Rose Review | David Austin 2004

Queen of Sweden rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerant of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Upright growth habit
  • Her blooms do not nod
  • Very healthy: 'excellent'
  • Hardier than average: Zones 4 - 11
  • Tolerance of shade


  • Does not tolerate heat
  • Her blooms do not last long
  • Not extremely floriferous
  • Light fragrance



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin

David Austin

Exquisite little buds open to half-enclosed cups, eventually becoming wide, shallow, upward-facing cups of pleasing formality. The colour begins as soft-apricot pink, gradually changing to pure soft pink over time. There is a lovely myrrh fragrance. It forms a bushy, yet upright shrub. Named to commemorate the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Sweden and Great Britain. David Austin, 2004.

The Right Roses:

David Austin introduced Queen of Sweden for the UK in 2004. He named this rose to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Treaty of Friendship and Commerce between Queen Christina of Sweden and Oliver Cromwell of Great Britain in 1654.

Queen of Sweden is a good David Austin rose. Although she is very pretty, she is not in the group of the best David Austin roses.


Although she is very pretty, she is not in the group of the best David Austin roses”.

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Queen of Sweden rose: The pros





  • Best for rose borders
  • Best for smaller hedges

Queen of Sweden rose has five strengths.

First, she has an upright growth habit without any leggy and arching canes. She must be the right rose for relatively smaller urban gardens. David Austin suggested that her size is 3ft x 3ft. However, she could be taller in warmer climates. For instance, in Zone 6 (Kansas, USA), she could be 6 ft tall. However, her height also depends on how hard you prune her every year.

Second, her blooms do not nod. Indeed, Queen of Sweden could be the best David Austin rose in terms of producing upright blooms. As a result, you do not have to lift her blooms up whenever you would like to enjoy here beauty. As you know, David Austin has introduced so many gorgeous and nearly perfect roses. However, many David Austin varieties, such as Jubilee Celebration and Royal Jubilee, share the same slightly disappointing trait, which is their weak necks. Consequently, despite their utmost beauty, their blooms face downward. It makes it quite difficult for us to enjoy their charm. This does not happen with Queen of Sweden rose.

Third, Queen of Sweden rose is very healthy. David Austin ranked her disease resistance as ‘excellent’. She is one of the very few roses which is hardly affected by something like black spot. However, she is not one of the most disease resistant David Austin roses.

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.

Fourth, Queen of Sweden is hardier than average. She can tolerate winters in zones 4 – 11, while many other varieties can only survive in zones 5 – 11.

Fifth, Queen of Sweden can tolerate shade quite well. In fact, she likes a little bit of shade so that her blooms last longer. However, we suggest gardeners give her about 4 – 5 hours of direct sun a day. However, she is not one of the best David Austin roses for shady spots.

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.

Queen of Sweden rose: The cons

Queen of Sweden rose has four weaknesses.

First, she does not tolerate heat well. In general, roses like being in sunny spots. They can be healthier and more floriferous with the more hours of direct sun. Nonetheless, Queen of Sweden does not enjoy being in the full sunlight. In particular, if you live in those warmer regions, please consider giving her some shade. The glaring sun can burn her blooms and reduce the sizes of her blooms.

Second, Queen of Sweden is not a good variety as cut flowers. This is different to what David Austin thought. David Austin rated her as one of the best for cutting, probably based on her upright habit. The team at The Right Roses thinks quite differently. Her blooms last extremely short either on stems or in vase. They just blow away so quickly.

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 flower, 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.

Third, her blooms are small (2’’ or 5 cm). David Austin suggested her bloom size is ‘medium’ (2 – 3.5’’ or 5 – 9 cm). However, that would not happen every frequently. If you want some English, David Austin roses with large blooms, you may want to consider Jubilee Celebration, Golden Celebration and Princess Alexandra of Kent.

Fourth, she is not one of the most floriferous David Austin roses. You have to be patient with her (3 years). In addition, you must prune her to encourage her blooms.

David Austin has introduced 2 climbing roses and 1 rambling rose, being best for flowering, including: Mortimer Sackler, Iceberg, 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).

Fifth, her fragrance is light. Her blooms are very pretty. However, Queen of Sweden does not produce a strong fragrance.

Queen of Sweden rose: The similarities

In terms of the upright growth habit, Queen of Sweden is similar to Boscobel, Molineux, and Alnwick. All of them forms relatively smaller shrub as well. Boscobel is extremely floriferous. If you want a pink rose, she must have her!

In terms of the disease resistance, Queen of Sweden is similar to Olivia Rose Austin. Both varities have a ‘strong’ disease resistance.

Queen of Sweden rose: The details

Height & Spread: 3ft x 3ft Color: Soft pink Fragrance: Light (The Right Roses), Medium (David Austin).
Fragrance notes: Myrrh Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Partial sunlight Bloom size: Small 2’’ or 5 cm (The Right Roses), Medium 2 – 3.5’’ or 5 – 9 cm (David Austin) Disease resistance: Excellent

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1 year ago

Always appreciate the work you do in bringing us rose growers the practical facts

Price is not an issue for a rose that will be in the garden for years to come. A good rose has to tick the right boxes! Because nothing is worse than the disappointment of having to dig up a rose you were once so excited to plant and watch grow.
I guess no rose will ever be perfect so it’s always nice to be able to balance the pros and potential cons to see what you’re willing to deal with!

4 months ago

My QoS is in almost full shade and has gone very tall and leggy (peeping over the top of the 6ft fence). Is that likely to be because of the shade? She has still flowered well, but is a bit taller than I expected / want!

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