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'Rose Review' Series Attracting bees Award winning Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Excellent Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: strong Heat tolerance Ideal: Pots & Containers Ideal: Shady areas Rose: Shrub rose

Scepter’d Isle Rose Review | David Austin 1996

Scepter’d Isle rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Strong and tasty fragrance
  • Attracting bees
  • Very floriferous
  • Quite hardy (zones 4 - 11)
  • Tolerance of heat
  • Very vigorous


  • Only 'average' disease resistance (The Right Roses)
  • Blooms blow very quickly
  • Bloom size is only small (2'' or 5 cm)



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin


David Austin

This pretty rose bears numerous cupped flowers, each with yellow stamens. They are a lovely light pink, becoming paler on the outer petals, and have a powerful myrrh fragrance. It forms an elegant, upright shrub, its blooms held gracefully above the foliage. The name is taken from John of Gaunt’s speech, expressing his love for England, in Shakespeare’s Richard II. David Austin, 1996.

The Right Roses:

David Austin introduced Scepter’d Isle for the UK in 1996.

Scepter’d Isle is one of the top David Austin roses. Considering all her best attributes, unsurprisingly Scepter’d Isle is the ultimate favorite of many gardeners around the world.


Considering all her best attributes, unsurprisingly Scepter’d Isle is the ultimate favorite of many gardeners around the world”.

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Scepter’d Isle rose: The pros




  • Henry Edland Award for fragrance at Royal National Rose Society (RNRS)
  • Attracting bees

Scepter’d Isle rose has five main strengths.

First, she produces such a tasty fragrance. Her fragrance is strong with notes of Myrrh. Scepter’d Isle won Henry Edland Award for fragrance at Royal National Rose Society (RNRS)

However, you may want to make sure that you really like roses with hints of Myrrh. Broadly speaking, David Austin roses produces three main types of fragrance: fruity (e.g., Lady Emma Hamilton, Jubilee Celebration), old rose (e.g., Emily Bronte, Gertrude Jekyll, Desdemona), and Myrrh (e.g., Gentle Hermione, Claire Austin). Of course, it is all about personal preferences when we talk about roses. However, according to our experience, many gardeners find it easier to enjoy roses with fruity and old-rose fragrance. Myrrh is a beautiful fragrance. Nonetheless, you should make sure that it is your thing.

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.

Second, Scepter’d Isle rose is one of the few David Austin roses which attract bees to your garden. As gardeners, there is nothing that makes us happier and more satisfied than seeing our gardens attractive to bees. To be honest, we have all kinds of plants in our gardens that attract bees such as lavender, sunflower, etc. So far, David Austin has introduced 21 rose varieties which can attract bees to your garden. Here is the list: Lady of Shalott, The Lark Ascending, Tottering-By-Gently, The Lady of The Lake, Kew Gardens, Scarborough Fair, Scepter’d Isle, The Generous Gardener, Butter Cup, Morning Mist, Gentle Hermione, Skylark, The Lady’s Blush, Wild Eric, Comte De Champagne, Fighting Temeraire, Cariad, Windflower, Cordelia, Corvedale, and The Herbalist.

Third, Scepter’d Isle is such a floriferous David Austin rose. She reblooms extremely well. The team at The Right Roses believes that she is so floriferous that she blooms almost continuously. She one of those David Austin roses which reblooms quickly. We believe that it is such a great trait to have. You would not have to wait for long before she provides you with a new flush.

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).

Fourth, Scepter’d Isle is a robust rose. She can tolerate heat very well. Even in some warmer States in the US, Scepter’d Isle still performs incredibly well. In addition, she is also very hardy in the winter. David Austin suggested that she can tolerate the winter in zones 4 -11, which is more hardy than average David Austin roses.

Fifth, Scepter’d Isle is a very vigorous rose. She can get to 4ft x 4ft after only 2 years in your garden. In those areas with warmer climates, we believe that she can be even bigger.

Scepter’d Isle rose: The cons

Scepter’d Isle has three main weaknesses.

First, Scepter’d Isle is not incredibly healthy. David Austin suggested that her disease resistance as ‘excellent’. However, the team at The Right Roses thinks that her disease resistance should only be ‘average’. She is still very susceptible to black spot. In some areas, she gets black spot and other diseases very badly.

Second, her bloom size only ranges between ‘small’ and ‘medium’ (2’’ or 5 cm). We love roses with smaller blooms. They look very cute. However, if we must make a choice between large blooms and smaller blooms, we always go for those varieties which can produce large blooms, e.g., Princess Alexandra of Kent (2007) or Golden Celebration.

Third, her blooms blow very quickly in heat. Those gardeners, who love those roses lasting long on stems or in vase, may want to think twice if you are considering Scepter’d Isle.

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.

Scepter’d Isle rose: The similarities

In our opinion, Scepter’d Isle relatively resembles The Mill On The Floss (2018). The team at The Right Roses thinks that both roses have similar disease resistance. David Austin believe that they have excellent disease resistance, while we only rank their disease resistance as ‘good’. Their bloom sizes are small. And, they also have a similar shrub size (4.5 – 4ft x 4ft).

Scepter’d Isle rose: The details

Height & Spread: 4ft x 4ft Color: Light pink Fragrance: Strong
Fragrance notes: Myrrh Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Partial sunlight Bloom size: Medium (2’’ or 5 cm) (The Right Roses), medium – large (2 – 3.5’’ or 5 – 9 cm) (David Austin) Disease resistance: Average (The Right Roses), Excellent (David Austin)

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Susana Ferrer
Susana Ferrer
5 months ago

Living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, can say all is true! It makes a very nice bush, repeats flowering a lot, catches black spot easily, etc….I only disagree about bloom size being a problem…it’s true they are small, but as there four or five of them on each stem, they make a beautiful bouquet…love this rose!

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