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'Rose Review' Series Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Good Fragrance: medium Ideal: 10 ft walls or fences Ideal: Shady areas Rose: Ramblers

The Lady Of The Lake Rose Review | David Austin 2014

The Lady of The Lake rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerant of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Extremely pretty blooms
  • Most fragrant David Austin rambler
  • Tolerance of shade
  • Need reasonable space
  • Attracting bees


  • Only "good" (not "excellent") disease resistance
  • No rose hips



English Rambling Rose bred by David Austin

David Austin

Its pretty, semi-double flowers, each about 2” across, are held in sprays on long, slender and flexible stems. They are a pale pink colour and of open formation, each exposing a nice boss of golden stamens. They have a fresh citrus fragrance. Named after the ruler of Avalon in the Arthurian legend. She also plays a pivotal role in Sir Walter Scott’s famous poem of the same name. DavidᅠAustin, 2014.

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David Austin released The Lady of The Lake rose in the UK in 2014. She is only one of the five rambling roses David Austin has introduced so far, including Malvern Hills, The Albrighton Rambler, Snow Goose, Mountain Snow, and herself. The Lady of The Lake is a fabulous David Austin rambling Rose. Her arch-rival for the best David Austin rambling rose position could be Malvern Hills.


The Lady of The Lake is a fabulous David Austin rambling Rose. Her arch-rival for the best David Austin rambling rose position could be Malvern Hills”.

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The Lady of The Lake rose: The pros

  • Best for 10 ft walls & fences

The best trait of The Lady of The Lake rose is her sweet and innocent appearance. She produces masses of gorgeous semi-double and pale-pink blooms. The golden stamens are clear for you to see as the blooms are formed with open and beautiful light pink petals.  The bloom size is small, about 2’’ or 5 cm. Given that she is a rambler, the relatively small bloom size is understandable.

Next, the second-best trait of The Lady of The Lake rose is her fragrance. Among the five David Austin ramblers, The Lady of The Lake produces the strongest and the most delicious fruity fragrance. Other ramblers usually only give you “light” fragrance, while The Lady of The Lake’s fragrance strength is rated as “medium”. However, according to many growers, her scent is very strong.

Moreover, The Lady of The Lake can tolerate shade very well. You can even grow her against your 10 ft North-facing wall. To me, this is a huge plus! I believe that it is probably a big positive trait for many other gardeners in the UK, where we are not particularly blessed for sunlight. It is always easier for the UK gardeners to grow those plants which are not so fussy about “full sunlight”.

In addition, The Lady of The Lake will make a reasonable size rambler. You may call her a small rambler because her height will be up to only 12.5 ft (3.75 m). She is an ideal rose for those who love rambling roses but have a limited space.

Finally, The Lady of The Lake is the only David Austin rambler so far that attracts bees to your garden.

The Lady of The Lake rose: The cons

The Lady of The Lake has two weaknesses.

First, she has only “good” disease resistance. David Austin rated a few other rambling rose varieties as “excellent” disease resistance, for example Malvern Hills and Snow Goose.

Second, The Lady of The Lake does not produce rose hips. If you would like unique Christmas wreaths, made of rose hips, year after year, then The Lady of The Lake is not the right rose for you. You may want to consider Malvern Hills.

The Lady of The Lake rose: The similarities

Among the five David Austin ramblers, The Lady of The Lake somehow resembles The Albrighton Rambler. They both have pink shade in their blooms. The Albrighton Rambler booms are blush pink, while The Lady of The Lake produce pale pink. Both can tolerate shade. The Lady of The Lake is more disease-resistant than The Albrighton Rambler. David Austin rated the former as “good” and the latter as “average”. In addition, only The Lady of The Lake attracts bees among all David Austin ramblers.

The Lady of The Lake rose: The details

Height: Up to 12.5ft (3.75m) Color: Pale pink Fragrance: Medium
Fragrance notes: Fruity Flowering: Repeat flowering Suitable for containers: No
Sun exposure: Partial sunlight Bloom size: Small ( 2’’ or 5 cm) Disease resistance: Good

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1 year ago

Thanks for your very informative post. It is a pity that Lady of the lake cannot be planted in pots. Could you recommend any DA rose which is suitable for pots and has the similar colour like Lady of the Lake? Thanks team
1 year ago
Reply to  Charlotte

Thank you Charlotte. Our Lady of The Lake is a rambling rose. Therefore, it is not the best idea to plant her in a pot. In other words, she is not one of the container roses. However, David Austin offers a few other alternatives for our rose gardens with quite similar colors, such as Emily Bronte or Queen of Sweden rose. Take a look here for David Austin soft-pink roses:

Oksana Wilson
Oksana Wilson
3 months ago

I have two DA ramblers in my garden – Lady of the Lake and Malvern Hills. And must say Lady of the Lake is my favorite. Beautiful flowers that fade gracefully from deep pink to light pink and smell gorgeous. And health is excellent.The healthiest of my roses. Better then Malvern Hills, and they grow side by side. I am not sure if my Lady has any weaknesses. On the other hand Malvern Hills’ main weakness for me is its color. It is yellow only as a bud and keeps its yellow color for a day and then basicly turns… Read more » team
3 months ago
Reply to  Oksana Wilson

Dear Oksana,

That sounds wonderful. Thank you Oksana. I totally agree with you. Lady of The Lake is such a beautiful rose. It is great to hear that you love her.

Best wishes,

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