The Wedgwood Rose Review | David Austin 2009
The Wedgwood rose£24.50
Suitable for containers3.0/10
Tolerance of shade7.0/10
Tolerance of poor soil5.0/10
Best for cuttings6.0/10
- Stunning and unique blooms
- Exceptionally healthy
- Very floriferous
- Hardy in winter (a minimum average temperature of -10° to -15°F)
- Does not produc an attractive shape (floppy and weak stems)
- Necks are weak. Booms face downwards.
- Her color can fade in the hot weather.
THE WEDGWOOD ROSE REVIEW | THE RIGHT ROSES
English Climbing Rose bred by David Austin
It quickly forms a superb climber, sending up many shoots from the base of the plant. The large, soft pink blooms have delicate, gossamer-like outer petals, creating a charming effect. There is a medium-strong fruity fragrance. Its ample foliage is dark green and glossy. DavidﾠAustin, 2009.
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David Austin introduced The Wedgwood for the UK in 2009. He named this rose after The Wedgwood, a renowned, fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories company founded on 1 May 1759 by English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood. This is a prime example of the co-branding strategy (intentionally or not) implemented by two influential companies to provide a unique product: Rose ‘The Wedgwood’.
David Austin seems to be a big fan of two things: English literature (particularly those written by Thomas Hardy) and pottery. David Austin has named many roses after the characters in Thomas Hardy’s novels, e.g., Eustacia Vye (2019), Gabriel Oak (2019), Bathsheba (2016). He also named many roses after the characters of other novelists, e.g., George Eliot (rose ‘The Mill On The Floss’ – 2018) and Emily Bronte (rose ‘Emily Bronte’ – 2018). In addition, David Austin named his roses after the famous pottery companies or the founder of those companies, including The Wedgwood and Susan Williams-Ellis.
Overall, The Wedgwood rose is a very good climber, although she is not one of the best David Austin climbing roses.
“Overall, The Wedgwood rose is a very good climber, although she is not one of the best David Austin climbing roses”.
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The Wedgwood rose: The pros
The Wedgwood rose has five main strengths.
First, The Wedgwood rose produces masses of stunning and unique blooms. Many gardeners sometimes raise their concern that some David Austin roses look quite similar. Therefore, sometimes it is quite hard to name a rose as soon as you see one. For example, if you take a glance at three roses: James L Austin, Princess Anne, and Gabriel Oak (2019), it is hard for many gardeners to tell which is which immediately. However, that would not happen with The Wedgwood. As soon as you see her incredibly charming blooms, she will stay in your mind forever. Many businessmen usually talk about ‘share-of-mind’. They want their products to capture a share of their customers’ mind and stay there permanently. It is a prime example for that concept. It is like love-at-first sight. It would not happen a lot. But it does happen with The Wedgwood. You can tell her name instantly once you see her extremely gorgeous, gorgeous blooms!
Second, The Wedgwood is a very healthy rose. David Austin rated her disease resistance as “excellent”. Moreover, gardeners around the world usually speak so highly about her exceptional disease resistance. Even in no-spray gardeners, she still stays very healthy. This great trait of hers gives us so much peace of mind. All we have to do, having her in our garden, is to enjoy her stunning charm.
Third, The Wedgwood is floriferous. She blooms earlier in the season and repeats well. Therefore, you will be so pleased with her strong performance. As a heavy bloomer, she produces masses of buds.
Nonetheless, she is not one of the best rose varieties for flowering. 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, The Wedgwood is very vigorous. After two years in your garden, she can get to about 6 ft tall and 4 ft wide. This is one of the best things about David Austin roses. They are very vigorous, not to mention their utmost elegance and delightful perfume. Among many exceptional David Austin roses, the team at The Right Roses suggest two most vigorous ones. Although they are shrub roses, rose ‘Carolyn Knight’ and rose ‘The Mill On The Floss’ (2018) are just incredible in terms of vigor. For instance, rose ‘The Mill On The Floss’ can get to about 5 ft tall and 3 ft wide with so many growths and shoots after just 4 months in the ground as a potted rose.
Fifth, The Wedgwood is quite hardy in the winter (a minimum average temperature of -10° to -15°F). As a result, gardeners living in the climates with colder winter have one more reason to consider her for your garden.
The Wedgwood rose: The cons
The Wedgwood rose has three main weaknesses.
First, her shape is not very attractive. In other words, her canes are very floppy and weak. Therefore, you need to give her a lot of space to stretch her arms and legs.
Second, not only canes are weak. The necks of her blooms are also very weak. Therefore, her blooms usually look downwards when she is young. As a result, it would be quite hard for you to enjoy her charm when she is young. Sometimes, you must lift her blooms up to see. However, she certainly gets better with time. Both her canes and necks become stronger if you give her a couple of years in your garden. When she is tall, it does not matter much if her blooms face downward. You can still enjoy her beauty.
In fact, David Austin roses tend to have weaker necks. This is a tradeoff that gardeners must make. As their blooms are huge with so many petals, they can be heavy. Especially, in the rain. Some varieties are better than other in this aspect. However, to enjoy their beauty, The Right Roses believe that we can put up with this little drawback.
Third, her color can fade in the extremely hot weather. This happens with all roses, not only David Austin roses. Given that David Austin roses usually possess an incredibly delicate range of colors, we just see this as the beauty of nature.
The Wedgwood rose: The similarities
David Austin at the moment is supplying 18 climbing roses (July 2019). They are also so gorgeous in their own way. If you need a pink climbing rose, you may want to consider Constance Spry, A Shropshire Lad, James Galway. Constance Spry produce a strong fragrance. However, it is an once flowering climbing rose. A Shropshire Lad’s fragrance strength is only medium. However, it can tolerate shade quite well, like The Wedgwood.
If you need the absolutely best (all round) climbing rose and care less about color, you may want to consider The Generous Gardener, Claire Austin, and Wollerton Old Hall. They all produce a strong and tasty fragrance. Moreover, they all can tolerate shade well.
The Wedgwood rose: The details
|Height: Up to 10ft (3m)||Color: Soft pink||Fragrance: Medium-strong|
|Fragrance notes: Fruity||Flowering: Repeat Flowering||Suitable for: 6ft Wall or Fence, 10ft Wall or Fence, Doorway, Obelisk or Pillar, Standard Arch, Large Arch|
|Sun exposure: Partial Sunlight||Bloom size: Medium (3.5’’ or 9 cm)||Disease resistance: Excellent|
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