A little eye candy for gardeners on a winter day …
Britain’s David Austin Roses has introduced five English roses to its North American market for 2014. All are hardy in Zones 5 to 9, making them good choices for our area.
Computer problems are preventing me from uploading pictures of these beauties, but you can see them here.
‘Boscobel’ (Leander Hybrid) produces red buds that gradually open to rich salmon flowers in a classic rosette form, with a medium to strong fragrance. The plant is an upright shrub that grows to about 3 feet tall and 2-1/2 feet wide and has glossy, dark green leaves.
‘Heathcliff’ (Old Rose Hybrid), a deep crimson rose with double flowers, is named for the character in the novel Wuthering Heights. The plant has deep green leaves and an upright growth habit, reaching 3-1/2 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
'Tranquillity’ (Musk Hybrid) is an almost completely thornless rose with flowers that have a light apple fragrance and a rounded shape with neatly placed petals. The buds are tinged with red and yellow, but the petals of the open flower are white. This rose grows to 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide, or even taller if lightly pruned.
‘Royal Jubilee’ (Alba Hybrid), introduced to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, has semi-double, deep pink flowers with a chalice shape, as well as glossy, gray-green foliage. The plant has an airy growth habit that plays well with other plants in a border. ‘Royal Jubilee’ grows to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide.
'The Lark Ascending’ (Musk Hybrid) has medium-sized, semi-double flowers in an apricot color that softens over time. It’s a vigorous, healthy plant that works well in a mixed perennial border or among flowering shrubs. It grows to 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide.