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David Austin introduces new roses

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: January 15, 2014

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.

The details:

‘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.

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