Ideas for English Roses

Wild about English roses? Get ideas for planting, arranging and displaying these vibrant beauties.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Photo By: Image courtesy of David Austin Roses

Plant Them in Mass

English roses have complex, delicious fragrances. Combine their many different colors, forms and textures to create striking beds and borders. Chose dainty, single flowers or multi-petaled cups that resemble peonies.

For Arching: 'Crown Princess Magareta'

Use this tall, slightly arching rose at the back of borders for a punch of apricot-orange.

Show Them Off

David Austin roses mix beautifully in arrangements with other cut flowers. ‘Queen of Sweden', a soft pink and apricot rose, is especially long-lasting in vases.

Make Simple Arrangements

Spotlight the beauty and form of individual roses by displaying one or two blooms per container. Add a few stems of purple or blue flowers to show off delicate pinks and creams.

Mix 'Em Up

English roses, with their pure, deep colors, harmonize nicely with many annuals and perennials. Beneficial insects that visit mixed borders will help keep the roses healthy, too.

Mix Master

Their natural, shrubby growth habit makes David Austin English roses excellent to use in mixed borders. Unlike many Old Roses, they are repeat bloomers that provide interest in the garden from late spring until fall frosts.

'Queen of Sweden'

The 'Queen of Sweden' rose boasts small, dainty buds that open into wide, shallow cups of soft pink with apricot. Use this myrrh-scented beauty in beds and borders, or snip the long-lasting flowers for arrangements.

For Newbies: 'Lady of Shalott'

Hardy and robust, this disease-resistant rose is a great choice for new rose gardeners. Rich orange-red buds open to loosely arranged blooms. The petals are salmon pink on one side, and golden-yellow on the reverse. The tea rose fragrance carries hints of spiced apple and cloves. Named for the Alfred, Lord Tennyson poem, the plant can be grown as a medium-sized shrub or allowed to climb.