English Rose additions to my Cottage Garden

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David Austins English roses are some of my favorites and they grow extremely well for me in my Cottage Garden. Today I am sharing my English Rose additions.

I love David Austin Roses! Today, I will share my DA English Rose additions to my cottage garden so far this year, I may add more later.

Anne Boelyn David Austin rose, Flower Patch Farmhouse.com
Anne Boelyn DAR

I will group the English Rose additions together and all the other photos of English Roses are from my own garden.

How to Choose

Since there are so many to choose from and I have a tough time narrowing down the list, I am picking a criteria to help.

  1. They need to be great for cutting. (not all hold up after being cut)
  2. They need to be the most robust and disease resistant.
  3. I want frequent or constant blooming through the season.
  4. Exceptional fragrance.
Abraham Darby David Austin Rose, new roses for my garden
Abraham Darby DAR

English Rose Additions

One rose I purchased this year I did have before but lost it in a move.  I always loved that rose and how it put on a tremendous amount of blooms all Summer long.  One rose cane would have an entire bouquet on it.

Jubilee Celebration David Austin Rose

Jubilee Celebration DAR

See all those roses above? Those are all on one cane.  I purchased two of these this year and planted them 18 inches apart. The recommended distance for it to grow into a bushy looking plant. Usually they recommend 3 planted triangularly but I am on a budget, I will see how two goes and then add a third if I feel it need filling out.

I have coveted Olivia Austin DAR roses since they first came out and the many rose loving friends I follow on Instagram have been sharing theirs during summers and I had to have her.

Olivia Rose Austin,

Olivia Rose Austin DAR

She is a shorter growing rose so perfect in my Secret Garden in an island bed.  She won’t grow tall enough to block the view of other flowers growing beyond her.

Last but not least is Bascobel

Bascobel David Austin English Rose,

Bascobel DAR

The colors of Bascobel remind me of Raspberry Sherbet and should bring a darker pink to the garden.

I know these new english rose additions to my garden will go wonderfully with the ones I already have which I will share more of now.

DA English Roses I currently Grow

Golden Celebration came as a gift when I purchased some other plants and I am so happy.  I don’t buy yellow roses usually but I absolutely love this one. The hint of peach in the centers is so gorgeous.

Golden Celebration DAR
Golden Celebration

Graham Thomas was my very first David Austin English rose and how I first fell in love with DA roses.  This is a very true lemon yellow for me.  I know in different climates DA roses can bloom in colors a bit differently. Even mine can change depending on how hot or cool it is at the time.

Graham Thomas english rose additions
Graham Thomas
Tess D'Ubervilles Rose

Tess D’Ubervilles is one of my very toughest of DA roses. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.  At one time it covered my front arbor. 

Now imagine the arbor covered on both sides with the red roses.  That is how it looked.  I have since moved both of the Tess roses to other locations in my garden but you can tell it did love it here.

It now covers one of my DIY obelisks beside my Flower Patch Cottage studio.

Tess d'Ubervilles rose on easy to build garden obelisk.

This next rose I created a hedge in my Secret Garden with, along the back fence.  These are Hyde Hall and they easily grow 6 feet tall here and are covered non-stop through the summer with these wonderfully fragrant roses.

Hyde Hall DAR, English rose additions to my garden
Hyde hall DAR

There are many more but I shall let your eyes rest.  I will be sharing them along the way as they bloom this summer and I will let you know how my new English rose additions perform for me.

What new plants have you added to your garden this year?

Happy Gardening!

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  1. Sad but so true. I had a grower I bought from and the roses were not quite up to the standards of the ones I got from the DAR site so I did not buy from them again.
    I wish your success with your new DAR’s!

  2. You have inspired me to go for DAR bushes. I have some other beauties, but my supplier was sold and the new people do not seem as savvy shipping across country.
    I am taking the plunge for three DAR beauties. Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. I love English roses Pamela and used to grow many when I lived in Melbourne. The climate was perfect for them there, but our tropical weather here in Queensland isn’t as suitable for roses.
    Your garden is going to be such a delight when it is in full bloom and I look forward to you sharing it with us.
    Thank you for sharing your roses at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this post at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  4. carol bittner says:

    Love looking at your roses; each one is so lovely. Two of my roses didn’t make it through our crazy winter so now I know I’m going to try a couple DA. Only one problem……which beautiful colors to choose!!!!! I also like to paint roses and these old fashioned beauties make the perfect ‘model’ for a painting (I’m sure you agree; I’ve seen your painted roses). So much beauty!!! Thank you.

  5. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. Great info. We are in Zone 4 with occasional -30/40 winters. I will follow your instructions and see how my lovely rose does this summer.

  6. I am in zone 8 of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in N. Calif, Zone 8. Many think Zone 8 is quite warm but I have challenges and a short growing season because we are in the mountains. The tall evergreens block a lot of direct sun most of the year and we get late snows and/or frosts until nearly June. I treat my climbers like any other roses but I have made sure to purchase ones that are re-blooming. There are tons that are once blooming. Mine are all also in fairly warm spots that get a lot of sun. All roses are heavy feeders and even though mine have done well during our drought they do even better with ample water. I do have one DA climbing rose that has never done well at all and barely blooms and that is A Shropshire Lad, I am assuming I had it in a bad spot and have moved it. I am hoping it will recover and bloom heartily for me now. We shall see. If you can get some worm castings now and spread it under your climbers then when new growth is about 3 inches long fertilize with the rose food and mulch with a good compost.

  7. I know what you mean, I had to keep mine in their box in our garage for a month because snow started and kept on until just this past week when it melted enough to put them in the ground. I had to keep watch on them that they did not dry out and were holding up and they did just fine, even started to bud. I got them in the ground just a few days ago and now it is pouring rain, which is great to water them in well. Mary Rose is not one I have purchased yet but I have heard great things about her, I may need to acquire another rose soon. You can dig up the other roses and relocate them, it won’t hurt them a bit. Get help if digging them up is a bit much for you. I just dug up one and am about to dig up others to repair a rock wall.
    I am meeting more and more Pamelas and we are all garden lovers. 🙂

  8. Awesome recommendations. What zone are you in? How do you get your climbers to actually climb and bloom? Is it the worm castings, rose food and compost? Mine bloom every other year and finally decided to get over 3 feet last year. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  9. Pamela McFarland says:

    I have been enjoying your blog!! I live in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the David Austin English roses I ordered a few months ago arrived in the mail yesterday. Since the weather forecast called for snow late this afternoon and evening, I can’t get them in the ground yet. I took them out of the box today and am soaking the roots in a bucket of water. Hopefully I can plant them next week. I planted English roses 15 years ago when we moved into this home. However, the small tree nearby has grown and they are now in shade. So I’m looking forward to having DA English roses again. My favorite is Mary Rose, always the first and the last to bloom. It was named after King Henry VIII’s flagship. I also purchased Graham Thomas that I read about on your blog. Thanks for all your wonderful gardening tips. P.S. We have the same name!!

  10. Thanks for the info.

  11. I have not had issues with deer the past couple of years, my neighbor walks his dogs in the woods across from me and that seems to be keeping them at bay. Though that can change at any time. When I did have a problem I sprayed with a product that had cinnamon oil in it and it worked great as long as you sprayed frequently. I could attach it to my water house and spray everything down or I used my garden sprayer tank. It is all organic but last I heard the company was no longer around. They have others that contain peppermint oil in them and that should work just as well but be careful you don’t get any on your skin. It is not poisonous but it sure can sting. The oil stings the deer’s mouths and makes the plant unpalatable to them so they don’t eat them anymore.

  12. I have a rose food I use as well as Worm Castings. The rose food is the one in the Amazon links and you can also find it at some garden centers. Sometimes big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes carries it too. I have bought worm castings at the local Ace hardware garden center but those can be found at most garden centers as well. I mulch with compost so I am sure that helps too. I feed them at least every 4 weeks with the rose food. The worm castings I add in the early Spring and the compost anytime I think I need to add some mulch.

  13. Hi, Pamela,
    Do you have problems with deer chomping down your roses up here?

    Do you spray or put other things on your roses? Because I don’t use chemicals in my garden, I tend to not buy roses. But, they are so easy to propagate so I might consider getting some in the future.


  14. All of your roses are so beautiful! what and how often do you feed them?

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