The days are longer, the birds are singing and it’s starting to warm up out there. Much as I love Spring, it seems like a good time to feast our eyes on some beautiful roses and look forward to the heady days of summer.
First up is Ispahan Damask
a shrub rose that flowers through summer and into autumn with a lovely fragrance, 1-1.5 x 1-1.5m
Boscobel has dark orangey buds developing into paler shades as it opens, a delicious scent too, 1 x 1m.
The Pilgrim is a lovely soft yellow, it has a gorgeous fragrance and reaches about 2.5 metres high.
A red and white striped rose might seem a bit garish, but Rosa Mundi has such a subtle look and maybe because it’s such an old rose, dating back to the 17th century, it actually looks quite classy.
It has a beautiful, sweet scent, though a fleeting flower time and grows to 1.2 x 1.2 metres.
Growing roses through woven hazel twig domes, as in Arne Maynards’ garden at the Chelsea Flower Show, is such a good idea.
Roses are happiest when planted in a sunny part of the garden with good, rich soil.
David Austin has some beautiful roses.