The coming of the David Austin Roses or English Roses to the America's gardens has vastly increased the
popularity of all roses and particularly of old garden roses. People who were not 'rose' people have
been captivated by the variety of shapes, colors, and, most importantly, scents of these modern hybrids that
David Austin has created. This increased popularity has inspired a number of other rose growers to hybridize
in this same style. The end result is a much more diverse rose palate. More choices are always a pleasure to
a garden designer. Roses are often relegated to the "rose garden", I like them mixed into the rest of the
Other rose growers have started to produce great roses that have the old garden rose character. And they
have produced some high quality roses. The Meilland Company in France has made a big push into the market
lately with some excellent roses. These are marketed under the Romantica Rose heading.
The English Roses and Romantica Roses can be found spanning arches, espaliered against walls and fences,
or even leaping up into trees. They are often big enough to be a component of a mixed hedge or screen or
used as a climbing rose. There are also a numberof David Austin Roses that are tame enough to put in a small
space. There is such a wide range of characteristics that it is dangerous to typecast them. While many of
the heritage roses bloom only once a year, most of these English Roses bloom repeatedly. In my Southern
California climate some of these roses are nearly everblooming while others produce waves of bloom. The
sizes that are listed in most references are often much smaller than the my plants have turned out to
be. I have listed the names that I have found in books, in gardens, in nurseries, on the web, and in catalogs.
I have provided pictures of the ones that I have seen, and given garden information about the ones that I
have experience with. Click here to learn about pruning these roses.
When pruning roses the only tools I use are a pair of felco #8 pruners and a
small pruning saw. I have also put links for lefty pruners and pruners for people with small hands.
I spend a lot of time with pruners in my hand, and I demand the highest quality tools. I get that
with my felco's.