Three golden rules to prolong flowering
Keeping roses going until the first frosts is easy when you know how, especially if you choose varieties suited to late summer/early autumn flowering – here are five of the best from David Austin Roses.
There are three golden rules to follow:
1. Choose repeat-flowering varieties.
2. Keep dead-heading to promote new flowers.
3. Feed with a rose fertiliser in spring and summer to give them the energy to keep on flowering.
Desdemona: My favourite white rose. It’s an English shrub rose with a very long flowering season and a strong fragrance. Its peachy-pink buds open to reveal beautiful, pure white blooms, with an attractive hint of pink at the earliest stage of flowering. From £17.
Olivia Rose Austin: This English shrub rose is an excellent all-rounder with rosette blooms. The shallowly cupped, soft pink rosettes with a strong, fruity fragrance. Good for disease resistance. From £17.
Lady of Shalott: An all-time favourite, very hardy and reliable on poor soils or for beginners. Striking apricot-yellow, chalice-shaped blooms with a medium-strength fragrance. RHS Award of Garden Merit, from £17.
England’s Rose: An English shrub rose with almost continuous large clusters of flowers. Deep, glowing pink flowers with a strong spicy Old Rose fragrance. Very healthy and rain-resistant, good for disease resistance and beginners. From £17.
Roald Dahl: An English shrub rose with very free-flowering peach blooms, produced almost continuously. Orange-red buds open to cupped peach rosettes with a tea fragrance. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. From £18.50.
Bare root roses are available to order now, with delivery in November. For more information, visit www.davidaustinroses.co.uk.