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Constance Spry

The very first of David Austins English rose collection, Constance Spry is still as popular as ever after more than 50 years on the market. While it has been supersceded by new and improved varieties, Constance will always hold a special place in the hearts of rose lovers.

Constance Spry Rose

David Austin's very first English rose, Constance Spry. Copyright information

The Very First English Rose

Not only was this the first of the English roses, it was also the first of them to have that famous Myrrh scent. So for that fact alone, it is one of my favorite pink roses.

It's reasonably hardy in cold climates (rated as USDA 5b and warmer), and it is only once flowering in the summer. You will also need to keep an eye on blackspot, rust and other common rose ailments. But for all that, I would still grow this. That mid summer flush makes all its other shortcomings worth it, in my opinion.

Parentage

Belle Isis (Gallica, before 1845) x Dainty Maid (Floribunda, 1940)

Growing Constance Spry

As this will grow quite large (perhaps 5-6' as a shrub, another few feet as a climber) it will take some time to get itself established. If you plant this a a new bareroot rose, allow 3 years before you see it at its best. Those first 3 years it will be getting settled. That means only a spring bloom, with sporadic flowers through the rest of the season.

But don't get discouraged. Once it has put on some growth and is well settled, watch out! It will bloom all summer, with masses of huge fragrant flowers. Prepare your rose bed well with plenty of rotted horse manure (roses LOVE it) and compost, and Constance will reward you with years of beautiful blooms.

More English Roses

With around 200 different varieties, we are never going to get a definitive collection of them. However, we will continue to add new pictures and descriptions as we come across more varieties in both public and private gardens.

Abraham Darby
Bred in 1985, part of David Austins English Rose collection. Rated by Austin as one of the more fragrant of his creations.
Constance Spry
The very first of David Austins English rose collection, Constance Spry is still as popular as ever after more than 50 years.
Falstaff
While the picture of the Falstaff rose is not of a perfect specimen, it does still show the wonderful coloring and form.
Gertrude Jekyll
Named after a famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll is a classic English rose from the 1980s. A creation of David Austin Roses.
Golden Celebration
You may also see this labeled as the Ausgold.  It was first released by David Austin in the early 1990s.
Jude the Obscure
There is nothing descriptive of the rose in this name. And nothing romantic either, unless you are a fan of the novelist Thomas Hardy.
Othello
This is one of the earlier of the Austin English roses. No longer actively marketed due to it being superceded by better varieties.
The Pilgrim
David Austin did the rose world a great service, with his introduction of the English Roses. The Pilgrim is one of his best.

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