While the picture of the Falstaff rose below is not of a perfect specimen (late in the season, and bloom was getting a little old), it does still
show the wonderful coloring and form of the flower. What is doesn't show, is the way the sunlight plays with the petals creating a wonderful
glow, or the rich heady old rose fragrance.
The wonderful colors of Falstaff, a David Austin English Rose
While this is classed as a shrub, you can grow this as a small climber: under the right conditions it is happy to reach to 6-10 feet. The ones that I have seen have tended
to be kept pruned to about shoulder height. As this variety produces large and heavy blooms, the flowers may nod a little, so growing
it up a trellis is one way to ensure a great display.
In common with many of the recommended English Rose varieties, this is easy care and disease resistant. David Austin said this about his English Roses...
If you do no more than work the soil to a reasonable tilth and then plant your roses, firming them in gently, you can be sure of reasonable results.
If you then prune them each year to a height of about two-thirds, you will have good results every year.
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.
Bred in 1985, part of David Austins English Rose collection. Rated by Austin as one of the more fragrant of his creations.
The very first of David Austins English rose collection, Constance Spry is still as popular as ever after more than 50 years.
While the picture of the Falstaff rose is not of a perfect specimen, it does still show the wonderful coloring and form.
Named after a famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll is a classic English rose from the 1980s. A creation of David Austin Roses.
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.
This is one of the earlier of the Austin English roses. No longer actively marketed due to it being superceded by better varieties.
David Austin did the rose world a great service, with his introduction of the English Roses. The Pilgrim is one of his best.