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Abraham Darby

Abraham Darby, bred in 1985 and part of David Austins English Rose collection. Rated by Austin as one of the more fragrant of his creations, this will make a great specimin shrub, or a small climber.

Abraham Darby English Rose

The peach and apricot tones of Abraham Darby

One Of The Best

This rose has a lot going for it. It has an exceptionally beautiful fruity fragrance, it's happy to train as a small climber, and it has the lovely old style blooms we all know and love. The only real negative is the large and plentiful thorns.


Somewhat surprising to me, is the fact that this rose doesn't have any of the old fashioned heritage roses as parents. Aloha (Hybdrid Tea, 1949) x Yellow Cushion (Floribunda 1945). Look at the parents however, and you can definitely see the resemblence.

Growing Abraham Darby

As this will grow quite large (perhaps 5' 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 Abraham Darby 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.
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.
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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