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.
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.
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.
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.
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