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Othello - An Early English Rose

Dark scarelet fading to purple blooms

This is one of the earlier of the Austin English roses. Bred in 1986, it is no longer actively marketed due to it being superceded by better varieties. That means you may find it difficult to get a bush from a commercial nursery. Your best bet is to find somebody with a plant and beg a few cuttings from it.

Why no Longer Marketed?

While there are many great things with the Othello rose, it does have a few drawbacks. On the plus side, it has massive fragrant blooms, that start off deep scarlet and then fade to various shades of purple. Just wonderful!

The negatives are that is one time bloomer. A big flush in early summer, and then very little for the rest of the season. Fantastic while it lasts, but your canes will be bare by late summer. It is also a little prone to some of the common diseases, so it's going to need a bit more attention than some of the other English varieties. And finally, it does tend to be a bit on the thorny side.

But if you can overlook these things, then it's certainly worth growing. IF you can find it, that is. I've had my eye open for a specimen for a while now, and no luck yet.

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 No longer actively marketed due to it being superceded by better varieties.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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