New English roses for 2017 from David Austin

DAME JUDI DENCH (Ausquaker) English Musk Hybrid

Rich apricot blooms with a lovely fresh tea fragrance

We are delighted to name this rose after one of Britain’s most beloved stars of stage and screen, ‘Dame Judi Dench’. A beautiful rose; the blooms are a particularly rich shade of apricot, paling prettily towards the edges, lending a certain radiance. Beginning as striking, red-tipped buds they gradually open to reveal large informal rosettes, each with ruffled petals and a button eye. Maintaining their beauty throughout their time in flower, they are very resistant to rain damage and the petals drop neatly. There is a lovely, light-medium fragrance, which combines classic tea with a fresh note of cucumber and a hint of kiwi. ‘Dame Judi Dench’ is a particularly reliable and healthy variety. A vigorous grower, it produces strong, arching stems which, over time, form an attractive mound of blooms. The arching stems encourage many side shoots, which produce a generous second crop of blooms. To encourage further repeat-flowering and to stop the production of hips, we recommend dead-heading the spent blooms. 4 x 4ft.

VANESSA BELL (Auseasel) English Musk Hybrid

Large clusters of very free-flowering, soft yellow blooms

‘Vanessa Bell’ is a rose of delicate beauty with an alluring freshness and grace. Rounded, pink-tinged buds open to reveal deep, medium-sized cups held in large, open clusters. Soft lemon-yellow, paling to white at the edges, the delicate texture of the outer petals is such that the light runs through them creating a pleasing, almost luminous effect. The inner petals frame a rich yellow eye deep in the centre of each bloom. It is very free-flowering, producing blooms almost continuously throughout the summer months. There is a lovely medium strength fragrance, which is best described as green tea with aspects of lemon and, at times, honey. It forms a bushy and upright shrub, which complements both formal and informal plantings. Being extremely floriferous, it also makes a wonderful hedge. 4 x 2½ft.

JAMES L. AUSTIN (Auspike) English Old Rose Hybrid

Large blooms of deepest cerise pink with a delicious fruity scent This rose is a great beauty. The blooms are of deepest cerise pink, with numerous petals forming perfect large rosettes, each with a central button eye. It flowers prolifically from early summer until the first frosts and the blooms are not affected by bad weather. The medium strength fragrance is delicious, resembling a mixture of dark fruits: blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry and cherry with hints of lemon zest and almond. Neat and tidy with a bushy, upright habit, ‘James L. Austin’ is a very versatile shrub. Worthy of a place in a formal rose border; it is equally at home in a large pot, with other flowers in a cottage garden style planting or grown as a beautiful, fragrant hedge. 3½ x 2ft.

Named for the son of David Austin Senior and brother of David Austin Junior.

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