No garden should be without a rose. It is important to make the right choice you will probably want to choose a disease resistant variety that has wonderful perfume and will flower continually through the summer. The modern shrub roses answer all these requirements. Here are three of my favourites (all have been awarded RHS gold medals):
Rosa ‘Jaqueline du Pre’ (‘Harwanna’)
This is a modern shrub rose with beautiful blush white semi-double flowers in clusters with saffron-pink anthers in the centre. It is a very healthy variety with wonderful perfume. Grow in humus rich soil that is moist but well drained. This rose can take some shade.
H120cm x S90cm
Flowers: Early June and September
Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ (‘Austernard’)
This rose was bred by David Austin in 2007 and is named after the home where Gertrude Jekyll lived in Surrey. It has a deep crimson colour with a rich old rose perfume with notes of blackberries and blackcurrant. The leaves start out a red and bronze colour and mature to mid green colour. It is a very robust and has been bred for disease resistance. This rose likes full sun in a rich moist but well drained soil to grow well.
Flowers: June and September
Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ (=’Ausbord’)
Another of David Austin’s repeat flowering English roses. The flowers have a beautiful rich pink colour and are large rosette-shaped blooms with a knockout perfume. This rose has an upright form which is vigorous, reliable and free flowering. If you can bare to, it is a lovely rose for a vase in your house. It grows best in a rich moist, well-drained soil, in full sun or part shade.
Flowers: July and September
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