Lady of Shalott Rose

Lady of Shalott Rose
By this point in our gardening history, the David Austin roses are legendary. It comes as no surprise that many of the David Austin roses are award winning varieties.

David Austin has devoted over six decades to breeding roses that will stand the test of time. So, whatever David Austin rose variety you choose, you are sure to find joy in growing them. They combine the very best qualities found in the modern roses and the old English roses. For his crosses, Austin chooses old roses as well as modern roses and species roses.

About fifteen years ago, Austin began a new challenge—breeding roses for cut flowers. The emphasis is on the best cut roses for weddings and special occasions.

The plant center is open to visitors. It includes a tea room and gift shop. Gardeners can purchase rose plants at the center.

Lady of Shalott Rose

One of my favorite David Austin roses is the Lady of Shalott. This shrub rose is a hybrid rose and one of the English Leander hybrids. The Lady of Shalott rose received the Royal Horticultural Society award of golden excellence.

Released in 2009, it was named a regional winner in America by the All-America Rose Selection for the Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest. It also received a separate award for its fragrance.

This bushy, vigorous, large plant is very hardy and very reliable. It is generally recommended for zones five through nine. The plant is usually 4½ to five feet in height with a four foot spread.

This rose bears wonderfully fragrant blooms. The scent has been described as clove like and spicy as well as apple-like and tea-like. The everblooming plant begins flowering in early spring and continues throughout the growing season.

The large double blooms are so full that they can feature up to 60 petals. These chalice shaped blossoms have petals that can be yellow-orange, yellow-apricot, or pink salmon. These have a golden yellow reverse and pink salmon centers.

Lady of Shalott rose is a disease resistant, robust plant that is tolerant of poor soils. Easy to grow, this can be trained on a support, such as an arbor or trellis. It can also be grown as a shrub, and is a great choice for mixed borders. The plants are available from Wayside Gardens and Burpee.

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