“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Old English Roses

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When I first started my garden at Chestnut Cottage, I was set on having only old English roses.  I love the look, the fragrance, and the natural look that is so characteristic of English roses in floral arrangements.   I decided to use only David Austin English roses and I  have never been unhappy with this decision!  Gardening is a challenge at best and roses are even more of a challenge, at least for me.  But having these lovely English roses mixed in my  borders , as well as a small space designed specifically for roses, is worth all of the challenges and certainly helps develop one’s patience!

Who wouldn’t want a garden that looked like these!

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David Austin Roses

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in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

David Austin Roses

Not only are these roses spectacular in the garden, but also in bouquets.

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

David Austin Roses

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

David Austin Roses

I love getting my David Austin roses from Heirloom Roses in St. Paul Oregon.  Their roses are virus free and I think it is so important to start with this virus free stock.  They always have the best variety of David Austins and you can find them at www.heirloomroses.com.

At Chestnut Cottage, I love trying new varieties. Gardening is certainly “an ongoing experiment”, but I have had good luck with these David Austin varieties…

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“Kathryn Morley”

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“Gertrude Jekyll”

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“Jayne Austin”

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in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

“Abraham Darby”

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“Glamis Castle”

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“Constance Spry”

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I maintain a list of other David Austin favorites that I will continue to plug into the garden as space becomes available.

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in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

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in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

“Brother Cadfael”

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“St. Cecilia”

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“English Elegance”

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“Heritage”

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If these roses appeal to you, go on the Heirloom Rose site and look at all of the qualities of each of these lovely varieties and I am sure you will find these or others that would be perfect in your garden.

The only other rose that we have at Chestnut Cottage is the climber, New Dawn, that go over my roof,  up one side of the house beside the back door and over my arch coming into my back door.  Their fragrance is heavenly and the soft pink color of these roses make them a favorite.

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“New Dawn”

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In 1997, this rose was voted the most popular rose in the world by the Convention of Rose Societies! They are a repeat bloomer , so most all summer I can smell them as I come in and out of my back door.

If you have interest in these lovely old English roses, I would highly recommend two books by David Austin.

David Austin’s English Roses (2012)

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David Austin’s English roses: Glorious New roses for American Gardens (1997).

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in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

in the garden with kathryn greeley north carolina interior designer

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2 Responses to “In the Garden with Kathryn”: Old English Roses

  1. franki says:

    A rose is a rose is a…now that I will soon have “all” my time at our cabin I plan to try David Austin roses…THANKS for your ordering info!! franki

  2. Luke Dickerson says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait for my roses to bloom. May roses will be here before we know it! Do you have any tips for caring for them? I can’t wait to see more pics of your garden!

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