While the picture of the Falstaff rose below is not of a perfect specimen (late in the season, and bloom was getting a little old), it does still show the wonderful coloring and form of the flower. What is doesn’t show, is the way the sunlight plays with the petals creating a wonderful glow, or the rich heady old rose fragrance.
While this is classed as a shrub, you can grow this as a small climber: under the right conditions it is happy to reach to 6-10 feet. The ones that I have seen have tended to be kept pruned to about shoulder height. As this variety produces large and heavy blooms, the flowers may nod a little, so growing it up a trellis is one way to ensure a great display.
In common with many of the recommended English Rose varieties, this is easy care and disease resistant. David Austin said this about his English Roses…
If you do no more than work the soil to a reasonable tilth and then plant your roses, firming them in gently, you can be sure of reasonable results. If you then prune them each year to a height of about two-thirds, you will have good results every year.
- Class: English, shrub
- Origin: Breeder David Austin 1990
- Habit: Shrub
- Blooms: Medium, double, 50+ petals, very fragrant, and will repeat
- Parentage: Not known