Rosa Canina

Wild roses such as Rosa Canina (the dog rose) are perhaps a little plain to look at, compared to their modern cousins. Generally smaller single flowers in various shades of pink, they have one outstanding feature. The attractive red hips produced in the fall. I think that the name dog rose comes from an old belief that the rose … Read moreRosa Canina


Wild Roses: Rugosa The Rugosa rose, also known as Japanese rose and Ramanas rose. This beautiful flowering shrub is native to Asia and was first seen in China, Japan and Korea where it grows along the coastline in sandy soiled areas. The name ‘Rugosa’ rose actually comes from the Japanese word ‘Hamans’ which means ‘shore pear’, due to its prickly bush … Read moreRugosa


Veilchenblau, a Lilac-lavender colored rose makes our list of top five ramblers for some very good reasons. It is wonderfully fragrant, nearly thornless, easy to grow, and somewhat shade tolerant.  Vielchenblau Rambler Class: Rambling, Hybrid Multiflora Origin: Johan Schmits 1909 Habit: Climbing, up to 6m Blooms: Masses of smaller semi-double flowers, no repeat. Very fragrant Parentage: Crimson Rambler … Read moreVeilchenblau

Centifolia Rose

Centifolia (Cabbage) Rose The Cabbage rose (Centifolias), also called ‘Provence’ rose, was first cultivated in the Middle Ages and is famous for its strong floral scent and large double petalled flowers. The flowers are always a rich pink colour with greyish green foliage on a long stem. Due to a wonderful strong frangrance the Cabbage rose is … Read moreCentifolia Rose

Constance Spry

Constance Spry The First English Rose The very first of David Austins English rose collection, Constance Spry is still as popular as ever after more than 50 years on the market. While it has been supersceded by new and improved varieties, Constance will always hold a special place in the hearts of rose lovers. Unfortunately, … Read moreConstance Spry