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17 What are David Austin roses or English roses?




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This article is from the Rose Gardening FAQ, by Bill Chandler chandler@austin.ibm.com, Jolene Adams jolene@cchem.berkeley.edu, Brent C. Dickerson odinthor@csulf.edu, Karen Baldwin kbaldwin@veribest.com, and many contributors

17 What are David Austin roses or English roses?

In 1969, English Roses, often called David Austin Roses, were introduced by
the English rose hybridizer David Austin.

David Austin tried to create roses that combine the best elements of Old
Roses (roses varieties from before 1867) and Modern Roses (such as Hybrid
Teas, Floribundas and Grandifloras). Most English Roses have flowers
resembling Old Rose flowers, cupped and rosette-shaped old-fashioned
flowers, usually with many petals. English Roses generally repeat flower
well, like the Hybrid Teas and other Modern Roses. English Roses are
available in a wide variety of colors, such as yellows not very common in
Old Roses. Many English Roses have the strong fragrances of some of the Old
Roses.

 

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