The English Roses
by David Austin
Approximately 160 colour photographs
"The rose has always been the best loved of all garden flowers and with the English Rose our aim has been, quite simply, to breed a more beautiful rose on a more beautiful shrub." David Austin
In this book he describes how he set out to combine the beauty and fragrance of the Old Roses with the repeat-flowering and wide colour range of the Modern Roses. 'The English Roses' features exquisite new photographs and detailed descriptions of his best-loved and more recent varieties.
Here for the first time, he presents an entirely new classification of his roses, which helps us to appreciate them better and to understand their great diversity. He describes the characteristics of the original Old Rose Hybrids; a group he has called 'The Leander Group' which leans a little more towards the Modern Rose in appearance; The English Rose Musk Hybrids; English Alba Hybrids and English Climbing Roses. Each group has its own unique beauty.
With The English Roses, David Austin has returned to the flower form of the Old Roses and has created and re-introduced many different rich fragrances. With their pleasing, shrubby habits of growth and their ability to flower continually throughout the summer, The English Roses are amongst the most beautiful and useful of garden flowers.
"The English Rose has been one of the great gardening success stories of the past 40 years.The breeding of a new English rose is a process of dazzling complexity" Jackie Bennett in The English Garden
"Many people have tried to breed their own English Roses but none of them have ever seemed to understand their indefinable quality, charm - which is best expressed as softness, delicacy and prettiness." David Austin
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