David JC Austin

Country Homes & Interiors - - GARDEN NOTES -

With 18 Gold medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show un­der his belt, David JC Austin, Manag­ing Direc­tor of David Austin Roses, is a world ex­pert on rosegrow­ing. Who bet­ter to chat to us about these fab­u­lous flow­ers?

How long has your fam­ily been grow­ing roses? My grand­par­ents were farm­ers in Shrop­shire and my father (david Austin, who founded the com­pany) grew up with a pas­sion for plants. he fell in love with old roses and set out to breed va­ri­eties that com­bined the old-rose charm and fra­grance with the colour range and re­peat-flow­er­ing of mod­ern roses. his first, ‘Con­stance Spry’ (above), was in­tro­duced in 1961 and, by 1969, david Austin Roses was born.

What do you love about your job? i get the chance to visit gar­dens and nurs­eries across the world and spend time looking at very beau­ti­ful roses.

Tell us about your favourite new va­ri­eties. ‘Roald dahl’ is an el­e­gant rose with peach flow­ers and a lovely tea fra­grance. ‘imo­gen’ has softly fra­grant pale le­mon-yel­low flow­ers, and ‘Bathsheba’, a climber, has wide, full-petalled rosette-shaped flow­ers in rich apri­cot-pink.

What’s the per­fect rose for a coun­try gar­den? A scented shrub or climber that flow­ers for many months, stays healthy and, most im­por­tantly, is beau­ti­ful. the pink scented shrub rose ‘olivia Rose Austin’ would be my choice.

What do you like to plant along­side roses? Peren­nial gera­ni­ums, cat­mint and pen­ste­mons. Just don’t grow them di­rectly at the base of the roses as they’ll take the lion’s share of wa­ter and nu­tri­ents.

David Austin Roses, 01902 376300, davi­daustin roses.co.uk.

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