The romantic Mr Darcy
WE are delighted to announce the introduction of the Mr Darcy rose, bred by John Scarman, renowned nurseryman and author of Gardening with Old Roses. ‘Like Austen’s hero,’ says Mr Scarman, ‘this shrub rose is upright, shrugs off the rain, and… relishes the company of well-behaved neighbours. As a result of good breeding, it suffers very little in the way of disease.’
Unlike Eliza Bennet’s paramour, this Mr Darcy is a soft lilac-pink and appears in the style of a 19th-century Gallica rose. It boasts an ‘intense and seductive’ perfume—in this respect, we are unable to comment on the resemblance to its namesake.
Mr Darcy’s heady scent has won it a Gold Medal (Hybrid Tea class) in the coveted Prix du Public Du Concours (La Plus Parfumée) at the Concours des Roses at Roeulx, Belgium. Visit www.johnscarman.com for more information. All roses are supplied by post, bare-rooted, from October to March.