Great in an informal setting
This is a cracking new rose from David Austin. Reminiscent of the Species Roses, it has an air of informality that lends itself to unstructured planting schemes. The shallowly cupped magenta-red flowers, which have a strong zesty scent, are nothing less than dreamy. In summer they gently nod from the stems, forming in medium-sized heads that fill the surrounding air with their perfume. A strong grower, with excellent resistance to diseases, it is definitely worth finding a spot for it in the border. All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
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