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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

Roses Fit For A King!


Seven regal roses have been handpicked by David Austin ahead of this summer’s historic coronation.


The 6th May 2023 is a date that will go down in British history, so it seemed fitting to mark it in a way that’s symbolic and special with a little help from a great British brand. Ahead of King Charles III’s early summer coronation, David Austin Roses shares its commemorative collection of seven garden roses. Composed of seven English shrub roses, there’s a royal story behind each and every stem.


David Austin commented: “There is something in the act of planting a rose in your garden to honour this moment in history that we find particularly reflective. Perhaps it’s the metaphor of putting down roots, the promise of growth and the hope of bloom and glory.”


“Whichever regal rose speaks to you most, bedding it into your garden this May is the perfect time for it establish, ready to flower come summertime.”


The Coronation Collections By David Austin Roses comprises:


1. ROYAL JUBILEE

Named for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her Diamond Jubilee

Introduced in 2012

Character Notes : Chalice-shaped blooms in a deep pink with paler pink undersides and a rich, fruity fragrance


2. ELIZABETH®

Named in memory of The late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Introduced in 2022

Character Notes : Large apple blossom pink rosettes surrounded by petals in blush white and a sweet scent of lemon sherbet and Old Rose


3. PRINCESS ALEXANDRA OF KENT®

Named for Princess Alexandra, cousin to Queen Elizabeth II and both a keen gardener and great lover of roses

Introduced in 2007

Character Notes : Unusually large bright pink flowers with a fresh Tea fragrance that evolves into lemon with hints of blackcurrants


4. WILLIAM AND CATHERINE

Named for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their wedding day

Introduced in 2011

Character Notes : Shallow cups of white, full-petalled blooms with a pure myrrh scent


5. PRINCESS ANNE

Named for Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal

Introduced in 2010

Character Notes : Large and fragrant rich pink clusters with thick and polished foliage


6. ANNE BOLEYN

Named for the second of Henry VIII’s six wives

Introduced in 1999

Character Notes : Sprays of cupped rosette blooms in a pretty mid-pink tone


7. ENGLAND’S ROSE

Named in recognition of the birthplace of the English Rose

Introduced in 2010

Character Notes : Glowing pink petals with a button eye and spicy Old Rose fragrance

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