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David Austin Roses in the UK

As a garden centre that has specialised in David Austin Roses for many years, customers often ask the Boma Garden Centre team questions about the best roses, the ideal planting location and the sizes and types of roses at the garden centre.

What are the best David Austin roses for scent?

The best David Austin Roses for scent include Rose species, starting with Gertrude Jekyll, Harlow Carr and Scepeter'd  Isle, listed below, each with its unique fragrance,
If you would like to 'smell the roses' before buying them online, then pop into Boma Garden Centre in Kentish Town, where you can see and experience the roses up close. 

The Best David Austin Roses for Scent

How high do David Austin Shrub Roses reach?

David Austin Shrub Roses can grow to heights between 3 ft to 5 Ft once you have established them in the garden.
Varieties of roses not available online are available at the garden centre. 

  • Medium Shrub 3-4ft (90-125cm)
  • Large Shrub 4.5ft (140cm)
  • Very Large Shrub 5ft (150cm)

Boma stocks the following David Austin Roses

 

Rose Variety

Height in cm

Height in ft

SUSAN WILLIAMS-ELLIS

110

3 ½ ft

TRANQUILLITY

125

4ft

THOMAS À BECKET

140

4 ½ ft

GABRIEL OAK

125

4ft

GERTRUDE JEKYLL (shrub)

110

3 ½ ft

Princess Anne

125

4ft

MAYFLOWER

110

3 ½ ft

EUSTACIA VYE

125

4 ft

OLIVIA ROSE AUSTIN

110

3 ½ ft

EMILY BRONTË

125

4ft

WISLEY 2008

140

4 ½ ft

SILAS MARNER

110

3 ½ ft

THE POET'S WIFE

110

3 ½ ft

CHARLES DARWIN

110

3 ½ ft

ROALD DAHL

90

3ft

PORT SUNLIGHT

140

4 ½ ft

LADY OF SHALOTT

125

4ft

DAME JUDI DENCH

110

3 ½ft

THE LARK ASCENDING

150

5ft

How tall can a climbing or rambling rose reach?

Typically, rambling roses grow much faster and taller than climbing roses between 8 to 40Ft. Check the height on the David Austin Rose label before buying the plant.

David Austin Climber/Rambler Rose Heights

What are the bloom sizes of David Austin roses?

David Austin Roses range in bloom size between 1" to 5" (2.5 to 12.5cm)

David Austin Bloom Size

  • Small 1-2" (2.5-5cm)
  • Medium 2-3.5" (5-9cm)
  • Large 3.5-5" (9-12.5cm)

What type of soil do David Austin roses need?

David Austin Roses thrive when adding SylvaGrow Organic Farmyard Manure and John Innes No 3 soil-based compost to all types of soil, and will improve roses that you plant in clay-type soil.

Which David Austin Roses are best for garden planters?

Boma garden centre offers David Austin Roses that thrive in planter containers. These varieties have a compact growth habit and a long flowering period.  

The best David Austin Roses for Garden Planters

How do you plant David Austin Roses?

Planting guide for David Austin Roses

Boma stocks David Austin Roses in 6 Litre pot sizes. The following instructions are the best way to plant roses.  

  1. First, water the plant thoroughly. Next, use a fork and loosen the soil structure in preparation for digging a hole.
     
  2. Then use a garden spade to dig a hole roughly twice the size and depth of the plant's container.
     
  3. Next, fill the bottom third of the planting hole with SylvaGrow Organic Farmyard Manure.
    Watering in preparation to plant David Austin Roses by Boma Garden Centre Kentish Town London
     
  4. Place a small handful of Mycorrhiza fungi in the bottom of the planting hole to aid the plant's root development as the plant establishes.
     
  5. Remove your rose from the pot and start to tease the roots out from the root ball.
    Planting David Austin Roses with Boma Garden Centre Kentish Town London
     
  6. Place the rose into the planting hole. Make sure the rootstock of the rose is planted slightly lower than it was in its original pot to help prevent the growth of 'Suckers' appearing from the Rose bush's rootstock.

    More about Caring for Roses and Suckers
     
  7. Once you've established the final planting position, backfill the hole with a mixture of SylvaGrow Multipurpose Compost, Farmyard Manure and John Innes 3 Soil. Be careful to remove large clogs or rubbly from the soil and place them around the rose.
    Planting David Austin Roses at Boma Garden Centre Kentish Town London
     
  8. Finally, firm the soil around the base of the rose and water it once finished.
    Watering David Austin Roses at Boma Garden Centre Kentish Town London

You can mulch Roses after planting to keep weeds down. The Boma recommends using a thick mulch of SylvaGrow Organic Farmyard Manure around the rose after planting. Do not mulch roses with composted bark, as this can absorb nutrients from the soil competing with the rose plant.

How windy and exposed can the site be for planting roses?

Roses prefer a more sheltered spot away from strong winds as this can cause damage from wind rock to the rootstock and impede the rose blooms.

Should I worry about the roses getting enough rain?

If you are planting Roses close to your house or a tall fence, pay attention to watering as the Roses may be within a rain shadow and therefore sheltered from the rain.

How much space should I allow for each Rose plant?

If the area you wish to plant the rose has a lot of large plants, they will compete for water and nutrients with your David Austin Rose. Plant the rose shrub 3 feet (1m) from other plants and 2 feet (60cm) apart from other roses To give your rose plant enough space.

How much light does a David Austin Rose plant need?

The more sun, the better, with 6 hours a day being ideal. However, some shade during the midday heat in a hot summer can be beneficial. David Austin also offers roses suitable for shade as well.

What types of David Austin roses are best for shade?

If you have a shady area in your garden, you can still enjoy the gorgeous scent of a David Austin Rose. A top tip to remember is that white flowering roses help to illuminate a dark corner of the garden. Spring is the time to buy Roses for shady spots in the garden.  

Boma Garden Centre stocks the following David Austin Roses for shade.