‘Mary Rose’ – David Austin English Rose
Among the most popular of Mr. Austin’s roses, once in your garden you’ll see why. It was my first Austin to bloom and if deadhead, will re-bloom very quickly all throughout the season.
As you can see, this has a classic english rose form and has a very sweet fragrance that so many of us yearn for in other modern varieties.
Many do not recommend it for cutting and belive the blooms are best left on the bush. I tend to disagree. Any rose worth growing is worth sharing, and so I cut mine and share liberally.
As you can see, cut stems of this rose are very pleasing in a vase and is a welcome addition to our breakfast room table.
As for disease resistance, I believe it to be very good. You must remember that english roses take a minute (3 years) to really get acclimated in your garden. They need to put down a good root system before they really begin to shine.
If I could recommend just one Austin, it would be this one. Why not give one a try? It’s National Rose Month! Celebrate by planting a rose.