Jackson & Perkins had a great deal on a group of David Austin™ English Roses earlier this year, so I succumbed to their beauty and bought some. They came before we really had a break in the weather and I could plant them in the ground, so I soaked them, then planted them in potting soil in large pots. They're all now planted in the gardens, of course, and blooming fairly nicely.
David Austin™ Roses are bred by crossing old garden roses with more modern roses to achieve the superb fragrance, delicacy and charm of the old-style blooms combined with the repeat flowering characteristics and wide color range of modern roses. Some English varieties are extra vigorous in warm areas as very large shrubs and some may want to become semi-climbers. Hardy in zones 5 through 10.¹
Now living in our gardens are Abraham Darby, Golden Celebration, Falstaff, Jubilee Celebration, Glamis Castle, Crown Princess Margareta. For the most part, they're all still small, thanks in part to our hot, dry summer. But Golden Celebration and Crown Princess Margareta both show signs of being possible climbers, judging from the long stems they've already produced. No open flowers yet on these two, but several buds are present.
The big surprise, for me anyway, has been Glamis Castle (pronounced Gläms). White roses have never had much appeal for me, but this one has won me over. It's a very small plant at this point, but it's been blooming its heart out. And the flowers are gorgeous. They remind me of camellias as they unfurl.
Glamis Castle is the childhood home of The Queen Mother and the legendary setting of Shakespeare's play Macbeth.
The other English Roses have been blooming off and on and I'm rather proud of their performance, being new and young and all, and in spite of this horrid hot dry weather. I'm just happy they haven't died.