The Teddington Gardener

Crocus Rose, from David Austin


Introduced in 2000, this is a free-flowering shrub bearing soft-apricot-paling-to-creamy-white rosette-shaped flowers with a faint scent (its only shortcoming, this). Superbly healthy and growing to a fine  4′ x 3′.

Named for The Crocus Trust, hence the odd nomenclature for plant that is not obviously a crocus.


    • Many roses will be happy, for quite a few years, in a large pot – for David Austin shrub roses, at least 50cm by 50cm – with a rich soil based compost, like John Innes No. 3. A balanced liquid feed when they come into leaf, switching to flower-boosting feed after first flush. Foliar spray of liquid seaweed extract would be good too. Any rose that is not too tall (over 1.25m) should suit. Watch the watering, as thery can be very thirsty. Hard work, flowering for months on end. Munstead Wood, Grace, Harlow Carr, Scarborough Fair, Molineux, Charlotte…

      • I love them! And they seem to hold up well in the Tuscan heat, unlike many plants. I love some of the english roses you’ve been showcasing on the blog… Think I need to clear a spot on my terrace and give one a new home…

    • David Austin have a garden of all their roses at Assisi (Assissi?), and an excellent, friendly and informative Facebook group led by Richard Stubbs (who gardens in Assisi..). An international group too. Much recommednded.

      • Thank you for this info! We are planning to visit Assisi soon so will try to visit the garden, and i think i’ll ask for some advice on varieties on Facebook, since our climate is similar. Thanks so much!

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