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The Alnwick Rose, from the David Austin stable

The Alnwick® Rose (Ausgrab)
David Austin Recommended Variety

Category English Roses
(English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Colour Soft Pink
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Medium Shrub
Hardiness Hardy
Fragrance Old Rose with a hint of raspberry
Repeating Excellent
Special Characteristics Very beautiful, full flowers of a lovely soft pink. Strongly fragrant.

Pretty rich pink, cup shaped buds gradually open to a deeply cupped flower; later developing into a broad, full-petalled, shallow cup of a soft pink which is paler at the outer edges – a most pleasing progression. The flowers are beautiful at all stages; this illustrates very well the great variety of form to be found in the Old Rose style. ‘The Alnwick Rose’ has nice rounded, bushy growth and produces its bloom intermittently from early summer to the onset of frost. Plentiful green foliage ideally complements the flower. There is a good Old Rose fragrance with just a hint of raspberry. We are pleased to name this rose after the superb Alnwick Garden. The Duke and Duchess of Northumberland are constructing what we believe will be one of the great gardens of Britain, which will include many English Roses.

4 ft x 2.5 ft

This is all from the David Austin website, hence the glowing terms in which this rose is fêted, but I am having to agree… I have one large planter, 2m x 2m x 1m, with five plants now in their third year and having moved the whole thing on the tines of a fork lift truck earlier this season, into an open sunny site, it has rarely been out of bloom and has many admirers. Rightly so.