Wollerton Old Hall – an English climbing rose with a superb Aniseed fragrance

DSCF3891Wollerton Old Hall is a recent introduction from David Austin Roses, originally added to the shrub collection but quickly upgraded to the rather exclusive club of Fragrant English Climbers (there are just a couple of dozen) – fragrant (it’s in the name), repeat flowering climbing roses, moderately vigorous and, being a recent addition to the David Austin stable, immensely healthy. Very, very photogenic too.


This is the most fragrant of this year’s new varieties and, indeed, one of the most fragrant of all English Roses. It has the distinctive myrrh scent which is rarely found in roses, appearing first in ‘Constance Spry’, and later in ‘Scepter’d Isle’. The plump buds have attractive flashes of red. These open to form round, rich buttery yellow coloured blooms which eventually pale to a softer creamy colour. Even when the flowers are fully open, they retain their beautifully rounded chalice shape. It forms a particularly healthy and bushy shrub with many stems shooting from the base. It remains relatively upright and has few thorns. With its soft colouring ‘Wollerton Old Hall’ will very easily blend with a wide range of colour schemes, planted with roses or other shrubs and perennials. Its more upright habit makes it suitable for both formal and informal situations. It should be positioned where its strong scent can be easily appreciated. Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire has one of the most beautiful private gardens in the country, not far from our nursery. The gardens are set around a 16th Century Hall and feature roses in creative plant combinations, including many of our own English Roses. Wollerton Old Hall is open to the public on selected days throughout the summer.

5 x 3ft or 8ft as a climber.

2 thoughts on “Wollerton Old Hall – an English climbing rose with a superb Aniseed fragrance

    1. Hi there, Petersham Nurseries will be getting Wollerton Old Hall in February but they would be dealing with any order – and I don’t think they have taken any orders or delivery details. If you would get in touch with them directly – greenteam@petershamnurseries.com by email, then we can reserve one when they come in and then make arrangements for UK delivery. It is such a beautiful rose, a huge chalice of a bloom with a fragrance mixing Old Rose and aniseed – marvellous. Best wishes, Martin

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