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Top 5 late-flowering roses

Rose Desdemona
Rose Desdemona from David Austin Roses

Three golden rules to prolong flowering

Keeping roses going until the first frosts is easy when you know how, especially if you choose varieties suited to late summer/early autumn flowering – here are five of the best from David Austin Roses.

There are three golden rules to follow:
1. Choose repeat-flowering varieties.
2. Keep dead-heading to promote new flowers.
3. Feed with a rose fertiliser in spring and summer to give them the energy to keep on flowering.

Desdemona: My favourite white rose. It’s an English shrub rose with a very long flowering season and a strong fragrance. Its peachy-pink buds open to reveal beautiful, pure white blooms, with an attractive hint of pink at the earliest stage of flowering. From £17.

Olivia Rose Austin: This English shrub rose is an excellent all-rounder with rosette blooms. The shallowly cupped, soft pink rosettes with a strong, fruity fragrance. Good for disease resistance. From £17.

Lady of Shalott: An all-time favourite, very hardy and reliable on poor soils or for beginners. Striking apricot-yellow, chalice-shaped blooms with a medium-strength fragrance. RHS Award of Garden Merit, from £17.

England’s Rose: An English shrub rose with almost continuous large clusters of flowers. Deep, glowing pink flowers with a strong spicy Old Rose fragrance. Very healthy and rain-resistant, good for disease resistance and beginners. From £17.

Roald Dahl: An English shrub rose with very free-flowering peach blooms, produced almost continuously. Orange-red buds open to cupped peach rosettes with a tea fragrance. £2.50 from the sale of each rose will be donated to Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. From £18.50.

Bare root roses are available to order now, with delivery in November. For more information, visit www.davidaustinroses.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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