A Rose By Any Other Name: David Austin Alternatives

Roses do well in Utah’s climate and are a plant we recommend for a variety of reasons. They are relatively easy to care for, though they do require some specific pruning techniques and preventative maintenance.

David Austin is a big name in English roses which first became well-known in the 1970s. Austin created what he termed a “new-old rose” by combining the elegance, fragrance, and beauty of old-world roses with the color range, repeat flowering, and disease resistance of modern roses. David Austin roses are known as centifolia, or cabbage roses, as each flower has hundreds of petals packed into a near sphere-shape. 

With all their charm, fragrance, elegance and beauty, there is one big challenge with Austin Roses – finding them available to purchase. We have heard from many customers over the years that Glover Nursery is one of the only nurseries in our area to carry them, which we do whenever we can find them to bring in. For 2023, we should have our David Austin roses available in mid to late June. 

Fortunately, other rose growers have recognized the appeal of English-style roses and have introduced their own varieties selected to be equally fragrant, disease resistant, and so similar to David Austin roses, you would be hard-pressed to find the difference. Some such alternatives are grown by Weeks Roses, who offer several varieties that are more readily available:

NAME TYPE
All Dressed Up Grandiflora
Arctic Blue Floribunda
Celestial Night Grandiflora
Golden Opportunity Climbing
Ebb Tide Floribunda
Forever Amber Hybrid tea
Fun In the Sun Grandiflora
Julia Child Floribunda
Life of the Party Floribunda
Life’s Little Pleasures Mini
Love Song Floribunda
Queen of Elegance Floribunda
Sexy Rexy Floribunda
State of Grace Grandiflora
Violet’s Pride

Floribunda

 

As much as we love David Austin roses, for English-style roses, we recommend you take a look at these other options; we’re confident you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

 

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