'Gardening How To' Reader Trials
Over the last few seasons, we've sent some of our favorite David Austin English Roses to take part in tests carried out by Gardening How To Magazine's member panel, which is part of the National Home Gardening Club. We are delighted that all the varieties tested have now been approved.

This means that we're able to show the following roses together with the Gardening How To member tested and recommended logo. During the trials, panel members grow the roses in their own gardens and provide a report back to the magazine. To be awarded the recommended seal, 90% or more of the reports must be positive.

Lichfield Angel, Molineux, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Carding Mill, The Alnwick Rose, Golden Celebration and Huntington Rose have all been approved and have either been featured in Gardening How To Magazine or will be featured in the next few months. We've described the roses below.
Lichfield Angel
Repeat-flowering English Rose

Lichfield Angel's beautiful flowers start as peachy pink cups, opening to form neatly cupped rosettes of creamy apricot. As the many petals turn back, the form becomes more domed and turn a wonderful shade of creamy white. The blooms are produced very freely.

This variety is very useful in a border, where it will form an attractive rounded shrub or it can be grown in a large pot or planter. The flowers combine well with other roses and flowers of all colours, providing a highlight. We have received very positive reviews from other test gardens around the US and are happy to have this confirmed by members of the National Home Gardening Club.

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Molineux
Repeat-flowering English Rose

Molineux's neat flowers are produced with exceptional freedom and continuity. The flower form is a beautiful rosette shape with rich yellow petals, deepening in color at the centre. Later in the season, the blooms often have orange tones. Molineux is a very healthy variety and has won several awards around the world for garden performance. There is a lovely tea rose fragrance.

This versatile English Rose has upright and even growth and is one of our favorite varieties for use as bedding or traditional rose beds, although it also works wonderfully well when combined with other flowering plants. Molineux can also be grown as a beautiful repeat-flowering hedge.

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The Alnwick® Rose
Repeat-flowering English Rose

The Alnwick® Rose is strong and healthy with the plentiful, polished foliage typical of the Leander Group. It is reliable and easy to grow.

The rose produces many, medium-sized cupped blooms which have a rich old rose fragrance with hints of raspberry.

The Alnwick® Rose was named for the Duchess Of Northumberland, who has created one of the most impressive large gardens of recent times in England, near Alnwick Castle. The garden contains a magnificent display of roses, including thousands of English Roses.


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Carding Mill
Repeat-flowering English Rose

Carding Mill has a beautiful and unusual coloring of mixed shades of pink, apricot and yellow. This effect is due to a characteristic that Carding Mill shares with several other English Roses, including Pat Austin and Abraham Darby. These roses all have petals with a contrasting, softer shade on the reverse of each petal and a deeper color within. There is a strong and beautiful myrrh fragrance.

This variety forms a bushy shrub rose, each bloom nodding gracefully on the stem in the classic English style.

The rose is named after a beautiful English Valley.


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Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Repeat-flowering English Rose

Tess of the d'Urbervilles has attractive, cerise-crimson coloring. The beautifully-formed blooms are deeply cupped, with many intertined petals; the outer petals eventually reflexing back. There is a pleasant old rose fragrance.

The rose is named after the heroine in Thomas Hardy's novel of the same name, which was first published in 1891.

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Golden Celebration
Repeat-flowering English Rose

Golden Celebration has magnificent, beautifully-formed blooms of soft golden-yellow. They have a delicacy and poise: a fine illustration of how even the largest blooms can be held, perfectly poised, on the branch.

There is a lovely, strong, complex scent which tends to be carried in the air. This variety forms quite a large shrub which compliments the flowers as everything is quite in proportion.

Create a superb specimen rose by planting three roses together in a group of three and pruning to form a single shrub shape.

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Huntington Rose
Repeat-flowering English Rose

The beautiful Huntington Rose has true Old Rose character, in flower form, fragrance and foliage. It is a particularly tough and healthy, producing arching stems which, at maturity, form a graceful, well-rounded shrub.

This rose is named for the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Their historic rose garden celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008.

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Other reviews
David Austin's catalog and website were reviewed by Angela England, one of the experts who writes for the online magazine Suite101.com

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24 November 2014