Roses for the mixed border
English Roses are some of the best-loved, high-performance flowers in the garden, so they are perfect for growing in the mixed border. When David Austin set out to breed the English Roses, one of his guiding principles was that his new roses should have the natural, shrubby growth that is typical of their ancestors the Old Roses. This graceful, bushy habit makes them perfect for the mixed border. Unlike most Old Roses, English Roses have the great advantage of repeat flowering in flushes, providing colour and interest in the border from June through to the first frosts.
Gertrude Jekyll

Lady Emma Hamilton

Benjamin Britten

Harlow Carr
The mixed border allows the gardener to combine their favourite plants and shrubs to create a wonderful contrast of colour, form, texture and scent. English Roses have some of the most complex and delicious fragrances of any garden plant.

Their blooms can take many different forms, from the daintiest singles, through to magnificent, many-petalled cups or rosettes which make a delightful contrast to the airier flowers of many perennials.
Jude the Obscure

The Pilgrim

Corvedale

Golden Celebration

William Shakespeare 2000

Grace

Eglantyne
English Roses are very easy to place in mixed borders as their pure, glowing colours are designed to harmonise with the widest range of companion plants. Many of the annuals and perennials traditionally found in mixed borders attract beneficial insects into the garden which will help to keep the roses healthy.
L D Braithwaite

Pat Austin

The Mayflower

Roses can be most effective when shorter companion plants are used around them, allowing them to display their beauty to the full. Avoid using invasive perennials or shrubs which might overpower the roses. David Austin’s Rose Food is also suitable for most plants and shrubs, making it ideal for mixed borders.

The taller English Roses will add height and structure to the mixed border without the need for staking, while the more compact varieties are perfect for the front of the border. It is particularly important to plant roses in small groups in the border as this will create the most pleasing effect.
If you are keen to learn more about using roses in a mixed border, you might enjoy taking part in one of our Design Days, which are held at David Austin’s Plant Centre in Albrighton.
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24 October 2014