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William Shakespeare 2000

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

Rich, quartered blooms with a strong Old Rose fragrance
Exquisite, rich velvety crimson blooms, gradually changing to an equally rich purple. Strong, warm Old Rose fragrance. Neat, upright growth.
  • Bred by David Austin
  • Suitable for zones 5 to 9
$27.95
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Delivery information

Under $10 $5.95 s&h

$10 - $20 $9.95 s&h

$20.01 - $60 $14.95 s&h

$60.01 - $100 $19.95 s&h

$100.01 - $150 $24.95 s&h

$150.01 - $200 $29.95 s&h

$200.01 - $300 $34.95 s&h

$300 and over $39.95 s&h

For orders to Canada, Alaska and Hawaii, please add $20.00 to the normal shipping charge.

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We offer a 5 year guarantee

We aim to supply roses of the highest quality. However, with livingplants problems occasionally arise. If any roses are damaged on receipt, or if they fail to grow in the first 5 years, we will replace them free of charge. Roses shipped outside the recommended planting time for your zone will not be guaranteed. For more details about our guarantee, please contact our customer service team on 800-328-8893.

Rose characteristics

  • Rose Type English Rose - bred by David Austin
  • Growth Type Shrub Rose
  • Sub Type English Old Rose Hybrid
  • Color Crimson
  • Fragrance Strength Strong Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Poor
  • Height 4ft
  • Width 3ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2000
  • Appellation AUSROMEO
  • Suitable for zones Zones 5-9
  • Petal Count 120 petals
  • Patent 13993
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Roses are easy to care for

  • Water until well established
  • Prune once in the winter
  • Feed twice, once in spring and once in summer

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we’ve been asked many times in the past. If your question isn’t covered visit our dedicated FAQ’s page or contact one of our helpful rose experts.

What is the difference between a climber and a rambler?

Climbers generally have large blooms on not too vigorous, rather stiff growth and most repeat flower. Ramblers are in general, much more vigorous. They will produce great quantities of small flowers, although most do not repeat flower. There are exceptions to both these rules: for instance, Malvern Hills and Snow Goose are repeat-flowering ramblers whereas Constance Spry Climbing is a once flowering climber. Most climbers are best for walls, trellises, arches and obelisks whereas ramblers are generally better for growing into trees and covering pergolas or large structures such as garages or sheds.

What’s the difference between a potted and a bare root rose? Which is best?

When ordering from us you have the choice of buying our roses as bare roots or in 2 quart pots. The bare root roses are 2 year old plants, whereas the 2 quart pots are 32 weeks old. Neither option is superior, it is simply a matter of personal choice. Whichever option you choose, your roses are guaranteed to bloom next summer – and for many summers to come.

Please note: ramblers, once flowering Old Roses and species roses all flower on mature wood and therefore may not flower in the first year after planting

BARE ROOT ROSES

Availability period: January – May

Bare root roses are dormant plants, dug up from the field and shipped without soil. They are the ideal choice if you’re purchasing a large number of roses, as they are very lightweight and are therefore easier to handle in the garden.

2-QUART POTTED ROSES

Availability period: April - October

Planted in a carefully selected planting mix; these own root roses are available for delivery this April - October, enabling you to plant roses outside of the bare root rose season. Our own root roses are grown from cuttings, so the roots are the same variety as the flowers, unlike our bare root roses which are grafted onto Dr. Huey rootstock.

Which roses can I grow in shade?

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Which are the most fragrant roses?

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Detailed Description

‘William Shakespeare 2000’s’ exquisite blooms are of the richest velvety crimson and over time gradually change to an equally rich purple. They are deeply cupped at first, the flowers soon opening out to form shallow, quartered cups. This rose has the strong, warm Old Rose fragrance that we expect, but do not always find, in deep red roses.

Growth Habit

It forms a neat, upright shrub; each stem bearing a number of flowers. Plant in a pure rose border or amongst other plants and perennials in a mixed border.

Origins

Named after the playwright who was voted ‘British Man of the Millennium’ by listeners of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. We have planted a large bed of this rose at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains.

From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

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