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Sir John Betjeman

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

Clusters of dome-shaped blooms borne over a long season
More modern in character than most English Roses with an exceptionally long flowering season. Bears small clusters of brightest pink, dome-shaped blooms. Very healthy, bushy and reliable.
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • Bred by David Austin
  • Suitable for zones 5 to 10

Delivery information

Under $20 $5.95 s&h

$20.01 - $60 $14.95 s&h

$60.01 - $100 $19.95 s&h

Over $100 $24.95 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 Alba Hybrid
  • Color Deep pink
  • Fragrance Strength Medium Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Excellent
  • Height 3.5ft
  • Width 2.5ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2008
  • Appellation Ausvivid
  • Suitable for zones Zones 5-10
  • Petal Count 130 petals
  • Patent 20941
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BARE ROOT/OWN ROOT ROSES DELIVERY

All orders are shipped at the correct planting time for your zone. Please see the table below to find out when to expect shipment of your bare root roses.

USDA GROWING ZONE* SHIPMENT DATE
Zone 9 and 10 Mid-January
Zone 8 February
Zone 6 and 7 March
Zone 5 April
Zone 4 May

2-QUART, POTTED ROSE DELIVERY

USDA GROWING ZONE* SHIPMENT DATE
All Zones Spring/Fall

CANADA

We are now taking orders for bare root roses for shipment in Canada in late April 2019. Unfortunately, we are unable to ship the 2-Quart Potted roses to Canada.

Looking for help?

At David Austin Roses we’re committed to helping you through every stage of growing roses – from selecting the right variety to giving your rose the care it needs to thrive. If you’re ready to buy or need more help, talk to one of our friendly rose experts. 

Roses are easy to care for

  • Water roses until well established Water until well established
  • Prune roses once in winter Prune once in the winter
  • Feed roses twice 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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Detailed Description

A rose of more modern character than most English Roses. The flowers start as small buds, opening to full petalled, wide open rosettes of a bright, deep pink. As the flowers age, the blooms becomes dome-shaped while the colour – unusually for the English Roses – gradually intensifies. The flowers are 2 ½ to 3 inches across and are produced very freely; having a light, rather ‘green’ fragrance. ‘Sir John Betjeman’s’ flowering period is particularly long, with it still blooming when all of the other roses have given up.

Growth Habit

It forms a very bushy, neatly rounded shrub of medium size with slightly arching growth. Its brightly coloured flowers make it an ideal choice to create contrast in a border of other roses and companion plants of softer colouring. Plant in the middle or towards the front of the border. ‘Sir John Betjeman’ also looks beautiful grown in a large pot, planted in a formal bedding scheme or as a hedge. Altogether, a strong, reliable and exceptionally healthy shrub that will grow well even in less than ideal conditions.

Origins

Betjeman's daughter, Mrs Candida Lycett Green and The Betjeman Society asked us to name this rose after the well-known writer, journalist and broadcaster. He also opened people’s eyes to the value of the buildings and landscape around them. At the time of his death, in 1984, he held the post of Poet Laureate and is commemorated in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey.

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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