New ways to use David Austin Roses

The new David Austin Rose catalogue is out and on the back cover is this image of Rosa ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ flowering in our Rose Meadow last year.

David Austin Roses bestselling rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' photographed in the Rose meadow at Easton
David Austin Roses bestselling rose ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ photographed in the Rose meadow at Easton. Photo courtesy of Howard Rice.

Five years ago, Michael Marriott came over from Albrighton (where the world famous nursery is based) to advise us on our new planting. I wanted the roses to be in an informal but english setting and so we have created large circular beds for them in the long grass. Most of the roses flower once at the end of June and again in late summer. Some scramble onto large iron frames. We commissioned these from our friend Angelo and they add height to the planting. The meadows can be seen close up or from the site of the old house on the far side of the valley.

Climbing rose in the meadow showing supports to add height
Climbing rose in the meadow showing supports to add height

This innovative idea has been very warmly received by our visitors and we are adding to its appeal by introducing camassias, irises and other tough non-natives directly into the grass. Initially the grasses come up lush and green but by July they have yellowed and bleached creating a different background for the roses. We cut the sward with a modern allen scythe in late summer. The beds around the edges contain an important lilac collection and we have added stands of silver birch and other small trees.

Gertrude Jekyll and other popular roses are available to buy in our nursery area. Our most sought after roses include Veichenblau, The Generous Gardener, Malvern Hills and The Mayflower.

Roses for sale in the courtyard nursery area
Roses for sale in the courtyard nursery area