The Darcey Bussell Rose bears perfectly rosette blooms of a rich crimson color. The flowers on this rose,have an enchanting fruity fragrance. The blooms repeat in flushes all season, on a healthy, vigorous rose bush. The flowers on the Darcey Bussell rose, are double, and cupped, in old fashioned bloom form. As the flowers open, the outer petals form a perfect ring, and then develop into a perfect rosette, giving them that classic English rose look.
The rich crimson flowers eventually turn a bit mauve colored just before the petals drop.
If you have a formal rose bed, plant these in the center, or front of the bed for a very pleasing effect. Dusty Miller, Silver Mound, or other silver colored flowers as a planting companion, will make them stand out.
Type Old Rose Hybrid
Hybridizer David Austin 2006
Growth Habits Short, bushy, upright growing rose bush. It grows 3’tall by 2’ wide
Blooms Deep, rich crimson color. Approximately 80 petals, flowers are 4” across. Clustered flowered
Foliage Dark green glossy green foliage
Fragrance Medium fragrance, Fruity
Hardy zone zones 5-10
This rose is a steady, prolific bloomer, producing lots of fragrant roses, in small clusters, all season long. There is excellent repeat on these disease resistant roses. They are said to be resistant to Black spot, Mildew, and Rust.
The foliage is dense right to the ground.
The bush is short in size, (3’ by 2’). This compact size, make it perfect for the front of the border, or for a small garden. They are also great when planted in large containers, pots, or whiskey barrels. Plant them in beds and borders, and be sure to cut some for the vase, as they make nice cut flowers.
Rosa “Darcey Bussell” is considered “The Best Red” of the English roses. The breeder (David Austin) admits that good red roses are harder to breed, and considers it one of the best and healthiest of all the red roses he has bred to date.
These English roses were named for Darcey Bussell, a highly acclaimed ballerina.