Mary Rose is one of David Austin‘s most popular roses. It forms a bushy shrub that is quite winter hardy.
The flowers are bright pink,with a lighter pink color on the backs of the petals. When they first open they appear cupped, but as they open more, the stamens become visible, and the flower becomes slightly loose and ruffled.
The outer petals gradually reflex and fade to a lighter pink, while the inner petals remain curved in.
This rose is one of the first to bloom in the Spring, and will continue blooming with attractive flowers all season.
These lovely roses are perfect in a cottage garden. The loosely growing pink roses are borne in abundance. They appear in clusters of 3-7 on long prickly stems.
Black spot is sometimes a problem.
The fragrance is of old rose, with hints of honey and almond blossoms.
Type Austin Shrub Rose
Hybridizer Austin 1983
Blooms large, rose/pink flowers are 4” across, with about 60 petals
Growth Habits Vigorous grower, upright, bushy 4’ by 4’
Foliage medium, medium green, matte
Fragrance Intense, fruity, myrrh
Awards Royal National Rose Societies Award of Garden Merit 2001
Hardy Zone 5-10
This one is one of the most popular and widely grown of the English roses. It is very hardy and blooms prolifically all season. I have several of them in my garden, and wouldn't be without them.
Large rose-pink blossoms have a great old-rose fragrance. It makes a nice rose for hedges, as it is in constant bloom.
The blooms open a bit loose, and grow on long arching shoots. Once blooms reach full-blown stage, they self-shed, keeping the plant tidy. For this reason, these roses are not a good choice for picking. Still, a great garden rose, that every garden should have!
Note; I like saving the petals for my recipes and crafts!
A bit of History on this Rose It is named after Henry VIII of England’s flagship when it was recovered from the sea more than 400 years after it sank.