Gertrude Jekyll, pink David Austin Shrub Rose

Our Retired Roses

At David Austin Roses, we have been breeding and caring for roses for over sixty years. That means we are well-placed in witnessing the various environmental changes that impact the health of some roses more than others. Pests evolve and climates change; both of these factors felt by the nation’s favourite flower. As custodians of the English Rose, we believe it is our responsibility to respect when the time has come to bid farewell to certain blooms. These are never decisions that we make lightly, or easily. There have been times where we must retire a rose loved by many because we can no longer promise its longevity once planted.

If you loved Lady Emma Hamilton or Pat Austin then we highly recommend Lady of Shalott as an alternative:

lady of shalott

If you loved St. Cecilia then we highly recommend Scepter'd Isle or The Ancient Mariner as an alternative:

scepter'd isle

The ancient mariner

If you loved Eglantyne then we highly recommend The Ancient Mariner as an alternative:

the ancient mariner

If you loved Tea Clipper then we highly recommend The Lady Gardener or Dame Judi Dench as an alternative:

THE LADY GARDENER

DAME JUDI DENCH