Category English Roses (English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Colour Richest, velvety crimson changing to rich purple.
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Medium Shrub
Fragrance Old Roses. Strong
Special Characteristics 3.5 x 2.5 ft.
‘William Shakespeare 2000’s’ exquisite blooms are of the richest velvety crimson, gradually changing to an equally rich purple. They are deeply cupped at first, the flowers soon opening out to form shallow, quartered cups. This rose has the strong, warm Old Rose fragrance that we expect, but do not always find, in deep red roses. It forms a neat, upright shrub; each stem bearing a number of flowers. It was named the Most Fragrant Rose 2011 in the Hamilton trials in New Zealand. Named in honour of England’s greatest playwright who was himself voted ‘British Man of the Millennium’. We have planted a large bed of this rose at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon.