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The English Roses: Classic Favorites & New Selections [Hardcover]

David Austin
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Feb. 15 2006
Beloved for their beautiful pastel colors and their appealing fragrance, often enhanced by the hotter and more reliable summers of the U.S., English roses have been garden favorites for years. When he originated English roses, David Austin sought to combine the desirable flower forms and fragrance of old roses with the wide color range and repeat flowering of modern hybrids. To the delight of gardeners across the world, he was successful. Now, in his first book in more than ten years, Austin introduces 40 recently developed varieties in addition to 40 of his best-loved and time-tested favorites. Beautiful photographic portraits of each are complimented by notes on attributes, history, and special requirements for growing in the garden. Ideal for rose enthusiasts and gardeners.

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Austin achieved great success as a hybridizer of his so-called English Roses, which possess a combination of alluring traits found in antique varieties and modern hybrid teas. More than a decade has passed since his first guide to these cultivars, and Austin now explains the ancestry and qualities of his roses, presenting 80 roses in six subgroups that include more recent introductions. Only roses that have proven to be vigorous and disease free make the cut. Succinct descriptions sum each rose's attributes, from growing habits and overall shape to luscious fragrance, flower form, foliage, and origin of the plant's name. And breathtaking photographs illustrate the reasons English roses are beloved by gardeners everywhere. Rose lovers will find Austin's personal observations regarding the development of these exquisite flowers mesmerizing, while his candor regarding a rose's faults is noteworthy and will surely help a gardener select roses for any given situation or climate. Novices will appreciate a final chapter with useful tips on culture and maintenance. Alice Joyce
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Anyone with an affection for roses will be very pleased with David Austin's new book.... Encyclopedic in scope and somewhat literary....this book is basically everything you could want to know about English roses. (Ginny McGraw Washington Gardener 2009-10-00)

Full-color illustrations will make you want to cut them out and frame them for a bright bedroom or an elegant dining-room wall. (Grand Rapids Press 2009-06-28)

Exquisite photographs. (Rob Mooy Kingston This Week 2009-06-18)

English Roses is a love letter to roses, written by David Austin, the Englishman who has been breeding new roses with old looks for decades. Breezily written and admiringly light on self-promotion, Austin's book is filled with beautiful close-ups of his roses and the old roses they are descended from. There's plant history for the serious rosarian, but gardeners who just like to dream as they peruse big pages filled with luscious photos also will enjoy the book. It's a fine tribute to a man who has spent his life bringing old-fashioned grace and perfume back to a plant that too often lost its scent and natural beauty as breeders pursued the perfect bloom. (Mary Jane Smetanka Minneapolis Star Tribune 2010-01-05)

This book practically leaped off the shelf into my arms. If you love roses, this truly is a sumptuous book! If you can recall David Austin's popular original book published in 1993 you will have some idea of what is in store in this newest offering. Not only is the subject matter superb, but the Howard Rice and Andrew Lawson photography is amazing... Drool. (Donald McClure Picton County Weekly News 2008-11-28)

Austin achieved great success as a hybridizer of his so-called English Roses, which possess a combination of alluring traits found in antique varieties and modern hybrid teas.... [He] explains the ancestry and qualities of his roses, presenting 80 roses in six subgroups that include more recent introductions. Only roses that have proven to be vigorous and disease free make the cut. Succinct descriptions sum each rose's attributes, from growing habits and overall shape to luscious fragrance, flower form, foliage, and origin of the plant's name. And breathtaking photographs illustrate the reasons English roses are beloved by gardeners everywhere. Rose lovers will find Austin's personal observations regarding the development of these exquisite flowers mesmerizing, while his candor regarding a rose's faults is noteworthy and will surely help a gardener select roses for any given situation or climate. Novices will appreciate a final chapter with useful tips on culture and maintenance. (Alice Joyce Booklist 2008-01-00)

Gorgeous photographs. (Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden 2009-01-00)

Roses truly are a sight to behold. Each one seems so unique, and they are all classified in this informative book, including their fragrances and appearance. It is the sheer number of roses that make the book all the more interesting... The English Roses is a great book for the occasional gardener or serious one. David Austen has created something amazing with his roses, just as he has done with this book. (Shelf Life 2009-06-00)

It would be easy to argue that no other individual has contributed more to modern roses than breeder extraordinaire David Austin. (Stephen Westcott-Gratton Metro (Toronto, Ottawa) 2009-06-11)

It would be easy to argue that no other individual has contributed more to modern roses than breeder extraordinaire David Austin. Here, he tells the tales of more than 80 of his English rose hybrids from the beginnings ('Constance Spry' 1961), up to and including several of his 2005 introductions (my favourite: Gentle Hermione). (Canadian Gardening 2010-06-08)

With The English Roses, David Austin has returned to the flower form of the Old Roses and has created and reintroduced many different rich fragrances. With their pleasing, shrubby habits of growth and their ability to flower continually throughout the summer, The English Roses are amongst the most beautiful and useful of garden flowers... any rose lover will be impressed with this book. What a beautiful book to have or to give as a gift! (I Can Garden.com 2008-01-00) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful roses, gorgeous book! April 20 2007
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David Austin's new book describes and displays every available variety of his stunning, fragrant roses. Anyone who has a garden, or wants to create one, should buy this book. Although I've grown Austin's English Roses for years, it gave me a lot of new information about their growth and cultivation. Highly recommended for rose lovers. Granted, you can buy 5 or 6 of the actual plants for the price of the book... But unless you get a paper cut, leafing through the book is a lot less painful than spring pruning!
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