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 JoyceCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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The book has exquisite photography... Serious gardeners will find valuable tips, guidelines and methods for planting and raising these blooms, and even the casual admirer will enjoy learning about the flower's history. Stunningly beautiful photographs of [Austin's] floral introductions, available and grown now in the U.S. [Austin] describes the six groups he has developed and introduces his most recent varieties in gorgeous full-page photographs that have the artistic quality of the work by the renowned French artist, Pierre Joseph Redout�.
The definitive reference on the English rose... While the book will obviously appeal to fans of English roses, its lush photography makes it a treat for more casual readers as well. The rose portraits are stunning, and the landscape photography is quite good. (Karla A. Dalley Connecticut Horticultural Society Newsletter vol.
If you would like to learn more about growing roses, we recommend The English Roses: Classic Favorites & New Selections by David Austin. At $45 it is a great investment, containing growth habits and cultivation tips for this popular flower. (Terra Hangen Victorian Homes
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 The County Weekly News (Picton ON)
Exquisite photographs. (Rob Mooy Kingston This Week
Gorgeous photographs. (Marilyn K. Alaimo Chicago Botanic Garden (www.chicagobotanic.org)
Full-color illustrations will make you want to cut them out and frame them for a bright bedroom or an elegant dining-room wall.
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
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)
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.
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