David Austin Roses is leading a rose revival with the sponsored replanting of one of the world’s most famous rose gardens.
The Wolverhampton grower has donated 380 plants to a border in Queen Mary’s Gardens, Regent’s Park. It includes 44 varieties of English roses, planted in large blocks of five or more plants per variety.
The border, 45m long and 5m wide, replaces old roses that were “due for a change”, said technical manager Michael Marriott, who drew up the planting scheme.
Regent’s Park’s assistant manager Nick Biddle, who completed planting this week, said the flowering season will be months, rather than weeks, as it was with the pre-1850 non-repeat-flowering roses, which “didn’t punch their weight”.
Austin contracts completed this winter include:
* Replacement of 4,000 old roses costing £16,000 at Port Sunlight in Birkenhead.
* Sponsoring four English rose beds at Hampton Court Palace.
* Planting of eight rose varieties for the circular rose garden at the Memorial Park in Coventry.
* Supply of 890 plants for the 50m x 25m rose garden at Ashton Court, Bristol.
* Plantings at Bodnant and Brighton.
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