New this year from David Austin Roses:
Rosa 'Roald Dahl'
Love the peach color on this English shrub rose, with few thorns (yay!), glossy dark olive-green leaves and peach blooms that open from orange-red buds. It has a medium strong tea scent and is suitable for the garden or even in a container. Size is about 4 feet tall by 3 wide, and it's hardy in Zones 5-9. It's an English musk hybrid ('Desdemona' and 'Olivia Rose Austin'), named for the 100th anniversary of the birth of British author Roald Dahl.
This is an apricot-colored climbing rose that is repeat-blooming from early summer until frost. The fragrance is a strong, floral myrrh, and Austin ranks it among its top five climbers for scent. It blooms from the ground up, and the leaves are a mid-green color. Grows to 10 feet in height, and is hardy in Zones 5-9. Looks like a real winner. Name inspired by the heroine of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.
A rose that could be called lemon meringue, the flowers on this shrub open soft lemon and fade to almost a cream color, with a classic button eye. It starts to bloom along with the peonies, and continues to produce flowers until frost. It has mid-green glossy foliage and a light to medium fragrance that's reminiscent of apple and almond blossoms. Size is about 4 feet high by 3 feet wide, and it's hardy in Zones 5-9. Named after the daughter of King Cymbeline and wife of Postumus in Shakespeare's Cymbeline.