New Season Roses

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This year we’re boasting more than 250 varieties of Roses at Coolings. Over 100 of them are David Austin Roses and the remaining are our own roses that we have ‘potted on’ ourselves from bare root on our nursery. Containerised roses like the ones we have at Coolings can be planted any time of year but the Autumn months is when we have the most varieties in stock.

We’ve picked out a few NEW varieties to share with you, as well as a few old favourites!


Let’s start with the cream of the crop, Rose of the Year 2018 - Rosa ‘Lovestruck’. Not only has it won a Gold Medal, but it also picked up the Gold Standard for plant health in the same trials at the Royal National Rose Society. It’s a truly outstanding floribunda rose that can flower from late May/early June, right through until the first frosts. The lightly scented, large, cherry-red flowers are set off beautifully against the dark green glossy foliage.

Other new red coloured roses include ‘Claret’ (Hybrid Tea) and ‘Love Knot’ (Climbing). Rosa ‘Blessings’ (Hybrid Tea) boasts beautiful double salmon-pink flowers with a slight fragrance, or if you are looking for a climber then try either; ‘Handel’ (Climber/Rambler), ‘Beautiful Sunrise’ (Climbing/Patio) or ‘Good as Gold’ (Climbing/Patio). ‘Handel’ is a popular climbing rose for its distinctive large, double, creamy white flowers with pale crimson edge which is complemented with a light, sweet scent. ‘Beautiful Sunrise’ and ‘Good as Gold’ will fit the bill if you are looking for an orange/golden yellow bloom.

Rosa 'Claret', 'Blessings' and 'Handel'

Other newbies this year include: ‘Roald Dahl’, ‘Skylark’ and ‘Dame Judi Dench’ (all David Austin Shrub Roses). David Austin unveiled his new ‘Dame Judi Dench’ rose that bears rich, apricot blooms at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show earlier this year. My personal favourite though has to be Rosa ‘Vanessa Bell’ for its large clusters of very free-flowering, soft yellow blooms with deep, rich yellow eyes. It boasts a green tea fragrance with aspects of lemon and honey, blooms almost continuously throughout summer, as well as being a repeat flowerer. It’s reliable and has good disease resistance…what’s not to love!

Rosa 'Roald Dahl', 'Dame Judi Dench' and 'Vanessa Bell'

We have also welcomed a new group of Nostalgic Roses this year including:

  • ‘Duchess of Cornwall’
  • ‘Global Beauty’
  • ‘Lavender Ice’
  • ‘Pink Martini’
  • ‘Proper Job’
  • ‘Pure Poetry’
  • ‘Rachel’

Rosa 'Proper Job', 'Pink Martini' and 'Duchess of Cornwall'


Hybrid Teas:
Rosa ‘Just Joey’ - Fragrant, fully double, coppery-pink flowers with wavy-margined petals from July to September and sparse, dark-green leaves. This free-flowering bush rose is perfect for an open, sunny border with fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Offering good resistance to disease and rain, the beautiful blooms make excellent cut-flowers.

Back by popular demand Rosa ‘Ice Cream’ – it’s large, pure white flowers are excellent for cutting. Plus, its spicy cinnamon scent is gorgeous.

The rich purple-mauve, semi-double flowers of ‘Blue for You’ will fade to a startling slate blue. It’s very free-flowering and boasts a sweet fragrance with hints of violets. If you are looking for a floribunda with it all try ‘Eyes for You’. Clusters of pale pink, almost white flowers have an attractive mauve-purple blotch in the centres. Growth is compact and very bushy with small and glossy foliage with a good diseases resistance. The blooms also carry a pleasing fragrance! WOW!

Rosa 'Just Joey' and 'Eyes for You'

Patio roses do not require too much maintenance and are smaller than the average rose. We have everything from the masses of small, lemon-yellow flowers on Rosa ‘Sweet Memories’ and the deep yellow, repeat flowering blooms on ‘Laura Ford’ to the fragrant, orange glowing blooms of ‘Sweet Magic’.

David Austin Shrub Roses:
Introduced at the Chelsea Flower Show in May (2017), the beautiful new English shrub rose from David Austin, Rosa ‘James L. Austin’, has large, deep cerise pink, multi-petalled rosette blooms with a central button eye. The deliciously fruity fragrance resembles a mixture of dark fruits: blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry and cherry with hints of lemon zest and almond. A repeat flowerer, it flowers prolifically from early summer until the first frosts and the blooms are not affected by bad weather.

Rosa 'Laura Ford' and 'James L. Austin'

David Austin Climbers:
We can’t leave out our two favourite English Roses - ‘Constance Spry’ (the original English Rose) and ‘Strawberry Hill’ - the original English Rose. Both varieties have lovely, glowing, pure rose-pink flowers with a strong myrrh fragrance.

Don’t forget to have a look around our Standard (10L) roses. A few of our favourites include:

‘Loving Memory’, ‘Polar Star’, and ‘Just Joey’.

'Polar Star' and 'Constance Spry'

Our favourites:
‘Flower Power’, ‘Wildfire’, ‘Yellow Patio’



Roses can be expensive plants, but they last for many, many years and are easy to establish if you follow a few simple steps on planting and aftercare.  Click here for tips on planting, pruning and after care.

To find out more about the language of roses (their colour meanings) please click here

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