Rosa Eustacia Vye® (Ausegdon).

Rosa Eustacia Vye® (shrub rose)


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Show. Each bud of Rosa Eustacia Vye® (Ausegdon) is borne on red-tinged stems and unfurls into a shallow cupshape bloom comprising a mass of apricot pink petals. The delicate outlines of the ruffled petals serve to accentuate the subtle colour of the bloom, which softens attractively in tone as it matures. In a garden, the impact of this remarkable rose is heightened by its strong, fruity fragrance.

With the naming of this rose, David Austin revisits his love of the characters created by the Victorian author Thomas Hardy. Throughout his novel, The Return of the Native, the reader follows spellbound as the compelling heroine Eustacia Vye, revered for her exotic beauty, takes her uncompromising but misguided journey through life. (Another of the protagonists in the novel, Damon Wildeve, has given his name to a David Austin rose: Rosa Wildeve.)

Eustacia Vye® is a healthy, repeat flowering rose, which usefully tolerates a windy location (perhaps a reference to the fictional Eustacia’s walks across wild Egdon Heath). As with other English shrub roses it can be planted singly in flower borders or in groups for greater impact in rose borders where they grow attractively together to form what will appear to be a continually flowering mass of highly scented pink. The rose will also thrive if planted in a suitably large container.

Pot Size: 6L

Height and Spread: 120cm x 90cm over 5 years

Preferred Soil Type: Any free-draining soil

Aspect: East, south or west facing

Position: Full sun / Partial shade

Flowering Period: June – Autumn

Care: Remove faded flowers; prune in March