Rosa Boscobel® (Auscousin) (shrub rose) image courtesy of David Austin EnglishRoses

Rosa Boscobel® (shrub rose)


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Rosa Boscabel®(Auscousin) is a perfect example of an English shrub rose. Wonderfully vigorous, the shrub quickly develops into an upright bush of medium size with glossy, dark green foliage, which is perfect for the middle of a border or a suitably large container.

Notably upward facing, the blooms are exquisitely beautiful, opening out from delicately red-tinged buds. Each rose, once fully open, is packed with small petals that range  subtly from deep coral pink to a paler pinky yellow, giving an interesting depth of colour. Repeat flowering, this lovely shrub rose flowers prolifically from early summer until the first frosts.

Typical of a David Austen rose, the scent is as important as the visual appearance; R. Boscabel has a heady, myrrh fragrance with hints of elderflower, pear and almond.

The rose is named after Boscobel House in Shropshire (not far from the nursery), whose seventeenth-century owners, the Giffords, sheltered Charles II after the Royalist defeat at the battle of Worcester in 1651. Tradition has it that the future king hid in a nearby oak tree, an idea that spawned the names of thousands of English pubs: The Royal Oak.

Pot size: 6L

Height and Spread: 120cm x 110cm, over 5 years

Preferred Soil Type: Any free-draining soil

Aspect: East, south and west facing

Position: Open sunny position

Flowering Period: June – September

Care: Deadhead to encourage repeat flowering