Launched at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018, this new English shrub rose from David Austin is extremely beautiful, with distinctive, strongly fragrant blooms. The distinctive flowers of Rosa Emily Bronte (Ausearnshaw) are very neat and rather flat. Each flower is a lovely soft pink, with a subtle apricot hue. The smaller central petals deepen in colour to rich apricot, surrounding a button eye that unfurls to reveal deep-set stamens. Over time the strong Tea fragrance becomes more Old Rose, with delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit.
The Emily Brontë rose is a strong, healthy variety that forms a bushy shrub with upright growth. It is a repeat flowerer, and so will start to flower in June (subject to the season), and repeat again one or twice again over the summer up until the autumn.
English roses as shrubs look best when planted in groups of three or more of the same variety. They will then grow together to form one dense shrub, which will provide a more continuous display and make a more definite statement in the border. Alternatively, grow one in a mixed border, or in a pot on the terrace near where you sit or stroll by, so you can inhale the lovely fragrance.
Named to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the novelist, Emily Brontë. Her novel, Wuthering Heights, was published in 1847, a year before her untimely death at the age of 30. It is a dark tale of passion and revenge, centred around the relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff.
“The Brontë Society is delighted that David Austin Roses is naming a rose in recognition of the bicentenary of the birth of Emily Brontë. Emily, and her much-loved novel Wuthering Heights, are often associated with nature and the outdoors and the free-flowering ‘Emily Brontë’ rose is the perfect way to celebrate her.”
Kitty Wright, Executive Director, The Brontë Society
Plant this autumn to enjoy the old-fashioned scent and looks – both with a modern twist – of Rose Emily Bronte.
Pot Size: 6L
Height and Spread: 140cm x 120cm 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