From the incomparable rose grower, David Austin, comes this beautiful, almost thornless example: Rosa Litchfield Angel® (Ausrelate). The foliage forms a vigorous, rounded bush from which burst a mass of repeat flowering, peachy-pink buds. These open into large, domed flower heads in a rich cream colour, which have a light, musk fragrance.
Why the heavenly name? Under thirty miles from the David Austen nursery is Lichfield Cathedral where, in 2003, a remarkable discovery of a carved limestone panel was made, dating back to approximately 800AD. The extraordinary relief carving shows an angel, now known as The Lichfield Angel. Three years later David Austen bred this glorious rose which, being almost thornless, angelically inflicts no pain.
Pot size: 6L
Height and Spread: 170cm x 140cm, 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