Rosa The Mill on the Floss (Austulliver). Image courtesy of David Austin English Roses

Rosa The Mill on the Floss (shrub rose)


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Introduced at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2018, the beautiful new free-flowering English shrub rose from David Austin, Rosa The Mill on the Floss (Austulliver), has large clusters of small, neat, deeply cupped blooms with a sweet, fruity fragrance, held nicely above the foliage on gently arching growth.

The densely petalled blooms of this new shrub rose are initially mid pink, verging on lilac-pink. Paling as they open, the individual petals are beautifully defined by their carmine edges. When fully open, each bloom reveals a small cluster of stamens. 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.

The Mill on the Floss rose is a healthy variety that makes a relatively large, bushy shrub clothed in healthy, glossy foliage — the new growth an attractive red colour, turning green with age. Grow in a mixed border, or in a pot on the terrace.

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.

Named after the novel by George Eliot, first published in 1860. The story centres around the fiercely intelligent Maggie Tulliver, and her beloved brother, Tom. As Maggie matures, she increasingly struggles to reconcile Tom’s bourgeois standards, and the provincial attitudes of the community in which she lives, with her own desires.

Pot Size: 6L


Height and Spread: 140cm x 140cm 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