Rosa Tottering-by-Gently (Auscartoon).

Rosa Tottering-by-Gently (shrub rose)


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A new introduction at the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show, the English Musk Hybrid rose Rosa Tottering-by-Gently (Auscartoon) from David Austin has masses of single yellow flowers, held in large, open sprays. It is a large, healthy shrub rose with rounded and branching growth. The open, single flowers will attract bees, and later form attractive rosehips.

This variety’s beauty is found both in the simplicity of its single flowers and the spectacular display they create when viewed en masse. Held in large, open sprays, the yellow flowers open to reveal golden stamens. Paling prettily over time, they have a light musky scent, with fresh notes of orange peel. It flowers freely, repeating regularly throughout the summer from June 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. Several Tottering-by-Gently will form a beautiful hedge, but will also look lovely in a mixed border.

Named to celebrate the 25th anniversary year of Annie Tempest’s classic weekly cartoon, 'Tottering-by-Gently'. First published in Country Life magazine in January 1994, it depicts the everyday capers of Dicky and Daffy Tottering, and their family, at Tottering Hall. The tongue-in-cheek humour cleverly addresses differing social perspectives of our time.

“Annie is a bit of England, she articulates the things which set us apart and which form our identity. She has created a cast of characters from a certain set, but her observations are social rather than political. They are gentler and beautifully observed.”

Sir Roy Strong, former head of the Victoria & Albert Museum

Pot size:6L



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