Rosa Wildeve (Ausbonny) is a wonderfully bushy shrub rose from David Austin with large blooms held on arching branches. The petals, which open a soft blush pink, maturing with an apricot-coloured tint, are distinctly arranged into quarters and offer a light, fruity fragrance.
Tolerant of semi-shade, this robust rose is versatile, looking glorious at the back of a mixed border, forming a substantial hedge if aligned with others and flourising if planted in a large container.
The rose is named after Thomas Hardy’s character Damon Wildeve, who features in the 1878 novel The Return of the Native, set in a small rural community around Egdon Heath in the author's Wessex. The novel follows exactly a year of the intertwined lives of a group of characters, including Wildeve and his former charismatic lover, Eustacia Vye, (another superb David Austin Rose, Rosa Eustacia Vye). Hardy observes the dreams and passions of his protagonists, noting particularly how they are unable to make the right decisions at crucial times to avoid the sometimes malign hand of fate.
Pot Size: 6L
Height and Spread: 150cm x 120cm over 5 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any free-draining soil
Aspect: North, south, east or west facing
Position: Full sun / Partial shade
Flowering Period: June – Autumn
Care: Remove faded flowers; prune in March