The strikingly lovely English shrub rose from David Austin, Rosa Lady of Shalott (Ausnyson), has chalice-shaped blooms. In shades of apricot and rich, caramel yellow, they emit a slight fragrance of tea with a hint of spiced apple. It is an English Leander Hybrid and a superb repeat flowerer with vigorous, bushy growth.
Healthy, with good disease resistance, and happy in even poor soil, the Lady of Shalott rose is one of David Austin's hardiest and most reliable roses. It was a recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden and so is the perfect first rose for inexperienced gardeners.
R. Lady of Shalott is inspired by the much-loved eponymous poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson. In this, the Victorian Poet Laureate retells the tragic Arthurian tale of a young noblewoman, confined to a tower overlooking Camelot. Under a curse, she is only allowed to see the world through mirror and inevitably and fatally transgresses. She became a Pre-Raphaelite poster girl (see J.Waterhouse’s romantic painting in Tate Britain) but her beauty is as tellingly evoked in this wistfully lovely rose.
Pot Size: 6L
Height and Spread
: 140cm x 110cm over 5 years
Preferred Soil Type: Any free-draining soil
Position: Open sunny position / Very light shade
Flowering Period: June – September
Care: Remove faded flowers; prune in March