Synopses & Reviews
Easier to raise and care for than many gardeners believe, English Roses have spearheaded a new movement toward reinstating the rose as a natural part of the garden landscape. Unlike their high-maintenance counterparts, English Roses require no more than the basics-sun, soil, water, and food. And with their fountain-like shapes, soft pastel colors, an memorable fragrance, they blend artfully into almost any garden's overall design.
This reference shows North American Gardeners just how to meet their English Roses' needs. From the straightforward presentation of sound and simple horticultural practices that ensure healthy, blooming plants to the full-color, cultivar-by-cultivar guide-cover suitability, stature and habit, uses, and more—it's a complete grower's resource.
Today the hottest rose to grow is the English rose. Requiring neither the meticulous care nor prodigious amount of chemicals that are the bane of many rose plants, the English rose is a hybrid with rare character and simplicity.
Both a how-to and field guide to these extraordinary roses, this simple, commonsense approach to raising them begins by suggesting the most disease-resistant cultivars and showing how to give them easy, consistent care. The field guide section of the book features 100 English roses best suited for American gardens, lushly photographed and organized by color and height.
Photographs by Saxon Holt
57,000 copies in print.
Written by a world-renowned authority on roses, this how-to book and a field guide to English roses includes detailed descriptions for each of the 100 roses featured and provides information on background, fragrance, blooms, garden uses, and more. Color illustrations & photos.
Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club and Doubleday Select (Newbridge)57,000 copies in print
WIFE OF BATH, THE REEVE, GERTRUDE JEKYLL, and the beloved CONSTANCE SPRY
Growing more popular every year, English Roses (often called David Austin Roses, after the hybridizer who created them) combine the charming, open-flowering habit and deep fragrance of Old Garden Roses with the continuous bloom and color range of Modern Hybrids.
Here, in a book focused exclusively on the needs of North American gardeners, is a complete guide to selecting, planting, feeding, pruning, and caring for 100 English Roses. It includes full-color photographs throughout, plus a source guide, a list of public gardens displaying English Roses, and an index of cultivars by color.
About the Author
Saxon Holt has combined his career as a photographer with a lifelong love of gardening. His work has appeared in dozens of books and gardening magazines. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Garden Writers of America Association, from which he has received three awards for his photography.Clair G. Martin is the author of Smith and Hawken: 100 English Roses for the American Garden. He has been the Curator of Rose Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, since 1982. A writer and lecturer who travels around the world to meet with fellow rosarians, he has participated in numerous television productions, including The Quest for the Rose (BBC) and PBS's Great Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn. Mr. Martin lives in Pasadena, close to the Huntington and his garden of 2,000 cultivars and species of roses.
Table of Contents
Foreword by David Austin
A SHORT HISTORY: "ROSE IS A ROSE"
- Old Garden Rose Classes
- Modern Roses
WHAT IS AN ENGLISH ROSE?
- Father of the English Rose
- What Exactly is an English Rose
WHAT ROSES NEED AND HOW TO PROVIDE IT
CREATING YOUR GARDEN
- Purchasing Roses
- Companion Planting
GROWING ROSES IS SIMPLE
- Mulching and Weeding
- Insect Control
- A Simple, Step-by-Step System for Healthy Roses
A FIELD GUIDE TO 100 ENGLISH ROSES
- North American Mail-Order Sources for English Roses
- List of Public Gardens Displaying English Roses
- Index of Roses by Color