x-Rosa Princess Anne = 'Auskitchen' PBR (S)
The full, double blooms of this David Austin rose are a sensational, deep, rich pink and make it a striking asset to any garden. But Rose 'Princess Anne' is also unique, having been bred from a whole new line, and is therefore quite unlike any other rose in character. Previewed at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2010 it is already winning the hearts of many passionate rose growers.
Its young flowers are a dark, vibrant cerise, almost red, and appear in large clusters, fading to an intense, pure pink as they develop. Look closely and you will see that the under surface of the petals also has an enchanting dusting of yellow. They make gorgeous cut flowers and will last well. Sweetly fragrant they blossom repeatedly over a long period of time from June to September, so dead head tired blooms to keep them coming. Its upright growth is clothed in dense bushy foliage, and these thick glossy leaves are remarkably resistant to the diseases commonly suffered by other roses, such as black spot and rose rust.
As with all roses it is easy to grow and will live for many years if cared for, just remember these are hungry, thirsty plants. It will be happy in almost all soil, provided it is well drained and full sun is best, to make the most of its magical blooms. Give it the best start by enriching the soil before planting and digging in lots of well rotted garden compost or manure. Dig a hole a spades depth and twice the width of the rootball and carefully tease out the roots before planting, to encourage them to grow outwards and look for water in the soil. Use a cane to establish where the top of the hole is in relation to the graft union on the stem – this is the lump where the rose has been joined to its rootstock and should be level with the soil surface. Roses are naturally deep rooted and once established need little water from us but help it along in its first few years and don't let it dry out, especially in hot summers. Give it a boost in the spring by sprinkling the soil with rose fertiliser and forking this in, and mulching with compost, and prune back in winter to 25cm above the ground.
Roses may struggle if they are planted in the same spot where an old rose has previously grown and suffer from a disease called rose sickness or replant disease. Avoid this by planting in a new site entirely or dig in fresh soi,l at least 45cm deep, in the old spot. A rose as beautiful as this will grow with almost anything, looking striking with mixed shrub plantings such as hydrangeas, philadelphus and perovskia. It will look equally stunning amongst a cottage border with perennials such as verbena bonariensis, centaurea, monarda and delphinium and its bushy habit will also make a striking hedge.