If you’ve been seduced by the voluptuous English roses bred by British plantsman David Austin, I won’t have to convince you that they are an essential design element of the romantic cottage border. With flowers and growth habits reminiscent of old garden roses, David Austin’s shrub roses have a reputation for being particularly tough, reliable and healthy, not to mention incredibly fragrant.
Demand from brides and flower lovers yearning for bouquets of peony-sized English roses prompted the grower to develop a specialty cut flower program. Fifteen years in development, Cut Garden Roses by David Austin recently launched nationwide with door-to-door-delivery by FedEx.
The collection features seven English garden roses bred especially for long vase life – all with rich color and lush shape. VeriFlora-certified and sustainably grown by Green Valley Floral in Salinas, Calif., the roses are available year-round because they are raised in greenhouses during winter months.
The collection includes ‘Miranda’, a plump rose-pink flower packed with ruffled petals, and soft peach-colored ‘Juliet’, one of David Austin’s most beloved roses.
Each bouquet in this luxury collection contains 12 stems. Prices range from $80 to $125, plus shipping, depending on whether you select a single flower or mixed arrangement. Like conventional long-stem hybrid roses, the flowers arrive with closed buds. Unlike conventional roses, after being placed in a vase the buds open to reveal an abundance of perfectly-arranged petals, just like you’ve picked them from grandmother’s garden.
According to Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses, Ltd., “people have always used our garden roses for cutting and to create wonderful arrangements, but we wanted to lengthen the vase life of the roses.”
David Austin guarantees its cut roses will enjoy a five-day vase life.