Introduced in 2010 by legendary British rosarian, David Austin, ‘Princess Anne’ is a fragrant English Shrub Rose that produces an abundance of flowers over a long period.
The young blooms are deep cerise pink, bordering on red, but they gradually fade to a mid pink as they age. The narrow petals are delightfully curled, with a touch of gold on their undersides.
Produced in large clusters, the individual blooms open in succession, ensuring a permanent supply of colour along with a heady ‘tea’ fragrance.
This is a particularly robust variety, forming a bushy, upright shape with thick, glossy, foliage. It is an excellent choice for the keen gardener as it has excellent disease resistance and is generally easy to maintain.
It has been named after Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, the Queen’s daughter, and a percentage of the sales goes to her charity, ‘Riding for the Disabled’, offering therapy and enjoyment to people with a disability.
Rosa x Princess Anne was named ‘Best New Plant Variety’ at the UK Grower of the Year Awards in 2011.
Open, loamy soils are ideal, though Roses will grow in heavier top soils if they are well drained and also in sandy soils if they are kept watered and fed more frequently. Good drainage is critical for Roses to achieve their best.