A compact shrub which flowers freely with excellent continuity
Beautiful, deep crimson rosettes with a delightful fruity fragrance. An exceptional variety which flowers freely and repeats well. Very healthy. Compact, bushy growth.
Ideal for pots and containers
Ideal for hedging
Highly Recommended byDavid Austin Roses
RHS Awardof Garden Merit
Bred byDavid Austin
Suitable for zones5 to 10
Also available as 36" tree
Good red roses are never easy to breed, so we are particularly pleased to introduce ‘Darcey Bussell’, as we believe it is one of the best and most healthy red roses we have bred to date. Its beautiful flowers are produced freely and with excellent continuity. When young, their outer petals form a perfect ring around an inner cup; gradually opening out to form a perfect rosette. The colour is a deep rich crimson that takes on a tinge of mauve just before the petals drop. It has a pleasing, fruity fragrance with hints of green.
With its short, bushy growth, it is a superb choice for the front of the mixed border or will be an asset to the classic rose border. Its compact growth and ability to repeat flower very well make this a wonderful choice for bedding, as can be seen at The National Trust’s Bodnant Gardens in Wales. Ideal for growing on the patio, balcony or roof terrace in a decorative planter. It was our first fully double crimson rose to be released since the popular William Shakespeare 2000, and is perfect for gardeners who would prefer a more compact shrub.
Darcey Bussell is the highly acclaimed ballerina. She was appointed principal at the Royal Ballet at the age of 20 and has danced in the title role of many ballets around the world. She has been honoured with many awards, including the OBE in 1995.
Winner of the Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub at the 213 Biltmore International Rose Trials in North Carolina, USA.