An English garden rose is a hybrid rose cross-bred rose combining the richness of old English roses and English roses with the hardiness of modern varieties. In 1969, rose enthusiast David Austin spanned Gallicas and Floribundas, Damasks and Hybrid Teas, Bourbons and Modern Climbers, and much more. They were known as Austin roses, later becoming known as English roses.

In this guide, we’ll outline the top ten best English roses to guide you to pick the rose varieties you wish to grow in your own garden. Here they are:

Mary Rose

It’s not tough to see why many people like this tricky tree which generates full bloom deep pink roses and a light old rose scent with hints of vanilla and honey. Mary Rose isn’t exposed to the winter cold and fungal infections. It has even a fantastic growth rate throughout the summer.

Graham Thomas

Tthis butter-colored rose is the most popular English rose there’s. Nothing else–not even the Hybrid Teas– can match its rich yellowness, which in turn becomes paler. Its growth is upright and bushy and its slim stems may require stalking for support. This disease-resistant rose has a strong tea odor typical of its colour group, with a hint of purple. In warmer climates, Graham Thomas is also grown as a climber, but is thought to have fewer blooms.


This deep rose pink blossom is purely old English improved in feature, but it’s almost zero susceptibility to rust, blackspot and mildew. While it rarely generates a massive bunch of roses at any moment, the Mayflower never runs from flowers. Growth is complete and twiggy with a little less of matt green foliage than other roses.

Wild Edric

This shrub rose will survive under extreme weather conditions, which makes it a favorite among beginners. It begins as a pointed pink-and-purple bud that opens to semi-double petals of pink with shades of mauve and purple. Interestingly, its petals have a traditional old rose fragrance with lemon and watercress overtones while its stamens odor of pure clove.


It’s probably the most beautiful English garden rose, and it is not tough to see why. With a delicate shell-pink colour that virtually fades to white at the edges, the petals perfectly cup around the middle. The legacy rose grows to be a well-formed bush. Its plant has small thorns and blossoms throughout the year. It’s a beautiful scent, with blended tones of honey, honey and carnation and a traditional old rose background.


This apricot-colored rose has petals cupped to form a perfect rosette. It’s a excellent English garden grown since it combines beautifully with flowers of different colors, emits a warm and sensual scent, and produces rich, full blooms throughout the year.

Abraham Darby

A powerful, vigorous plant found excellent for developing arches. Imagine adorning your front doors with an arc of those large peach-apricot blossoms that turn light pink at the edges and its shiny, green leaves. Abraham Darby is a disease-resistant blossom that emits a strong fruity odor.

Claire Austin

This is the only white rose that made it to this list, unsurprisingly, due to its beauty and its hardiness under different sorts of ailments and against plant diseases. The petals are large and creamy white shaped in perfect concentric circles and sporting a scent like a mixture of vanilla, heliotrope and meadowsweet.

Gertrude Jekyll

Known to have the classic scent of the old English rose, Gertrude Jekyll won the James Mason Award in 2002. It’s, similar to its Portland increased parent, a rich pink color and very thorny canes which needs to be pruned regularly for repeated flowering.


This tree produces gigantic blooms literally the size of saucers, and these magnificent blooms they are. The petals are cherry with tinges of yellow and pink around the edges. Evelyn has an old rose aroma and a little fruity scent that reminds you of apricots and peaches.

Now you’ve gone through our list of top ten greatest English roses, we expect it’s now easier for you to make your choices for your prospective rose garden. We’d love to see those lush blossoms glowing radiantly soon. Happy planting!


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