David Austin Roses for Mother’s Day

Roses are one of the most popular and top-selling flowers for Mother’s Day. A beautiful bouquet of roses acknowledges the enduring bond and unconditional love we share with our mother. This year, give her an extra special and lasting bouquet. 

Give her David Austin Roses growing in a container. It’s a living gift with gorgeous, sumptuous blooms to admire throughout the summer, and for many years to come.

Most roses are suitable for growing in containers, and David Austin Roses, with their graceful, bushy habits and long flowering season are especially beautiful in large pots. They offer endless possibilities for creating a garden overflowing with fragrance and romance even in smaller outdoor spaces. Container-grown roses are versatile, finding their way onto city balconies, terraces, and garden patios. They also become stunning focal points near a relaxing bench or gathering area. Surround her with the beauty and ease of a container-grown English Rose in her own outdoor living space. Below are a few English Rose varieties especially suited for growing in containers.

Lady of Shalott

Rich orange-red buds open to form chalice-shaped blooms brimming with loosely arranged apricot-orange petals. There is a pleasing warm tea fragrance with hints of spiced apple and cloves. Lady of Shallot is one of the more robust and hardy roses in the David Austin collection, quickly forming a large bushy shrub (4.5 x 3.5 ft.) with slightly arching stems – an ideal size for a large container rose. Attractive green foliage has a slight bronzed tone and is highly disease resistant. Can also be grown as a climber to 8 ft. tall. Hardy to Zone 5.

Benjamin Britten

Large cupped rosettes of glowing scarlet eventually change over to a strong shade of deep pink – an unusual colouring for an English Rose. There is a lovely intense fruity fragrance with hints of pear and wine notes in these David Austin Roses. This shrub can be grown in the mixed border as a bush or climber and become a stunning focal point in a large container. As a bush 4.5 x 3 ft., as a climber 8-10 ft. tall. Hardy to Zone 5.

Florissa’s Tip

Allowing your David Austin rose to climb a trellis, arbour, or pillar takes a container rose to new heights using minimal floor space. The lush foliage and abundance of blooms make for an excellent privacy screen.

Princess Alexandria of Kent

A magnificent rose with deeply cupped, fully petaled warm glowing pink blooms. A ring of soft pink outer petals encircles the frothy inner ones, creating a very lovely effect. The large blooms are nicely poised on a well-rounded, bushy, and very healthy shrub. A delicious tea fragrance develops notes of lemon and black currants. Excellent repeat flowering from early summer to the first frost of fall. As a bush 4 x 3 ft. Hardy to Zone 5.

Looking for additional guidance on planting a container rose? Check out our blog post: Successful Container Roses


  • Sherry Brown
    May 25, 2020

    Thank you for taking the time to write about this wonderful post about Mother’s and David Austin Roses! My gorgeous and kind hearted mother Betty thought me me how to dig the soil. We spent so much great time gardening, we laughed so much and I sang with her while she plays the piano. I lost her 3 years ago. I miss the way she lovingly looks at me when I am eating my fried chicken skin!
    I also lost my Eglantyn, Boscobel, Grahame Thomas, Wedgewood, Abraham Darby and many other beloved David Roses. Reading this Article made my mother alive in my heart! made me want to dig the soil again. I would like to start by giving joy to the neighborhood amidst Covid. I know I can never bring back my mother but I can still grow David. Where could I find David Austin again?

    March 29, 2022

    I am looking for some David Austin Roses.
    I am living in Montreal, Quebec.
    If you can give me some name of nurseries who carrying David Austin Roses.
    Please try to give your advice
    Thanking of you.

    • Florissa
      March 29, 2022

      Hi Kishorkumar – thank you for reaching out to us – we have sent you an email with retailers in the Montreal area.

  • Florissa
    March 29, 2022

    Thank you for your heartfelt comment. I too plant many garden delights as lasting reminders of those that have lovingly impacted my life.
    To find a current retailer near you please send us a request through our “Find Retail” form and we will send you up-to-date info.

  • Casey
    April 19, 2022

    Hi there,

    I love David Austin roses and would love to add a few varieties to my garden. I live in Mississauga, Ontario. Can you tell me what nurseries sell them?

    Thanks so much

    • Florissa
      April 19, 2022

      Hi Casey, We just sent you an email with a list of retailers near you.

  • Elizabeth Fischer
    April 21, 2022

    Hi I really want to purchase the David Austin rose Lady of Shallot. I live in Peterborough, Ontario and would appreciate any help you could give me for retailers in Peterborough, Oshawa or Toronto who carry this rose.

    Thanks so much

    • Florissa
      April 22, 2022

      Hi Elizabeth, we emailed you a list of garden centers near you.

  • Prosenjit Chakraborty
    September 13, 2022

    I live in Brampton, ON. Can you please share the list of retailers near me selling David Austin roses? Thanks.

    • Florissa
      October 7, 2022

      Hi Prosenjit, we emailed you a list of garden centers near you.

  • Ruby Kato Attwood
    September 20, 2022

    Hello there! Thank you so much for the information on David Austin rose suppliers. Could you please send me the list for Montreal as well? I’m so grateful!

    • Florissa
      October 7, 2022

      Hi Ruby, we just emailed you a list of garden centers near you that we will be supplying with David Austin Roses in Spring 2023

  • Aisha
    April 7, 2023

    Hi! Can you send me a list of retailers or suppliers in Calgary?

    Thank you so much

    • Florissa
      April 12, 2023

      Hi Aisha, Please fill out our Find a Retailer request form at florissa.com/find-a-retailer and we will contact you with garden centres in your location.

  • Lydia Mclaughlin
    April 11, 2023

    I live in Waterloo Ontario- where can I buy David Austin Roses in my area?

    • Florissa
      April 12, 2023

      Hi Lydia, please fill out the Find a Retailer request form at florissa.com/find-a-retailer and we will help you find a garden centre near you carrying David Austin roses.

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