AMBRIDGE ROSE – David Austin shrub rose which was released when the English Roses started to become popular


Bred by David Austin, 1990 and still a very popular rose today, more likely for the fact that it has a very rich myrrh fragrance which is overwhelming when this rose is planted as a group of no less than three plants.

Ambridge Rose is very suited to the rose border and planted at 75cms spacing, would make a lovely medium sized hedge of deep apricot on the inner petals and fading to pale apricot/pink on the outside of the petals.

The foliage is medium green, rather serrated and tending to fold back at the edges, but good and healthy. The bush flowers continually throughout the season.

  • Extreme myrrh fragrance
  • Distinct colours of deep apricot centre fading to pale apricot/pink outside
  • Very healthy and free flowering
  • Suit hedge or mass planting


The generally sunny, dry and hot conditions of the Australian garden are particularly well suited to planting roses and roses flourish in our gardens when you take measures to provide the following:

WATER – Roses are very deep rooted plants and require one good, deep soaking at least every 10 days in hot and dry conditions.

FEED – Because roses flower throughout all but the Winter season, they should be regularly fertilized with quality (preferably organic) fertilizer which contains a balance of major nutrients (NPK) and trace elements. The fertilizer should be applied at least once a month – small amount often – with fortnightly applications of liquid seaweed over the foliage.

PRUNE – During Winter, 70% of the rose plant should be pruned and all old wood removed back to the crown and the bush pruned to shape.
During the flowering seasons, 25% of all flowering stems should be cut back after flowering to encourage strong re-growth.

MULCH – Particular attention to application of lucerne or pea straw directly around the root-zone of each rose will enhance the overall health of the rose and then the whole bed should be mulched to 75mm with any other mulch medium available.

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