CHARLES RENNIE MACINTOSH – David Austin rose with unusual shades of soft lilac and pink depending on the weather conditions


Bred by David Austin Roses and introduced in 1988, this early English Rose variety is still popular today because it has the most unusual colour in the David Austin Roses. The pale lilac is a lovely colour to use in a border of similar roses and though pale, it will stand out and draw the eye because it is so interesting.

Charles Rennie Macintosh (we refer to it as Charles Rennie Mac since this is the longest name of any rose in our list) has quite large flowers, very cupped in shape and filled with a swirling mass of petals. The old rose fragrance is particularly noticeable on a very warm, humid day.

The growth habit is rather upright but of medium height to 1.2 mtrs and it flowers continually throughout the season. The foliage is mid-green and there is a plentiful supply of sharp thorns. Charles Rennie Mac flowers are best in a floating arrangement like ‘Pearly Petals’ and the dried petals would enhance a pot-pourri.

  • Unusual colour break in English Roses
  • Very healthy, free flowering
  • Old-rose fragrance
  • Dry petals for pot-pourri


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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