JUDE THE OBSCURE – Modern David Austin Shrub rose which is enormously popular because of the old-world charm


Bred by David Austin, UK, 1995 this is now one of the most popular of the English Roses because of the beautifully and deeply cupped flowers which present an imposing sight and then totally enthral you when you take the cup and breathe the glorious fruity fragrance.

Jude the Obscure must be planted amidst a group of the David Austin English Roses because the gentle clotted creamy coloured blooms blend with all the colours and the bush will stand and branch above other roses. The flowers will nod graciously and beg you to pick them for a vase – they won’t last long in the open vase but are perfect submerged in the ‘Pearly Petals’ solution and water or floated in a flat bowl.

The shrub is very healthy and free flowering. The growth is variable depending on how the shrub is pruned – this wonderful rose would prefer light pruning and then will produce a shrub of 1.8metres in height and 1.2 metres in width.

  • Enormously popular because of old-world charm
  • Highly fragrant
  • Delightfully cupped clotted creamy blooms
  • Perfect rose to use in ‘Pearly Petals’


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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