Raised by David Austin Roses, UK, 1983, and one of my very favourite of the English Roses because it is just so gracious, producing an abundance of the most perfectly pointed creamy apricot/pink buds which open flat to reveal 15-20 petals of the most sweetly fragrant blush-cream blooms.
Moonbeam flowers prolifically throughout the season on a lovely rounded shrub to just over 1 metre in height. The foliage is mid-green and matt and the rose should be well fertilized while it is flowering to ensure the bush retains its lovely healthy characteristics and continues to produce masses of robust large flowers.
Rather surprisingly, Moonbeam is suitable to vase. If the stems are cut when the flowers are still in bud, the flowers will slowly open wide to reveal their delightful spray of yellow stamens and in a warm room the fragrance will delight!
- Outstandingly healthy David Austin Rose
- Large, flat petalled open blooms with yellow stamens
- Stunning pointed apricot-pink buds
- Suitable for rose hedge or border
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.