MUNSTEAD WOOD – David Austin Modern Shrub Rose with large dark crimson heavily petalled blooms


Bred by David Austin, UK, and released in 2010 in Australia this rose has all the qualities we now expect in the recently released English Roses – great hybrid vigour and superb disease resistance.

Munstead Wood produces masses of rich dark crimson blooms in clusters on a very neat and compact shrub to around 1 metre tall and almost as wide. It is extremely free flowering over a long period and the shrub is very disease resistant and suitable to grow as a hedge-row rose on the border of the garden.

The blooms are full with the outer petals recurving when fully opened and the fragrance is intensely sweet old rose perfume. This English Rose stands up very well as a cut flower in the vase.

  • Large dark crimson blooms
  • Extremely healthy rounded shrub
  • Intense old rose fragrance
  • Suitable for use in flower arrangements


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.

4 Replies to “MUNSTEAD WOOD – David Austin Modern Shrub Rose with large dark crimson heavily petalled blooms”

  1. Hello,
    I have a 3 year old potted Munstead Wood David Austin. It is the joy of my garden. We live in a very rainy Pacific Northwest region, and had an unusual amount of snow and rain this winter. I pruned it in the fall.
    My problem: the leaves have started shooting forth with great abundance, but a few days later they are dry and crunchy and are dying. I cannot see any sign of pest.
    What shall I do. I so want my shrub to live and produce those glorious flowers. Thank you.

    1. Hello … I’m almost 100% sure that because the rose has been in a pot for three years, it’s exhausted all vitality within the existing potting media and urgently requires repotting.

      Here in Australia we are nearly in winter so it would be very timely to trim and repot the rose … despite the fact that your beautiful MUNSTEAD WOOD is ready for a new season I truly hope you upend it, trim the roots, prune the top and start all over with top quality fresh potting mix! Otherwise, I fear you will lose the rose this season!

      Hope this is helpful and I would be pleased to know how this goes for you … Diana

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