From £3.24Colour: Apricot with purple highlightsFoliage: Dark greenFlower Size: 10cm-15cmType: Decorative Dahl
From £3.24Colour: pale dusky pinkFlower size: 20-25cmType: Decorative (dinnerplate)Cutting: SensationalHeight/
From £3.24Colour: Red with yellow tips on petalsFoliage: GreenFlower Size: 25cmType: (Giant) DecorativeCutting
A new introduction to the revered David Austin clan, Emily Bronte was unveiled at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018, to rapturous reviews. The scent is described as warm and fruity, with notes of tea, grapefruit and lemon. And the flowers are delicious, too, unfurling from perfect little pale pink buds to wide, flat blooms the colour of strawberry fool, a deeper apricot towards the centre, with a neat button of bright yellow stamens. Emily Bronte is strong and fairly tall for a shrub rose, and – a lovely feature – the new spring shoots start out a rich coppery red. Like her namesake – a spirited trailblazer to lift the spirits, and likely to be one of our most enduringly popular shrub roses.
A classic in the making
A shrub rose with a little extra height, Emily Bronte will stand proud towards the back of a border, in a roomy pot on the patio or even planted with more of the same as an informal hedge. She does like a bit of sun, although semi shade suits her too, so pop her in an east, west or south facing spot. Her colours – the soft pinky apricot blooms and red-tipped shoots – tone beautifully with soft Cotswold stone, brick or sandstone. Combine Emily Bronte with other shrub roses in delicate hues for a rose border you'll fall passionately in love with: Dame Judi Dench, with its deeper apricot blooms, would make a spirited partner worthy of Cathy and Heathcliffe, as would Lady Emily Hamilton. The colourful combination of shrub roses underplanted with hardy geraniums is a classic pairing certainly worth considering.
In her short lifetime, Emily Bronte published just one novel, in 1847, but Wuthering Heights is now considered a classic. Much like this shrub rose, we imagine…