Like a magician, David Austin keeps on pulling them out of the hat, and Grace® is a lot better than a white rabbit. Grace roses have been around for fifteen years and are justifiably loved for their apricot coloured flowers that deepen to a sort of burnt umber in the centre. There are about eighty petals per flower which is some indication of how voluminous, ruffled and frilled they look - almost dahlia like - with reflexing outer petals. The buds are pointed to commence but then the flowers are shallow cupped and numerous, smothering the arching growth that means that Grace tends to be broader in the beam than she is tall. The leaves are distinctive, being narrow and pointed and a bright apple green to really complement the round flowers. The fragrance is warm and like an exotic China tea.
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Although not free by any means, Grace will reward you with so many flowers per pence spent that she works out at excellent value. Like most of the David Austin roses, Grace® can easily cause a sensation on her own but something like Heucheras are always good at covering up the exposed legs of roses: try an underplanting of Heuchera Marmalade. Explore the enormous range of Hemerocallis or Daylilies to find a novel colour combination but bear in mind that Grace® looks unexpectedly fabulous with deep reds, and strong purples. Have a look at some of our clematis to get the idea - Etoile Violette would work, as would Rouge Cardinal. And Grace® looks particularly splendid in a fancy pot or urn because she drapes herself over and around it. For an apricot theme, take a look at The Lady Gardener or Buff Beauty as additional or alternative roses to consider.
This rose was named Grace in order to celebrate the special quality ‘grace’ which David Austin believes characterises English Roses as a group, and this variety in particular.