- What’s the difference between a David Austin shrub or climbing rose for the garden and a David Austin cut rose?
It’s all to do with their breeding programme. David Austin cut roses are bred specifically for floristry and commercially grown in greenhouses. Unfortunately, they aren’t available to purchase as plants to grow in the garden.
However, that’s where the differences end. The cut roses have been directly inspired by David Austin’s acclaimed English Roses for the garden. David Austin and David Jnr have been working together to create this new range of cut roses since 1995. Our 14 cut rose varieties are specially tailored to withstand the rigours of weddings and special events, while still keeping their extraordinary beauty and fragrance that set David Austin’s roses apart.
- Where can I purchase David Austin cut roses for my wedding or to order as a gift bouquet?
You can order David Austin cut roses from all good florists across the country. If your florist needs help sourcing our roses, they can contact us directly or visit our Where to buy page for more information. The Real Flower Company also offer David Austin cut roses as retail bouquets for delivery across the UK.
It’s always best to give your florist as much notice as possible – especially during the busy wedding season – so they can order your roses well in advance.
- When are David Austin cut roses available?
As they are grown around the world by one of our approved growers, our cut roses are available all year round. Our growers are generally located near to the equator which provides some of the world’s best environments for growing high quality, cut roses.
- How can I find out more about David Austin cut roses?
Our latest brochure is a great place to start. You can either download it now or request a free copy. Also take a look at our Style Cards – there’s one for each variety, designed to give you a beautiful insight into each of their distinct characteristics and charm. You’ll also find lots more inspiration by staying in touch with us on social media.
If you’re a florist, a bride-to-be or simply love roses our David Austin Wedding Roses book showcases many of the magical moods that these exceptional cut roses can create. The pages are bursting with colourful photographs of fabulous arrangements, atmospheres and wedding styles to inspire a host of bouquet ideas, colour themes and decorative designs.
You can also contact us on
0800 111 4699 (free to call) or email us at
- Do all David Austin cut roses have fragrance?
The scent varies from very light to very strong, depending upon the variety. As part of our cut rose breeding programme, we look for key attributes that David Austin believes represent the fundamental characteristics of a rose. One of these is fragrance.
However, rose breeding is always a balance. A strong fragrance can sometimes affect the vase life of a cut rose. Or a variety may have unique beauty and charisma, such as Juliet, but very little fragrance.
Fragrance is also affected by environmental conditions. Cold temperatures can subdue a fragrance, or the scent can also change with the age of the rose. We also find that people’s sense of smell is very individual, what one person can smell may be different to someone else.
Take a look at the Style Cards to discover the fragrance notes for each variety.
- What is the marking on the outer petals?
The outer petals may become slightly marked during transit due to petal creasing or friction against packaging. If this happens, allow the blooms to open fully and the outer petals should fold back and the marking becomes hidden.
Before you pluck any petals wait until the rose fully opens and then pluck as few petals as possible.
- Miranda always has outer petals with natural green streaks on the underside. Should I remove these discoloured petals?
The green streaks or veining are part of Miranda’s natural characteristics. Some people like this detail on the outer guard petals, but even if you don’t we recommend not removing these guard petals as they will gradually unfurl and eventually become hidden.
Miranda’s natural colouring and veining on outer guard petals of a young bloom.
Outer guard petals completely hidden as the bloom has fully opened.
- I’ve removed the cardboard collar and the rose heads are very squashed and flat.
First of all, don’t worry. Our roses are incredibly resilient and in most instances, the blooms will rehydrate perfectly. Treat the stems as normal with a good period of re-hydration in a cold area, followed by spacing in tall sided buckets with flower food and water.
- What do I do if my roses have botrytis?
Generally, botrytis (brown marks) occur on the outer, guard petals which can be removed easily to prevent further infection. Grasp the lower part of the petal and pluck. Occasionally, you may see botrytis within the centre petals of a stem, in this case, carefully pluck to remove the inner petals.
If you experience a high degree of botrytis please contact your supplier to highlight that a batch of roses has slipped through the quality checks. This sometimes occurs because the botrytis isn’t apparent at the farm but manifests itself during transportation and may be due to adverse transit conditions.
- How long will the roses last after they have fully opened?
The vase life depends on the rose variety and how they are treated, but all varieties should provide at least 5 days following their fully open bloom stage. Some varieties will last much longer, such as Tess and Darcey.
To prolong vase life, we recommend replacing with fresh water and flower food every couple of days; keep in cool, ambient temperatures and away from direct heat or cold.