Rosa 'Bathsheba' (Auschimbley)

Description: A healthy, deciduous, climbing English rose bred by David Austin. Gorgeous clusters of large, double, apricot coloured flowers with creamy-white outer petals and a strong, beautifully rounded myrrh fragrance from early summer to early autumn.

Uses: For cottage/informal, coastal and city plantings. Ideal in beds and borders, wall-side and trellises.

Climate/Position: Full sun.

Height/Spread: Height to 3 meters, with a spread of 1.5 meters

Soil Requirements: Moist but well-drained, well-drained. Will tolerate most soil types.

Pruning: Prune in the late winter or early spring when the weather warms but before the leaves open.

Special Requirements: Best planted with Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi which reduces risk of rose replant problems and helps to establish better root systems, resulting in increased vigour, higher resistance to drought and more plentiful flowering.

Once planted water until well established. Feed twice a year in spring and in summer with a good rose fertiliser and mulch yearly with well-rotted manure or garden compost. Remove spent flowers to prolong flowering. 

Additional Interest: Excellent disease resistance. The name 'Bathsheba' was inspired by the spirited heroine of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd.