Although roses did not originate in England, there is something quintessentially English about the rose. And if you want to learn all about the best types of roses that are available, the best kinds for your garden, how you can care for them, even which varieties you should not attempt to grow, then The English Roses, the latest book by renowned rose growing expert David Austin, is the very book for you.
The book is a large format hardback book of some 320 pages and is sumptuously illustrated with photographs of roses that are so pin sharp in detail that one feels one should be able to breathe in their gorgeous scents!
But this is no coffee table book to be idly leafed through one in a while and forgotten about! No. For although it is a beautiful and truly handsome book it is also a rose encyclopaedia, containing a wealth of knowledge on the history of roses, how they can be planted and tended, how to set roses plants to their best advantage, etc.
The beautiful rose gardens in the book are to be found at the David Austin Roses centre in Albrighton, which is nestled in the beautiful countryside of Shropshire, adjacent to the Cosford Aerospace Museum, not far from Wolverhampton. By the way, if you do visit David Austin's rose garden, do not forget to visit the tea shop for some home-made cake, and be ready for some serious rose buying!
The book is published by Conran Octopus at £30.