Bred by David Austin and introduced in 1988, this rose is a white version of Mary Rose, also a David Austin rose.
How could I pass up the chance to use this rose as my featured Christmas flower when it was named after a church and related to a rose named Mary? The white of this rose urges us to think of the innocence and purity of Christmas morning.
One of the finest cathedrals in Britain is the Winchester Cathedral. With a name that well-known, this David Austin rose had a lot to live up to. Not to worry. It has a very appealing Old Rose fragrance with honey and almond blossom mixed in.
This hardy, early flowering, medium sized shrub is bushy, but graceful. It can also be trained as a short climber. These English roses are prolific. You may see two or three rounds of flowers during the season.