THE DARK LADY – An English rose with dark-colored, loosely shaped flowers resembling peonies. The fragrance from them goes in the style of Old roses. The bush grows mass from year to year. The DARK LADY rose got its name in honor of one of the heroines of the sonnets of W. Shakespeare.



  • Group – English roses 
  • Subgroup – English hybrids of Old roses
  • Basic form – shrub
  • Height – 1.2 m
  • Diameter – 1.2 m
  • Bush form – round
  • Color of flower – dark raspberry
  • Number of petals – 140
  • Flower shape – cupped, thick,
  • Flower size – 8-10 cm
  • Flowering form – clusters
  • Flowering type – repeating
  • Aroma – saturated
  • Foliage – large, shiny, light green
  • Shoots – upright, strong, with spikes
  • Features – with a warm, but long wet weather prone to powdery mildew
  • Resistance to powdery mildew – medium
  • Resistance to black spotting – medium
  • Cold resistance – 5-10 zones USDA
  • Breeder – D. Austin
  • Catalog name – Ausbloom
  • Year of introduction to the crop – 1987
  • Soil – all types of
  • pH – there may be slight fluctuations from neutral (5.6 – 7.8)
  • Drainage – required
  • Plot – sunny / partial shade
  • Container – yes
  • Standard – yes
  • Planting types – mixed planting, borders, hedges, container garden
  • Pests – typical for roses
  • Diseases – downy mildew, powdery mildew, black spotting, rust of roses

The DARK LADY rose is looked after like this:

  • Planting for roses is the most important step in leaving them. Rosa THE DARK LADY prefers sunny areas with well-arranged drainage. It grows on almost all types of soils. The earth must be loose in order to allow enough water and air to pass through to the root system.
  • Watering. Roses are watered as necessary – up to 10 liters of water per 1 adult bush on average 2 – 3 times a week. In dry times, watering is more frequent. If the English rose THE DARK LADY grows in a container, then watering is usually more frequent. In both cases, it all depends on weather conditions.
  • Fertilizing with fertilizers is carried out at least 2 to 3 times during the growing season. It can be both mineral fertilizers and organic. Mineral complexes, which are introduced by spraying, also give roses. For roses growing in pots, top dressing is more frequent, but smaller doses are used.
  • Pruning roses depends on the group to which it belongs. Pruning is done twice: in the summer, faded parts are constantly trimmed to stimulate the appearance of new flowers, and in the fall, winter or early spring, pruning is performed to form the plant and prevent it from diseases or pests hiding under the bark of the plant. The DARK LADY potted rose is also pruned.
  • Loosening and weeding the soil around the rose bush is necessary for the circulation of air, moisture and nutrients for the root system. To minimize your labor, use mulching. This agricultural technique will help reduce weeds and leave the soil longer moist. This applies to container roses.  
  • Shelter for the winter is especially necessary if the minus temperatures are very low or in winter, frequent long thaws are characterized by a sharp decrease in minuses. Be sure to cover the English rose THE DARK LADY, growing in pots.  

Enjoy your cultivation!

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