by Karen Schmidt
It is impossible to decide what my favorite rose is, but Munstead Wood is certainly there in the top five! This lovely English Rose by David Austin is a dark rose with many shades of purple and red, giving it the appearance of glowing. Although it is very full, with many petals, this rose is amazingly quick to rebloom, with one flush following another. In my garden, Munstead Wood has been very hardy (even with last winter' s Polar Vortex and no winterizing). It has a short bushy growth form and a strong old-rose fragrance. The blooms, which grow in small clusters, are almost 4" across and have a beautiful old-fashioned quartered rose form. It has been quite disease resistant for me – I do not spray it at all. I have two plants now, and may even add a third!