Saturday, May 7, 2011
I don't grow many red roses but my favorite is easily 'L.D. Braithwaite'. It is a David Austin rose (named after his father-in-law) with a tidy growth habit and a lovely scent. I have also grown the other Austin reds, 'Shakespeare 2000' and the deep crimson 'Prince', but I still like L.D. the best. Of course it may have been the location of the other roses that made them a bit more susceptible to disease, but this one seems to be the easiest to grow along the coast. The color does vary for me from a deep, true red to this color that is a bit more cherry, but I love it never-the-less. I just wish I could find a couple more!