English Rose Gallery: Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’

Red rose 'Darcey Bussell' in bloom during Rosemoor's festival

Darcey Bussell Rose with perennials

Darcey Bussell Roses

Rosa Darcey Bussell at Bodnant

Rosa Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell Roses with polemonium

Rosa Darcey Bussell

The latest in my series of galleries of English roses is Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’. Red and crimson roses are notoriously difficult to photograph, so I’m pleased that my iPhone made such a decent attempt at colour rendition.

‘Darcey Bussell’ has a good deal going for her but that beautiful crimson colour has to be her crowning glory. She doesn’t droop, isn’t too tall, and has a nice shrubby habit. All English roses were designed to be combined with other flowers, but I’ve often seen Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’ looking impressive all on her own in a mass planting.

Most of these pictures were taken this year at RHS Rosemoor Garden in the first week of July, during their Festival of Roses (which I heartily recommend). The fourth one was taken several years ago with my old camera at Bodnant Garden in Wales – Darcey is in the foreground.

If fragrance is especially important to you, you might prefer Rosa ‘Munstead Wood’ which has shapely, slightly deeper crimson blooms and a strong rose scent. But for sheer flower power, it’s hard to beat Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’.

Other galleries in the series include:

English rose gallery: Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’
English rose gallery: Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’
Gallery of English roses
Gallery of orange English roses

30 Replies to “English Rose Gallery: Rosa ‘Darcey Bussell’”

  1. I’ve just been listening to a spirited musical tribute to Darcey Bussell on Radio 3. This rose seems to chime in perfectly with this dancer’s assertive presence on stage.

  2. A sight for sore eyes on yet another dull day. I could smell rose perfume as soon as I opened this post and you have done well in capturing her beauty. Thanks Susan xx

    1. My pleasure! We’re just back from a woodland walk in very dull light. The only thing really punching out colour was the beech leaves – I kept finding myself wondering if I was imagining their boldness.

  3. I tried to leave a comment a few hours ago, but wasn’t allowed. So I’m trying again so you know that I thought this tumble of red roses was gorgeous.

  4. WOW. These are amazing. I absolutely love the lush, vibrant masses of blooms. English roses are truly stunning and I would LOVE to have a bush or two someday! As soon as I can get my own yard… haha

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