Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’ fills the garden with its heady scent during July

Plant of the Month for July is a rose bred and named by David Austin, in honour of Harlow Carr

A tough little rose for a tough location, rose ‘Harlow Carr’ (formally titled Rosa [Harlow Carr] = ‘Aushouse’) fills the garden with its heady scent during July. The soft rose-pink flowers are carried on a strong growing bush that deserves to be given some space in the garden. Bred by David Austin to repeat flower it has the added benefit of flowering stems clothing the bush at all levels, plus attractive bronze young foliage that later becomes green.

At Harlow Carr the soft pink flower shades are combined with strong purple spikes of the glorious Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ AGM or the pure white Campanula latifolia var. alba for contrasting effect. A carpet of catmint or Viola cornuta AGM would complete the subtle mix.

Keep an eye on deadheading and light pruning of Rosa ‘Harlow Carr’ to prolong the flowering display so you can enjoy the summer scents for as long as our summer lasts. What memories will its “old rose” fragrance evoke with you?

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