English rose William Shakespeare: how to grow at home

Rose William Shakespeare is a popular variety due to its rich red color and lush blooms. Beautiful roses are able to give a unique charm to any garden. Able to bloom several times: from May to June and from September to October.

Description of the rose Shakespeare

The varieties of English roses, which were selected by the famous David Austin, combine the charm of the old and the quality of modern varieties: a cross between fragrant, lush, old roses and modern compact, resistant roses. Very double, arranged in a rosette, the buds have many petals. There are many flowers on each shoot.

The English rose variety was created by crossing the Tea Rose and the Floribunda. The double rose was named after the famous playwright William Shakespeare. For the first time this variety was introduced in 1987, and immediately won the attention of flower growers around the world. As a result, these roses have a special cupped flower shape, delicate aroma, long flowering and various shades of petals.

A tall, upright, lush bush up to 120 cm high. Suitable for any garden, looks harmoniously in single and group plantings, perfectly combined with other garden crops.

Lush Bush

They can be planted in flower beds, borders, and as hedges. Flowering takes place throughout the summer in two waves. If the weather permits, it may bloom throughout September.

Note! This variety goes well with many garden plants. Bluebells planted in the foreground, sage, delphinium, foxglove, phlox, etc. emphasize the beauty of lush roses.

Abundant dark green foliage. The flowers are very large, up to 15 cm in diameter, with more than a hundred lush petals of bright red color with transitions to pink and crimson. The aroma is subtle, with a slight violet tint.

An improved version of the William Shakespeare 2000 variety with beautiful flowers and exquisite aroma was bred after 13 years.

  • An easy-to-grow variety with a more spreading bush.
  • Strong.bush.
  • Can be grown as a hedge.
  • With full flowers, suitable for cutting.
  • Intense rose scent.
  • All summer blooming variety.
  • Possesses the increased resistance to insect pests.

Beautiful strong double flowers are formed in shallow cups. Saturated dark crimson color gradually turns into purple. The erect stems produce many inflorescences.

Landing and care

Rose English Shakespeare does not need special care, it needs the same care as classic roses. Care for her consists of watering, fertilizing and pruning.

How to grow a rose at home? Rose bushes in a container can be planted all year round, excluding periods of frost. With bare roots planted in October and April.

 Garden decoration

]Bush varieties are photophilous, require bright lighting all day, but cannot stand direct sunlight and strong winds. Rose loves rich and well-drained soil, avoid calcareous soils. Soil acidity is neutral. The earth must be loose so that enough water and air can reach the roots.

In order for the rose to remain healthy and not affected by diseases, it should be fertilized regularly and correctly. The soil is fertilized with organic matter mixed with peat. Rose William Shakespeare is very sensitive to the nutrient content of the soil, but at the same time she does not like excessive feeding.

How to plant a rose?

Features of the care and planting of English roses:

  • the distance between the bushes is 50–70 cm;
  • loosening the soil – after each watering and rain;
  • in May – June, fertilizing with nitrogen fertilizers, in July – August – with phosphorus and potassium;
  • preventive treatment with fungicides 2 times per season.

Prepare a planting hole measuring 50 by 50 cm. Before planting, the seedling must be lowered into the water so that the roots absorb moisture. Part of the pit is covered with a mixture of humus, soddy soil and peat. Cut off damaged roots. The roots of the seedlings are straightened, sprinkled with soil. The place of inoculation of the rose is not deepened. After planting, water abundantly.

Regular watering is necessary at the beginning of the growing season and during periods of summer and hot weather. It is recommended to water early in the morning to allow the foliage to dry quickly and thus avoid the development of diseases.


Sanitary and formative pruning is required for the plant. The first pruning of the rose by William Shakespeare is carried out in the spring, immediately after the removal of winter shelters. In March, cut the bushes by a third and thin out the center, remove thin branches and dead wood.

 Sanitary pruning

Dried or frozen shoots are cut off completely, all living ones are shortened by a third, and too weak and thin – by half.

Additional Information! In summer, faded flowers are carefully removed from the bush to encourage the bushes to bloom again. Unripe shoots are pruned before shelter for the winter. In autumn and spring, damaged shoots and those that grow inside the bush are cut out.

Loosening and weeding the soil around the rose bush is necessary for the circulation of air, moisture and nutrients. The trunk circle is loosened to a depth of 10 cm so that pests multiply less in the soil. Mulching will reduce weeds and keep the soil moist longer.


New specimens can be obtained by cuttings. With this method of reproduction, all varietal characteristics of the rose are preserved. The middle part of the shoot 10-15 centimeters with 3-4 internodes is cut off from the bush. The lower part of the cutting at an angle – under the kidney, the upper – above the kidney. The lower leaves are removed, leaving the top two.

[ Cutting method

The lower part of the cutting is treated with a root former, placed in loose soil. Cover with a transparent container on top, creating greenhouse conditions. It is necessary to water the stalk without removing the cover from it.

Note! The rose does not tolerate transplanting well, so it is recommended to immediately plant the stalk in a permanent place of cultivation. For the winter, a rooted young seedling is sheltered from the cold.

Diseases and pests

In general, English roses resist disease well. You can destroy pests by washing the plant with water directly from the garden hose, then spraying it with insecticide.

If there are twisted leaves on the bush, then the plant was attacked by a rose leafworm and a rose sawfly. In this case, you first need to collect all the affected leaves and burn them. Removing damaged parts of the plant is the only and effective way to fight.

Shelter for the winter

English roses are not very resistant to frost, and with the onset of cold weather they need shelter. Protection from the cold begins with the onset of the first frost. The roots are covered with dry soil mixed with humus to a height of 40 cm. When persistent frosts occur, covering material must be thrown. With the onset of warm days, the rose is opened.

Rose William Shakespeare is the best red rose at the moment. A luxurious dense bush is quickly formed, resistant to diseases.