Suggest alternatives to Austins please!
I never thought I'd do it, but a shovel pruned 2 Austins and if the 3 remaining don't do better next season, out they go. I so wanted the perfume they offer and the repeat bloom. I have a Buff Beauty, Marie Pavie and Jasminia that are spotless bloom machines. They are well leafed out and vigorous. So I believe it is not the beds they are in but the rose. Please suggest a shrub rose that has perfume, repeat bloom, English style flower for zone 5. I would need a light yellow, a light to medium pink and a bright pink. They go in a cottage garden bed with lots of companion plants so they can't be more then 4' wide. Oh yes, do you prune your Austins hard some years to get them going? I though of trying that with the leggy remaining 3.