Spotlight on: David Austin Leonora Rose


David Austin Leonora rose

David Austin Leonora quoteLeonora (Auswagsy), a name meaning ‘light’ and ‘compassion’.

David Austin Leonora, previously known as ‘Ella’ is one of our newest David Austin varieties and is already a wedding favorite for brides. She is the epitome of classic elegance and understated style, befitting of a small intimate occasion or to elevate a regal celebration.

Her formation is truly outstanding and can we boldly say, pretty perfect! This is a rose that any bride would be proud to hold on her most special day. We are privileged to be able to inspire brides all over the world to create a dream rose wedding and we are delighted to focus our spotlight on Leonora for a classic white wedding.

“My goal remains the same – to try to develop the healthiest
roses possible without compromising their beauty, fragrance,
grace and most importantly, their charm”
David C.H Austin (1926 – 2018)

Stylishly Sophisticated

You can dress and style David Austin Leonora in so many ways. She is incredibly versatile and will always stand out as the Queen of white roses. We have opted for a classic green and white story below using nothing more than nature’s freshly gathered foliage to accompany the ivory 1 deposit casino and white petals of Leonora. Her open blooms revealing their full beauty.

David Austin Leonora wedding bouquetGetting Creative

From structured wreaths to floral faffing, you can have so much fun with David Austin Leonora. She will work with you in whichever way you wish. So we asked some floral friends to get to know Leonora – up close and personal!

Steph from @fairynuffflowers got creative designing a beautiful wedding wreath, bouquet, and centerpiece to complement. Simple, stylish but so well curated.

“I absolutely love to use Leonora roses in wedding bouquets. The combination
of incredible scent and the most beautiful, ruffly blooms makes them absolutely
perfect for my brides (and for me as I always order extra). The beautiful shape
makes Leonora incredibly versatile too, ideal for both formal, structured bouquets,
and for more relaxed hand-tied arrangements.”

Steph @Fairynufflowers

Leonora then went to visit Alicia of Flirty Fleurs in Washington State. The classic green and white story continued but with a different take – the feathery, lime green fern leaves added a formal, sophisticated vibe. Add an inky, midnight blue backdrop and wow, Leonora suddenly has attitude!

“Leonora (Auswagsy) is a phenomenal rose as it opens into a perfectly
shaped round bloom filled with blousy petals. I’m always in search of a great
white garden rose to design with in wedding work and Leonora is an excellent
rose to fill this need – a splendid hue of pristine white, large bloom size,
a beautiful cupped shape and long lasting.”

Alicia @FlirtyFleurs

For Floral Designers

If you have not used David Austin Leonora before then give her a go and share your styling with us by tagging your image #leonorarose.

We guarantee you will enjoy using her and will fall in love with her as much as we have.

The beauty in our roses is to see how they naturally open from a closed bud to an open bloom. Nature is incredible so we recommend letting nature take its course and allow your blooms to open. Leonora can take up to 4 days to open and once open has a fantastic vase life.

David Austin Leonora blooming stages

The flowers chosen for a wedding day are so important. Often the wedding style and color theme are centered around the flowers. Each of our roses has an individual characteristic and personality, which can reflect every bride’s own character and style. We always advocate choosing what is personal to you and above all – enjoy the experience of getting to know the flowers in all their beauty.

See the complete David Austin Roses collection

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