The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild™

Type: David Austin

Large, peony like roses of deep pink touched lilac with a paler lilac on the outside of the fringe-like petals. Growth is spreading and arching into a well-rounded, mounding continual blooming bush. A strong fruit-fragrance with tones of raspberry, peach and a hint of mint. 3 1/2" bloom with 41 petals.

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Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score No
Bloom Type Double
Breeder Code AUStijus
Characteristics Breeder, Fragrance
Specific Color Pink
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Very Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # No
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant No
Approximate Size 5' X 3 1/2'
Year 2003


Customer Reviews (4)

delicate form and delicious smelling bloomsReview by Alison_8b
This rose was in a partial sun location its first year and did not bloom at all- thats my fault. She lived though the Gulf Coast FL winter and come spring, I pruned so two 12" stems remained, moved this rose to a full sun (8 or more hours of sun!) location and it took off! This is the 2nd year and after the move, each stem, lengthened, and has put out laterals with buds on the end. When the flowers bloom, they nod down from the weight of them. The smell is amazing! fruity rose. I hope this rose gets bushier and stronger canes. I will probably feed more calcium, epsom salt, banana peels and bone meal to strengthen those stems. Also, this rose seems to need less water than my others since she is not as close to a sprinkler head and it is doing great on the SE side of my yard. Very thorny. No disease at all in this huge BS region! This rose seems like it wants to climb, or be staked because the thin stems. I will keep this rose in my garden because I can't grow peonies this far south and I love the delicate peony-like form of the blooms. (Posted on 5/10/2016)
Pretty but...Review by Alson
I grow this one in a Zone 5A, and it does well. However, it would greatly benefit from staking as this one does get pretty floppy, like peonies. (Posted on 6/12/2014)
Peony or a Rose?Review by Keith Fi
I'm a huge fan of Peonies and Roses and I planted this rose next to my Peonies and you can hardly tell the difference. Also the scent of this rose is just amazing. Growth is strong every year in a full day of sun - yearly growth is and easy 2+ feet. (Posted on 6/10/2014)
A Fantastic Rose! Beauty and ScentReview by Pat M.
This rose is the closest I have found for a rose that looks like a Peony. Here in Arizona it is too hot and dry for Peonies, but this rose has the look. I had also purchased a David Austin - Charles Rennie Mackintosh after a friend suggested it to be "Peony like". It is, but not as much as The Ingenious Mr. Fairchild. This rose also has a good strong fruity rose scent. A winner all around! (Posted on 5/8/2013)

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