Thursday, March 14, 2013

My favorite Garden Roses… The Yellows

As a follow up post to Pat Welsh’s rose pro program I thought I would do a post about the roses that I have had the most success with in my own garden.  I am not a fan of modern roses per say although I do have one or two in my garden.  I prefer the form and bloom style of the old garden roses, David Austin's, and Romanticas to their modern counter parts  .Please note that my garden is located along the central coast of California.  A rose that performs well for me will not necessarily provide the same results for someone on the East Coast or the South.  The rose forum on is a great resource for anyone interested in finding out which roses thrive in their particular area.  I have rarely planted a rose without consulting my fellow growers on the rose forum.  One of the resources that I have found extremely helpful is Clair Martin’s book English Roses for the California Garden.  Although since published David Austin has developed many new and  more successful varieties it is a great starting point for anyone’s research. Pacific Horticulture has a good article “David Austin’s on the West Coast” here   Locally we have the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden which was recently named the best rose garden in America.  This is a fabulous opportunity to view roses that are thriving locally.
In my own garden far and away my favorite and best performer is Golden Celebration.  In my garden she tends to have a little more faded appearance as summer progresses and the sun intensifies. She is nearly  disease resistant and blooms profusely well into December.
                                                          Golden Celebration in my garden

A close second goes to Teasing Georgia.  This rose can be contained somewhat by more aggressive pruning or trained as a climber. She is very hardy and sends out massive shoots filled with blooms.
Teasing Georgia - David Austin Rose - Rosa - The Garden Centre Group

                                                                      Teasing Georgia in my garden
I adore the climber Alchemist. I grew this rose with great success for many years but last year mine  fell to “gopheritis”  I plan to replant it. It is a once bloomer, thorny and hard to train but the blooms are well worth the effort. 

David Austin rose Molineux

Here is a picture of it in my garden before the gophers got the best of it.  If you plant your roses in gopher baskets this is much less likely to happen.

Another personal favorite of mine is the shrub rose Buff Beauty.  Unlike many of the old garden roses it is a repeat bloomer and is filled with blooms all summer long.

                                                    Buff Beauty in my garden

Graham Thomas was probably the very first Austin Rose that I planted and thrived for many years in my garden.  It does grow into a monster and the last couple of years has become quite leggy. You can see him in the background of this picture from my garden.

I have tried many other Austins in the yellow family that I have not had limited success with.  Charlotte and Pilgrim did not perform well for me.  Symphony (if you can ever get your hands on it) was quite successful and very compact (unlike most of the Austins). It is a lemony yellow which is not my personal favorite.  I gravitate to the yolky to amber yellows. Jude the Obscure and Crown Princess Margarita are still young in my garden so it is too early to report on them. 
David Austin sells bare root roses (still available) on his website here  We have a wonderful local resource Roses of Yesteryear and Today  I cannot speak highly enough of their roses.  Many of the roses  still thriving in my garden came from them.  If you are local you can place your order and go pick them up.  If you prefer to see your roses in bloom Regan Nursery in Fremont is another great spot. 
I will list some of my other favorites in future posts, but I would love to hear about your roses.  I loved hearing some of your rose programs.  Please tell us your favorites and your “dogs” as well!
Happy Gardening!


  1. Your roses are beyond beautiful -- as are your photographs. I am in love with Teasing Georgia. I prefer that old rose look and scent. I have not tried roses yet here in SW Florida. Maybe I will have to start.

    1. Give teasing georgia a try! I do love her as well!

  2. Hi, Cindy -
    I'm catching up from being away. Your roses are incredible!!! Wow! I didn't know you have so many. Thank you for all the inspirations while we wait for spring here on the East Coast.
    PS - One day I want to visit you and, photograph your fabulous garden!!!! :)

    1. Loi

      I would love for you guys to come visit! I am not sure if my garden is ready for your great eye!

  3. OMGosh....your back yard is so beautiful...the most gorgeous roses I have ever seen!

  4. Cindy, You have a fabulous yard..and a good green thumb! I love all the yellow tones of these roses. I agree I much prefer David Austin to the others. I sadly left some wonderful white David Austins behind at my last home. I need to replace the roses here with new ones. Great resources!! You give me hope. :)

    Have a good weekend!


    1. Thanks Kim! I am trying to just keep the pest free wonderful producers these days! I don't have the time to spend in the garden that I used to!

  5. Cindy,
    Your roses are beautiful! I love the Georgia rose ... or course I do.
    xo, Lissy

  6. Your photos are so tempting. I planted lots of roses a couple of years ago which I am hoping will put on their best show to date this year. Teasing Georgia is one I have been considering for sometime. I think we will also give it a try this year.


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