double yellow David Austin rose

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Outstanding Qualities

Rosa 'Graham Thomas' is a beautiful shrub rose from English rose breeder David Austin which he named for the late, preeminent English rosarian Graham Stuart Thomas. The World Federation of Rose Societies awarded this rose with the moniker "World's Favorite Rose" in 2009. The large double-cupped blooms are bright yellow and have a sweet tea rose fragrance. This very vigorous growing shrub has lush green foliage with a very dense habit and good disease resistance.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: yellow

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: fragrant deep yellow flowers in summer

Wildlife Associations: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, gold, bronze

Great Color Partners: rose, lavender, purple

Culture Notes
This shrub rose flowers best in full sun with rich well-drained or sandy soil. It is a heavy feeder and benefits from a regular application of fertilizer. Provide regular watering during dry weather to encourage lush growth and repeat flowering. It can be lightly pruned in the late fall or early winter to protect from winter wind damage. Major pruning to develop the shape of the plant should be done in early spring when the leaves are beginning to show green. It has good disease resistance.
Geek Notes
In CRL they show 'Graham Thomas' as the cv name and AUSmas as the breeder's code name. In RHSP they show 'AUSmas' as the cultivar name. dark yellow. fragrant. Austin 1983.