Thomas J. Story

English roses best suited to Western climate zones

Kathleen Norris Brenzel  – August 6, 2004

‘Abraham Darby’. Small clusters of blooms in shades of pink, apricot, and yellow have a peach-lemon fragrance. Shrub; to 5-6 feet tall.

‘Eglantyne’. Large double blossoms of soft pink are sweetly scented with an old-rose fragrance. Bushy; to 4 feet tall or more; slow to establish in warm climates.

‘Gertrude Jekyll’. Perfect buds open to large flowers of rich pink with a strong old-rose fragrance. Vigorous shrub; to 6 feet tall (more in warm climates) with long, stiff, thorny canes.

‘Golden Celebration’. Rich yellow flowers, tea scented with fruity overtones. Shrub; to 5 feet tall; good in mild climates.

‘Graham Thomas’. Butter yellow blooms with a rich tea-rose fragrance. Vigorous upright bush; to 4 feet tall in cool climates, to 8 feet tall or more (and sometimes a stingy bloomer) in warmer, milder regions.

‘Heritage’. Blooms have soft pink centers and white outer petals; fragrance is fruity with carnation or jasmine overtones. Bushy shrub; to 4 feet tall; not long-lived in warm climates.

‘Mary Rose’. Medium pink blooms with heady perfume. Upright bush; to 4-5 feet tall in mild climates (smaller in cold climates); in desert areas, takes heat but can reach house eaves.

‘Molineux’. Flowers are rich yellow with a tea-rose fragrance. Shrub; to 3 feet tall; excellent in Southern California.

‘Tamora’. Apricot-pink blooms have a strong myrrh fragrance. Compact bush; to 3 1/2-4 feet tall with thorny canes.

‘William Shakespeare 2000’. Velvety blooms are dark crimson, aging to rich purple, with strong fragrance. Bushy, arching shrub; to 4-5 feet tall; tolerates heat.