We don’t grow many roses, only two or three, because we haven’t the patience to spray and prune and spray and prune and spray, as many roses require in order to perform in the garden. But we consider Rosa ’Graham Thomas’ to be a winner. Blooms are double, of pure yellow and very fragrant. It’s generally classified as an English shrub rose, and it gets tall, 8 to 9 feet, so plan ahead. Zones 5 - 9. Correct cultivar name is Rosa ’Ausmas’ I assume because it was bred by David Austin and named for Graham Stuart Thomas, a duly famous English plantsman. Makes sense to me. Unlike most current patented cultivar names, say ’Abetwo’ ("Incrediball") or ’NCHA1’ ("Invincibelle Spirit"). It has to do with "branding." In Arizona where I partially grew up, branding was for cattle so you could identify them if they strayed. But plants don’t graze and wander so . . .
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