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Graham Thomas rose

By: Garden Gate staff
Talk about romantic roses! The richly scented, voluptuous yellow blooms of Graham Thomas are the very definition of romance.

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Graham Thomas rose Rosa ‘Ausmas’

Talk about romantic roses! The richly scented, voluptuous yellow blooms of Graham Thomas are the very definition of romance. Fully double, 3 1/2-in.-diameter flowers form in clusters on arching canes, leaving behind large yellow hips in fall. The effect is mesmerizing!

Graham Thomas has the upright, bushy habit typical of shrub roses. It usually grows to 3 to 6 ft. tall, but in warmer areas where it doesn’t die back in winter, the plant can reach 10 to 12 ft. tall.

Space plants for good air circulation, water deeply near the soil and add mulch to hold in moisture and discourage weeds. Remove faded flowers and fallen leaves to keep the plant tidy and to prevent disease.

TYPE Shrub rose SIZE 3 to 12 ft. tall by 2 to 4 ft. wide BLOOM Yellow flowers from early summer to fall LIGHT Full sun SOIL Moist, well-drained PESTS Blackspot and Japanese beetle are occasional problems HARDINESS Cold: USDA zones 5 to 9; Heat: AHS zones 9 to 1

Want to learn about more great shrub roses? Check out Issue 91 of Garden Gate magazine, on newsstands now!

Published: Jan. 5, 2010
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