One of the great yellow flowering roses, the Graham Thomas rose is a David Austin variety, mostly sold as a shrub rose. This is a vigorous rose, and in good conditions could well be used as a low growing climbing rose.
Clean pale yellow flowers from late spring to autumn, Graham Thomas is a rose that loves a warm sunny position, where it will flower repeatedly through the season.
Easily reaching a height of 1.4m, and being a strong growing rose, Graham Thomas does require a little more space than many.
In a good sunny position the flowers will be a rich yellow, a little on the paler side with less sun as is the case with many roses.
It is named after Graham Stuart Thomas, a bit of a legend in the horticultural world in the 1900s.
How good is the Graham Thomas Rose ?
It is one of our favourites for the masses of large cupped flowers, it was inducted into the Rose Hall of Fame in 2009 and its is hardy.
It is vigorous, you could grow it as a hedge, the flowers make great cut flowers for vases as well. It is continuous flowering, and the flowers are medium to large size, they also hold well when cut early, great for vases.
It can be grown as a shrub or a climber, and thrives in warm climates. Try to hold back a little on the high nitrogen type fertilizers, or Graham Thomas may ‘Take Off’. A position in good morning sun seems appropriate in warmer climates. For smaller gardens maybe look for Molineux
Fertilize your Graham Thomas Rose regularly with a specialist rose food for best results.
In our climate, this is a rose that sends out long canes and does require some heavy pruning, however it is also a very easy rose to prune.