Wednesday, November 23, 2011

GRAHAM THOMAS – MY FAVORITE ROSE


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Graham Thomas is one of the best hybridized yellow roses by David Austin and introduced in 1983.  It was named after the late Graham Thomas, one of great garden writers of our time who wrote “The Graham Stuart Thomas Rose Book”, a rose book classic.

Graham Thomas has a soft buttery yellow bloom which is hard to match in any modern roses.  Their cupped bloom starts as pure yellow fading into lighter color as it opens.  Blooms come both singly and in spray.  The growth is straight, tall and vigorous with pale green foliage.  Graham Thomas can reach 6 to 8 ft. in height and can be trained as a climber.  

Graham Thomas is very generous in bloom and quite a good specimen for the exhibition table.  Graham Thomas never fails me whenever I exhibit it.  Graham Thomas always wins the Best in Modern Shrub.  It has a fresh Tea rose fragrance.  I planted two plants of Graham Thomas on opposite ends of a parterre and they did quite well.  I also planted the blue clematis durandii next to it and they make good companion plants.  A stunning combination!