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Golden Celebration

A nice pale yellow English shrub rose. With a good fragrance, it prefers a warmer drier climate and is a little bit frost tender.

Golden Celebration
Golden Celebration, an English Shrub Rose

You may also see this labeled as the Ausgold.  It was first released by David Austin in the early 1990s.  Its parents are the great Abraham Darby and the Charles Austin.

The main features of this are the nice fragrance and light yellow color.  It’s not an eye popping yellow but rather more muted.  It’s a nice shrub that goes well as a border or in the back of the garden.  I prefer a brighter yellow but sometimes you need a little quiet in your garden. Lots of people like this over the more popular Graham Thomas, also from David Austin.  I prefer the GT myself but this one does seem to have larger blossoms. It also has a delicious scent. I've heard that it can also work as a climber as well, although I haven't seen this yet.

Unfortunately, this breed does tend to be susceptible to blackspot. It's probably best avoided if you are in a rainy or constantly damp area. Also, although it's rated for zones 5-10, it does need winter protection. It can get up to 6 feet tall but it also tends to grow wide so it needs a good amount of space. One advantage to it is that it can grow even in partial shade, so it may be a good option for those hard-to-plant areas. Sun or not, expect a couple of seasons before you'll really see the blooms on these, especially if you've planted bare root roses.

It can also bloom even in semi-arid areas, but not the full-on desert. Of course, like most roses, the more water the better the blooms (within reason). It also seems to be one of those breeds that really responds to food supplements too.

More English Roses

With around 200 different varieties, we are never going to get a definitive collection of them. However, we will continue to add new pictures and descriptions as we come across more varieties in both public and private gardens.

Abraham Darby
Bred in 1985, part of David Austins English Rose collection. Rated by Austin as one of the more fragrant of his creations.
Constance Spry
The very first of David Austins English rose collection, Constance Spry is still as popular as ever after more than 50 years.
Falstaff
While the picture of the Falstaff rose is not of a perfect specimen, it does still show the wonderful coloring and form.
Gertrude Jekyll
Named after a famous garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll is a classic English rose from the 1980s. A creation of David Austin Roses.
Golden Celebration
You may also see this labeled as the Ausgold.  It was first released by David Austin in the early 1990s.
Jude the Obscure
There is nothing descriptive of the rose in this name. And nothing romantic either, unless you are a fan of the novelist Thomas Hardy.
Othello
This is one of the earlier of the Austin English roses. No longer actively marketed due to it being superceded by better varieties.
The Pilgrim
David Austin did the rose world a great service, with his introduction of the English Roses. The Pilgrim is one of his best.
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