Strong Violets, Green Tea, Fruit
Modest (2-4 in)
Zone 5 -
Height & Width:
4 ft x 2 ft
Golden Celebration is the yellow English Rose that Claire Martin recommends Americans grow instead of Graham Thomas. Like Graham Thomas, it makes large, nicely cupped yellow flowers. Like Graham Thomas, Golden Celebration's flowers are a garden-friendly shade of yellow, with a hint of tan and a touch of soft apricot. They are also large and fragrant, but GT holds the flowers facing up, and this rose holds them in a loosely pendulous manner, facing outward and slightly downward. This suggests that one might plant Golden Celebration in slightly elevated beds, but Graham Thomas at grade or in lower terraces. In locations that are especially sunny, and where the air is not too muggy, Golden Celebration may be better than Graham Thomas because it is less likely to grow huge and forget to flower. But elsewhere, especially where the humidity stays above 50 percent for very long and nights are warm, it suffers from fungal disease and needs more attention than Graham Thomas, else the plants will spend much of the summer defoliated.
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