This rose was bred by David C. H. Austin (1926 -2018) and was introduced in the UK in 1995 and in Australia in 1999 as ‘Pat Austin’. It was named after David Austin’s wife, who was an accomplished sculptor.
David Austin’s collection of over 240 English Shrub Roses captured the imagination of rose lovers worldwide with many rightfully taking their place among the world’s most popular roses. He created ‘Pat Austin’ from a crossing of Graham Thomas and Abraham Darby, both of these also bred by him. It was regarded as an entirely new colour breakthrough in English shrub roses, introducing an orange colour to the range for the first time.
Pat Austin has deeply cupped, bright copper blooms with a brassy-yellow reverse and long pointed buds. The flowers are medium to large (41+ petals) with a moderate Tea rose fragrance, produced either solitary or in small clusters.
The softly arching, hardy bush is well branched growing to 1.2m tall x 1m wide with good repeat flowering in flushes throughout the season.
For more than 20 years, Pat Austin has been a great performer with its heat tolerance and prolific flowering. Recommended for garden beds or containers and it looks very attractive as a 90cm standard.
Available from Newman’s Nursery, Wagner’s Rose Nursery, Treloar Roses, Swane’s Nurseries and Rose Sales Online
Certificate of Merit – National Rose Trial Garden of Australia Adelaide 1998
Awards – Royal Horticultural Society / Royal National Rose Society UK 2001
Text: Deb Curtis