Geoff Hamilton

By Peggi Tucker

This soft pink English rose has been growing in my garden for about three years. I am inspired to write about it this year, because its June bloom was nothing short of splendid. Luscious beautiful blooms covered the plant, and the foliage looked very healthy. What a rewarding rose!

The plump pink buds open to a cupped, old-fashioned bloom form, jam-packed with petals in large quartered blooms. The outer petals are a paler pink which fades to white; a nice contrast to the perfectly layered inner petals. It blooms in flushes throughout the summer and fall. Depending on the day, it has a soft old rose, apple scent.

This rose is name after Geoff Hamilton who shared his love of gardening with people over British television and created Barnsdale Gardens in the U.K.

Geoff Hamilton is a medium pink shrub rose with a very full petal count of 108. An English rose bred in England by David Austin Roses, it was introduced in 1998. Winter hardy, with very good disease resistance, it would do well in zones 4 -9. Parentage: AUSblush x seedling.