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Rosa 'Geoff Hamilton'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Geoff Hamilton
Additional cultivar information: (aka AUSham)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1997

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Bloom Color:
Medium pink (mp)

Bloom Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:

Other Details:
Resistant to black spot
Resistant to mildew
Resistant to rust

Pruning Instructions:
Avoid pruning

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RuthieC On May 1, 2014, RuthieC from Shell Rock, IA wrote:

Love my Geoff Hamilton! I planted him in mid May and saw blooms by mid July and boy were they gorgeous! Lovely, pink,large, cup shaped blooms with a great scent. They were fun to bring inside as they lasted several days when cut. I plan to use them for a garden wedding this summer. Also, once uncovered this spring he was the first to show signs of life after our -20 winter!

Neutral ChrisZ5 On Apr 21, 2012, ChrisZ5 from Tracy, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

We have had this rose for at least 5 years. It blooms scantily, and the plant itself is never over 12-18 in. tall and wide. When it blooms they are beautiful. I think we need to move it to another spot on our property to see if it perks up.

Neutral Joan On Nov 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose in memory of their old friend who encouraged countless number of people to spend more time in their garden.

Positive punaheledp On Jul 5, 2004, punaheledp from Kailua, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

just recently planted my bare root and it's budding leaves. Will see how it does here in zone 11.

8/02/04 changing from neutral to postitive rating as just a month from planting, and have my 1st flower, and it is lovely. think romantic, think feminine, and this is it. not much scent at all, don't know if that will change as the plant matures or if it is the affect of the climate. of 12 roses planted this was not the 1st to bloom, but it has grown the most. Very pleased.

Positive springlover On May 8, 2004, springlover from Franklin, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

Of all my English roses, this one is a real winner! It is like iron! Resistant to everything, even rabbits! I would rate "Jeff" as near to a Canadian Explorer rose as one could get.
The flowers are wonderful as is the scent!
For anyone in the midwest, this is a winner!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Washington, District Of Columbia
Kailua, Hawaii
Lombard, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Shell Rock, Iowa
Tracy, Iowa
Franklin, Michigan
Millington, Michigan
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Roslyn, New York
Easley, South Carolina

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