English Rose, Austin Rose 'Lilian Austin'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lilian Austin
Additional cultivar information:(aka AUSli)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1973
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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Orange pink (op)

Bloom Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Blooms repeatedly



Can be trained as a standard or tree form

Patent Information:


Other Details:

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Pruning Instructions:

Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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

Calistoga, California

Coronado, California

Forest Falls, California

Camden, Maine

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Bluffton, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 11, 2015, mesimarja from minneapolis, mn,
United States wrote:

I live in Minneapolis, MN (Z 4) and have successfully grown this rose for 8 years. This really is a lovely 'relaxed' Austin rose; by relaxed I mean that the number of petals and looser more open petal arrangement mean the flower is held upright so it is always visible.


On Feb 7, 2013, JoannCooper from Bluffton, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

The rose that Bloomer describes is not Lilian Austin. Lilian Austin has large, rich medium pink bloom with a warm tint and slight yellow glow at the heart of the bloom. Petals are beautifully ruffled. The shrub is full and robust, wider than tall - about 3 X 5 feet for me. Foliage is dense medium green and fairly disease resistant (spray or use a systemic). Lilian puts out flushes of bloom throughout the season that literally cover the plant. When in bloom, the weight of the flowers creates a lovely wide arching/weeping effect. Give the plant plenty of space to develope naturally. Very nice fragrance.. Even here in Z 8b, this plant will go dormant in winter. Plan for a large vacant spot once freezing temps arrive, but she leafs out early in spring and is so worth the space she need... read more


On Jul 7, 2010, Glenn3 from Camden, ME wrote:

We love this rose. The color is striking, and although we protect it for the winter, it comes back with vigorous growth each spring.


On Jun 9, 2008, roybird from Santa Fe, NM wrote:

This rose is a prolific bloomer. It doesn't seem to be bothered at all by the hot, dry days and cool nights in our mountain region. It has remained fairly short, about 3 feet tall, but grows wider every year. One of my favorites.


On Sep 10, 2005, butterqueen from Kernersville, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I believe the rose Bloomer is describing in the other comment is the Austin 'English Garden'


On Apr 10, 2001, Bloomer from (Zone 9a) wrote:

Austin 1986 - 'Lilian Austin' x (seedling x 'Iceberg')

Dainty shrub to 3' tall. Rosette shaped flowers to about 3" across, with numerous small petals. Color is buff-yellow, paling toward the edges. Foliage is mid-green.

Blooms shatter rather quickly.