English Rose, Austin Rose 'Geoff Hamilton'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Geoff Hamilton
Additional cultivar information:(PP11421, aka AUSham)
Hybridized by Austin
Registered or introduced: 1998
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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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Flowers are good for drying and preserving

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Washington, District of Columbia

Kailua, Hawaii

Kaneohe Station, Hawaii

Maunawili, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!