Charlotte Rose Review | David Austin 1993
Suitable for containers8.0/10
Tolerance of shade6.0/10
Tolerance of poor soil7.0/10
Best for cuttings7.0/10
- Gorgeous blooms
- Her color does not fade remarkably in heat
- Very healthy rose
- Forming a smaller shrub
- Quite hardy (zone 5 - 11)
- Large bloom size (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12 cm)
- Producing a light fragrance
- Not very floriferous
- Does tolerate shade very well
CHARLOTTE ROSE REVIEW | THE RIGHT ROSES
English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin
Bears exquisite flowers of a soft yellow colour. These start off beautifully cupped, later opening out to form rosettes. Each bloom is packed with numerous small petals, arranged around a classic button eye. There is a pleasant Tea fragrance. It forms a compact, bushy shrub, with even, upright growth. David Austin, 1993.
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David Austin introduced Charlotte for the UK in 1993. He named this rose after one of his granddaughters.
David Austin has a tradition of naming some of his best roses after the members of his family. For example, James L Austin (2017 – one of his sons), Claire Austin (2007 – his daughter), Olivia Rose Austin (2014 – his granddaughter). And, in this case, it is Charlotte – his granddaughter.
Charlotte is an exquisitely gorgeous rose. Unfortunately, she must compete with other better roses in the same segment. As a result, she is not among the most popular David Austin roses.
“Charlotte is an exquisitely gorgeous rose. Unfortunately, she must compete with other better roses in the same segment”.
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Charlotte rose: The pros
- RHS Garden of Merit Award
Charlotte rose has five main strengths.
First, she produces very gorgeous, soft-yellow blooms. Even better, her color would not fade in the heat. We believe that this is a big plus point of Charlotte. As a rose lover, probably sometimes you wish David Austin roses could keep their delicate colors better in the heat. For example, Emily Bronte (2018) could fade to almost white as she ages. Moreover, Carolyn Knight (2013) also would not have her soft-gold shade in her summer flush. Therefore, the team at The Right Roses really appreciate those roses which can sustain their rich colors, such as Charlotte.
Second, Charlotte is a healthy rose. David Austin rated her disease resistance as “excellent”. Please keep in mind that Charlotte came to the market in 1993, when David Austin roses, in general, were quite weak in this dimension. Therefore, 20 years ago, she attracted a lot of attention.
However, in the last ten years, David Austin has vastly improved in this aspect. Most of his new introductions are very healthy, rated as “excellent”, for instance, Gabriel Oak (2019), Eustacia Vye (2019), and Emily Bronte (2018).
If ‘disease resistance’ is the thing that matters most to you, here is the healthiest David Austin roses you can find: Olivia Rose Austin, The Mayflower, Mortimer Sackler (climbing), Princess Anne, Hansa, England’s Rose, Kew Gardens, Susan Williams-Ellis, Claire Austin (climbing), Roald Dahl, Tottering-by-Gently, Malvern Hills (Rambling). The team at The Right Roses think that Olivia Rose Austin, Princess Anne, and Roald Dahl are 3 of the very healthy roses. You really cannot do much wrong with them in terms of disease resistance.
Third, she is one of the smaller David Austin roses. Her shrub size is 3.5ft x 3ft. Therefore, she is a great rose for small gardens. However, she does not have an upright growth habit. Her canes arches outwards like many other arching David Austin roses.
Fourth, Charlotte is quite hardy. However, not excellently hardy. She can tolerate zone 5 – 11, which is between -10° and -20°F.
Fifth, Charlotte produces large blooms (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12 cm). They are just so gorgeous that it is so hard for you to take your eyes off her.
Charlotte rose: The cons
Charlotte rose has three weaknesses.
First, she produces a light fragrance. David Austin rated her fragrance as ‘light – medium’. However, the team at The Right Roses think her fragrance strength should be ‘light’ only, which is not totally impressive. For those gardeners who love fragrance to bits, probably this is the biggest drawback of Charlotte.
Second, she is not very floriferous. At least, she does not perform as well as a few other direct competitors of hers. I will get to that in a minute.
Third, she does not tolerate shade very well. Although her disease resistance is ‘excellent’, you should plant her where she gets full sunlight.
Charlotte rose: The similarities
As we mentioned above, Charlotte is a good rose. However, she is not the most popular one, although she is an award-winning rose.
The reason for that could be the fact that she has a few strong competitors in the same segment: smaller roses.
Molineux is a great rose. Differing to Charlotte, it has an upright growth habit. So, it is a neat rose for smaller gardens. David Austin rated Molineux’s fragrance strength as ‘light – medium’, which is the same with Charlotte. However, to our noses, Molineux’s fragrance is slightly stronger. In addition, Molineux can tolerate shade. Molineux is also much more floriferous. However, its color varies quite a lot according the climate you are in.
Golden Celebration is a terrific rose. It is a big rose with leggy canes. Like Charlotte, it does not tolerate shade. Its disease resistance is ‘good’ only (not ‘excellent’ like Charlotte). However, in terms of fragrance, it is absolutely the among the best one you can imagine. Nothing really can be compared with its tasty and strong fragrance. Only one alternative we can think of is Emily Bronte (2018). In addition, Golden Celebration also produces the largest blooms among all English roses.
Charlotte rose: The details
|Height & Spread: 3.5ft x 3ft||Color: Soft yellow||Fragrance: Light (The Right Roses), Light-medium (David Austin)|
|Fragrance notes: Tea||Flowering: Repeat Flowering||Suitable for containers: Yes|
|Sun exposure: Full Sunlight||Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12 cm)||Disease resistance: Excellent|
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