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Evelyn rose the right roses english rose david austin author WMotzet selbst fotografiert. The original uploader was WMotzet at German Wikipedia
'Rose Review' Series Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Average Disease resistance: Good Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: strong Heat tolerance Highest rated roses by gardeners worldwide Rose: Shrub rose Shrub size: Medium - Large (4.5 ft)

Evelyn Rose Review | David Austin 1991

Evelyn rose


Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Absolutely wonderful perfume
  • She tolerates the heat very well.
  • A great cut flower
  • Such as vigorous rose


  • She does not make an attractive shrub.
  • She is not a healthy rose.
  • Her colors fade quite bad and fast in the heat.
  • Her blooms are not extremely large.



English Rose – bred by David Austin

David Austin

Evelyn bears giant, apricot colored flowers of a shallow, saucer-like shape, with numerous small petals inter-twined within.

‘Evelyn’ is better suited to the warmer climates of the US where it grows well. The blooms are particularly large and most attractive, the petals being beautifully arranged. The color is a glorious soft apricot, sometimes tinged with soft pink. It has few thorns. It has a wonderful fragrance, which is similar in style to an Old Rose, but with a sumptuous fruity note reminiscent of fresh peaches and apricot

The Right Roses:

David Austin introduced Evelyn rose in 1991. At the moment (January 2020), she is not available in the UK, while David Austin is still offering her in the US. Although she has been on the market for about 20 years, many gardeners around the world still consider her being among the most popular David Austin roses.


many gardeners around the world still consider her being among the most popular David Austin roses

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Evelyn rose: The pros

Evelyn has four main strengths.

First, she produces an absolutely wonderful perfume! This must be her best feature. It is just so good with strong notes of fruits. David Austin described her perfume as an incredible mixture of fresh peaches and apricot. Therefore, we hope we do not go overboard when we say, Evelyn epitomize what summer is really about with a delicious fragrance and rich colours. It is such a strong and delightful fragrance that many of us would like to see in roses.

Second, Evelyn can tolerate the heat very well. Along with her gorgeous perfume, this characteristic has made her a must-have rose for many gardeners in the warmer climates in the US. As you know, many gorgeous English roses look good breath-takingly gorgeous in the cooler climates. Going across the pond to the US, unfortunately some of them have a relatively disappointing performance. Everyone knows the story about Summer Song. Another recent story is about Dame Judi Dench. In January 2020, David Austin is not listing her on their website in the US anymore. No one knows for sure the reason why, apart from David Austin Roses, of course. But the best guess would be because of her less-than-desirable performance in the heat in the US. Evelyn is not like that. She thrives under the sun!

Third, Evelyn is a great cut flower. She lasts very long in vase. Although she is not one of the varieties best for cutting and arrangements, her performance in vase is still very impressive.

David Austin has introduced several great roses with long-lasting blooms such as Jubilee Celebration, Golden Celebration and Princess Alexandra of Kent. In general, their blooms can last 5 – 6 days in the sun. In the rain, their blooms may last shorter.

If you would like to buy roses being best as cut flowers, you may want to consider Boscobel, Charlotte, Darcey Bussel, Golden Celebration, Graham Thomas, Jubilee Celebration, Lady of Shalott, Molineux, Munstead Wood, Princess Alexandra of Kent, Teasing Georgia, The Alnwick Rose, Windermere, and of course Spirit of Freedom.

We would like to make an extra comment about the vase life of roses to make it clearer for the readers. What do we mean by ‘last 5 – 6 days’? Some gardeners may think that their roses of the same varieties in their gardeners last much longer. Here is our response. That is definitely the beauty of nature. A lot of factors can influence how long a bloom last. The weather. The heat. The month of the year. And, the soil in the garden. However, what do we mean by ‘last 5 – 6 days’? We refer the vase (or stem) life of a bloom to the number of days in which the bloom is truly at its best. That means the number of days that a fully opened bloom is truly at its best and you do not feel like its best moment has been over. Therefore, a flower bud may take one or two weeks to go from the bud stage to completely shatter. However, once it fully blooms, its life is significantly shorter. We have to say that Jubilee Celebration, Golden Celebration and Princess Alexandra of Kent produce very long-lasting blooms. Even at their fully opened best, they can easily last 5 – 6 days in vase or on stems. For your information, we have a silly habit. We would like to deadhead the blooms as soon as their best moment is over so that the plant can focus their energy for the next flush and repeat better. For instance, we usually deadhead The Ancient Mariner and Royal Jubilee about 2 days after they fully bloom. It takes a lot of time and effort to deadhead, we know. However, it is good for the roses and for us because we would have more blooms to enjoy.

Fourth, Evelyn is such as vigorous rose. She can be such a big rose in the warmer climates. Sometimes she can produce many long canes, e.g., 10ft, 15ft, or even 20 ft. Therefore, when it happens, it is just so hard to believe that she is a shrub rose.

Evelyn rose: The cons

Evelyn has four weaknesses.

First, she does not make a lovely shrub. She is too vigorous with many long octopus canes. Therefore, it is very hard to keep her under control in the warm climates.

Second, she is not a healthy rose. This is not a joke. More or less, the day (week) you stop spraying, that is the time you must start being worried about all kinds of diseases on her shrub, e.g., black spot. Of course, gardeners are very different with each other in terms of their priorities. Some keep disease resistance as their top priority. Others do not. Personally, we would suggest gardeners choose the healthier roses. That would make their life a lot easier.

Third, her colors fade quite bad and fast in the heat. After a while, sometimes she looks almost like a white rose in the intense heat.

And fourth, her blooms are not extremely large. Each bloom has about 100 petals. And, on average, they are about 3’’ large. David Austin has introduced a few rose varieties producing very large blooms, e.g., The Lady Gardener, Jubilee Celebration, Golden Celebration and Princess Alexandra of Kent. The last two roses (Golden Celebration and Princess Alexandra of Kent) consistently produce very large blooms (probably the largest ones). You may also want to consider Brother Cadfael. The bloom sizes of Gabriel Oak, The Ancient Mariner, and Princess Crown Margareta are also very nice.

Evelyn rose in different climates

Gardener Country Zone Experience
Tracee Tuck USA 7b All do very well in my garden with endless blooms passed first frost
Fabio Pozza Italy 7 Marvellous rose

Evelyn rose: The similarities

Evelyn look quite similar to The Lady Gardener. Many gardeners think that Evelyn is a much better rose than The Lady Gardener. We can understand the reason why they think so. Evelyn produces a much stronger fragrance. However, The Lady Gardener is much healthier with a nicer shrub shape. In addition, The Lady Gardener is more floriferous. Therefore, they are totally substitutable for each other. It is just another alternative for you to consider.

If you love something with a wonderful fragrance and excellent health, which is something in between Evelyn and  The Lady Gardener, you should consider Emily Bronte. She is very healthy. And, her perfume is absolutely wonderful and wonderful! She is among one of the most fragrant David Austin roses. Please read our review of Emily Bronte for more details.

Evelyn rose: The details

Height & Spread: 4.5ft x 3ft Color: Apricot peach Fragrance: Strong
Fragrance notes:  Fruity Flowering: Repeat Flowering Suitable for containers: Not so much
Sun exposure: Full sunlight Bloom size: Large (3.5’’ or 9 cm) Disease resistance: Average (The Right Roses), Good (David Austin)

Photo credit: WMotzet selbst fotografiert (The original uploader was WMotzet at German Wikipedia.)


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10 months ago

Hi Right Roses, I find that you mentioned different amount of time (in years) needed for roses to be established on where they are growing in some of your posts. I wonder how to tell that they are established, like Jude the Obscure, he needs very long time to establish, but how to tell if he is finally established? Is it by how frequent he would repeat flowering? Or how big his blooms are? And do you think different David Austin subtype like English Leander and English Hybrid Musk means different flowering habit? I mean like, I wonder if English… Read more »

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