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'Rose Review' Series Color: Pink David Austin roses Disease resistance: Excellent Flowering: Repeat flowering Fragrance: light - medium Rose: Shrub rose

James L Austin Rose Review | David Austin 2017



Fragrance Strength


Repeat Flowering


Bloom Size




Suitable for containers


Tolerance of shade


Disease resistance


Tolerance of poor soil


Few thorns


Best for cuttings



  • Excellent disease resistance
  • Attractive shrub
  • Large bloom size (3.5 - 5'' or 9 - 12.5 cm)


  • Light - medium fragrance



English Shrub Rose bred by David Austin

David Austin

Bears large, many petalled, deep pink rosettes, each with a button eye. There is a light-medium strength fruity fragrance. It forms a neat and tidy shrub with a bushy, upright habit. Named for the son of David Austin Senior and brother of David Austin Junior. David Austin, 2017.

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David Austin released James L Austin in the UK in 2017. He named this rose after his son, James L Austin, who is also brother of David Austin Junior. And, this is just a little moving detail of this rose. David Austin promised to donate 5% from the sale of each James L Austin to Parkinson’s UK and another 5% to Cure Parkinson’s Trust. This is one of the things I really love about David Austin. They are a family company. They try to make everyone feel to be a part of a big family. They care about the community. And, they really care about those people who played a part in their success. For another example, David Austin named one of his most current releases after Carolyn Knight, who was helpful to the nursery in the early days. So, David Austin does not just produce special roses. They are a special company.


David Austin does not just produce special roses. They are a special company“.

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James L Austin rose: The pros

One of the best traits of James L Austin rose is his bush shape. He makes a very full and bushy, but neat and tidy shrub. This is the right rose for those of you who would like to have a neat garden (probably most of us). We do not want to worry about the octopus canes, which are ready to take over our garden. Therefore, James L Austin is a great rose for smaller gardens.

Next, James L Austin rose is a very healthy rose. He has beautiful, glossy, and disease-free foliage. David Austin ranked him as one of their best roses with “excellent disease resistance”. Recently, they are paying very keen attention on their roses’ ability to resist diseases. All of their new releases in the last few years are advertised as “excellent” disease resistance, for example Emily Bronte rose (2018), The Mill On The Floss rose (2018), Eustacia Vye rose (2019), and Gabriel Oak (2019).

This is a great help to us. It is always an enormous pleasure for me to see my roses to be healthy without any sign of black spot, rust, and so on. Moreover, healthy roses help me achieve my personal goal: having a no-spray, nature-friendly garden which attracts insects.

Moreover, James L Austin produces large-sized blooms (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm). The blooms are deep pink rosettes with charming button eyes in the middle. Furthermore, what I like most about James L Austin is his upright habit. He is not a shy boy. He does not nod at all!

I sometimes feel quite frustrated with nodding rose varieties. Do you remember how you felt when you had to lift a bloom up to see her or take a photo? James L Austin is not one of those nodding varieties. He reminds me a lot of another beautiful David Austin rose, Queen of Sweden. He, to a certain degree, also resembles dahlia.

James L Austin rose: The cons

James L Austin rose has one little weakness. Actually, it is my own problem. I am quite picky about rose fragrance. James L Austin produce a light – medium scent. It is a beautiful fragrance with a mixture of blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry and cherry with hints of lemon zest and almond. However, it would be perfect if he could give us a stronger fragrance. However, as you guess, life is never perfect! There is always something you wish it were better. Actually, I love the imperfections of different rose varieties. They give me the opportunity to buy many different roses.

James L Austin rose: The similarities

There are several David Austin roses which look quite similar (at least to me) to James L Austin rose in terms of the deep pink color. First, it is Gabriel Oak rose, a new release in 2019. Gabriel Oak can tolerate some shade and produce a strong fruity fragrance. Second, its is Young Lycidas rose, introduced for the UK in 2008. Young Lycidas has a strong tea fragrance.

James L Austin rose: The details

Height & Spread: 4ft x 3.5ft Color: Deep pink Fragrance: Light-medium
Fragrance notes: Fruity Flowering: Repeat flowering Suitable for containers: Yes
Sun exposure: Full sunlight Bloom size: Large (3.5 – 5’’ or 9 – 12.5 cm) Disease resistance: Excellent

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