Carolyn Knight

(Austurner) English Shrub Rose Bred By David Austin
Colour: Soft gold
Flowering: Repeat Flowering
Fragrance: Strong, Myrrh/Tea
Size: Medium Shrub 140cm 110cm
Bloom Size: Large

We find that the occasional variety will, after a few years, produce a sport - in other words a plant that varies in just one characteristic, usually colour. Read more

Mixed Border

Rose Border

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We find that the occasional variety will, after a few years, produce a sport - in other words a plant that varies in just one characteristic, usually colour. Here, 'Summer Song', has sported from its usual striking burnt orange colour to a distinctive shade of soft gold. At the bud stage the colour is a most beautiful shade of apricot complete with a lovely pink flush. All other characteristics are the same as 'Summer Song'. The young flowers are quite rounded opening up into large, fully double, cup-shaped flowers which hang gracefully on the stem. The sweet, warm honey fragrance has a remarkable depth and complexity. Each flower is subtly different with varying hints of almond, myrrh, blackcurrant and tea. .


Colour: Soft gold BLOOM COLOUR Colour may vary depending on growing conditions. Colour fade is a characteristic of some varieties.
Flowering: Repeat Flowering REPEAT or ONCE FLOWERING? REPEAT FLOWERING roses flower in flushes from late spring through to early winter. ONCE FLOWERING roses only produce a single flush of blooms lasting 3 to 4 weeks in mid summer
Fragrance: Strong, Myrrh/Tea
Bloom Size: Large BLOOM SIZE GUIDE Bloom size varies over the life cycle of each bloom. Measurements refer to the average diameter of a bloom at its prime. LARGE BLOOM: 3.5-5" MEDIUM BLOOM: 2-3.5" SMALL BLOOM 1-2"
Family: English Shrub Rose
Size: Medium Shrub SIZE GUIDE All measurements are approximate 'height x width' and refer to a 3 year old established rose, pruned once annually, measured during the first flush of flowers in June. 140cm 110cm
Breeder: David Austin
Year of Introduction: 2013

Ideal For

Mixed Border
Rose Border

Growing Conditions

East, South, West Facing
All soil types
Full Sunlight

Origin of Name

Carolyn Knight was a great help to the nursery in the early days when she helped with various aspects of design. Sadly she passed away recently.

English Shrub Roses

English Roses have natural, shrubby growth which makes them ideal for both rose borders and combining with other plants in mixed borders. The more compact English Roses work well in rose beds, whilst taller varieties can be trained against a post and rail fence. Most varieties will perform surprisingly well in partial shade with at least four or five hours of good sun a day. English Roses as shrubs look best when planted in groups of three or more of the same variety. They will then grow together to form one dense shrub, which will provide a more continuous display and make a more definite statement in the border.
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The Story of

DAvid austin roses

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains at the heart of what we do. From one man's vision David Austin Roses has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

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