James Galway™®

Type: David Austin

David Austin describes it like this "A superb large shrub with long, slightly arching, almost thorn-less growth". This is a tough disease-free rose that is excellent for the back of a mixed border can also be grown as a climber. The flowers are 4" and full with over a 100 petals, with many shading to pale pink at the edges. There is a delicious Old Rose fragrance. Continual Blooming

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Additional Info

Additional Info

Alternate Name(s) No
Specifc ARS Score 8
Bloom Type Fully Double
Breeder Code AUScrystal
Characteristics Breeder, Fragrance, Shade, Thornless
Specific Color Pale Pink
Country of Origin England
Fragrance Moderately Fragrant
Hardiness Zone(s) 5 (-20° to -10°), 6 (-10° to 0°), 7 (0° to 10°), 8 (10° to 20°), 9 (20° to 30°), 10 (30° to 40°)
Patent # 13918
Rebloom Continual Blooming
Shade Tolerant Yes
Approximate Size 8-10' x 4 - 5'
Year 2000


Customer Reviews (8)

Lovely ScentReview by Jo
I planted this rose to form a blooming wall against a fence at the end of my driveway. I have paired it with a blue clematis for contrast. They have a fence and tall pole for support. Both were planted this spring, but have made adequate progress. The James Galway rose has bloomed 3 times with 2 buds at a time. I have been blessed with a final blooming of the season. The scent is therapy for me. I visit the rose every morning as I leave for work and inhale deeply. I wish I could share it with my patients in my psychiatric hospital classroom. I got the idea for the color combination of pink and blue from a movie. I have high hopes that it will grow quickly next season and look forward to the beautiful scent wafting to my deck as I relax after work next summer.

(Posted on 10/14/2017)
Lovely in the ShadeReview by DD
James Galway is only 4 months old in my garden. I received the 1 gal size in late May and had a few lovely blooms in August and finishing just now the first day of Fall. James is climbing about 4' up a trellis with very healthy dark green foliage that is almost thornless. He receives only 4 hours afternoon sun in Albuquerque, NM zone 7 and is thriving. (Posted on 9/22/2017)
Gorgeous Review by Laura
Still a new plant so they have explained that they are slow at first but such a beautiful bloom (Posted on 8/26/2017)
Definitely one of my favorites!!!Review by Mhelrose
I ordered the gallon size one and it arrived impressively packed. Planted it on the Portland, OR mid summer heat by our front lawn arbor. As expected it didn't have leaves when it arrived but it thrived in just a few weeks. Started blooming even when it's barely 2 feet tall with 4" blooms! Unproportionally pleasing. It's tiny stems surpringly didn't find it hard keeping the blooms facing up either. It's so hard to do fall clean up cause it's now mid November and it's still giving me wonderful blooms. I love the different shades of pink this rose has on one delicate bloom, Darker pink in the middle fading to the softest pink towards the outer petals. YES it is a gorgeous rose but I didn't completely fall for it until I burried my nose in the biggest bloom I had. It has a light but truly wonderful sweet scent just enough to get rid of the stress of my day. I did noticed a few black spots and i really can't blame the aphids for loving the fresh shoots. So far even the rain can't stop this baby from blooming ever so beautifully! I am not a fan of digging a 2X2 hole on our clay and really rocky area but i can honestly say this rose is worth it. My hubby's hard work, digging, paid off. I LOVE THIS ROSE!!! (Posted on 11/13/2016)
My Hardiest Rose, Stunning Blooms!Review by Alison_8b
James Galway has to be my favorite rose in my garden! 2 years old and this rose has took off so nicely! I got him in front of my brick pillar off of the front porch and this is a great spot for him! When the buds popped up this spring, there were 4 on the end of each stem, and when it blooms I just wanted to sit on my front porch to enjoy their beauty. The smell is very faint and you have to inhale the bloom to smell anything but it is nice and smells like what you think a rose smells like. The blooms last a week when its not raining. They are darker pink in the center, sometimes taking on apricot tinge to them, and then they become pale pink with age. They are really gorgeous. It put out one long octopus main cane that was about as thick as my thumb and I trained it horizontal for a while until it put out a lateral and that cane is thicker than a pencil. I am so glad I got this rose, very high quality! I would definitely recommend it if you have room for this one! Extremely Hardy in my Gulf Coast FL garden. BS's a little but I don't spray any of my roses. (Posted on 5/10/2016)
One of my best rosesReview by Hardy in central Indiana
I live in central Indiana, and our crazy weather can be devastating to plants. I planted a row in the front yard with sun about 60-70% of the day (mostly afternoon). When planted, they were only a foot high, but grew full and 3 ft tall in the first summer. We had them moved and temporarily replanted while we did construction and then moved back again. I thought they were goners, but they came back full force the next summer. We had a terrible winter, and my knockout roses in the same area died back to the ground, but my James Galways are tall with lots of blooms. Only downside is that the Japanese Beetles love the blooms. (Posted on 5/28/2014)
Beautiful, so many budsReview by Cher
I planted 2 of James Galway 3 yrs ago in Dallas Texas. They are now about 11 ft tall, but I have them arching over an arbor. They have really exploded this year with so many leaves and buds. They are just beautiful! They did not do much the first year, second year good, 3rd year Fabulous! Love, Love, Love! (Posted on 4/17/2014)
So many budsReview by sos
I planted this rose last year and got very few blooms and a few very tall canes. This year it has taken off. It has a nice spread around the base as well as over the rest of the plant and the new growth has 3 buds where you would expect to see only one! It is only the middle of May, in zone 7 and I bet there are at least 100 buds on this one plant. (Posted on 5/9/2013)

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