James L Austin (‘Auspike’) is an English Old Rose Hybrid.
A healthy and reliable rose, the blooms have numerous petals forming perfect large rosettes, each with a central button eye.
It flowers prolifically from early summer until the first frosts and the blooms are not affected by bad weather.
The medium-strong fragrance resembles a mixture of dark fruits: blackcurrant, blackberry, raspberry and cherry with hints of lemon zest and almond.
Neat and tidy with a bushy, upright habit, James L Austin is a very versatile shrub, named for the son of David Austin Senior and brother of David Austin Junior.
It is being launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and entered into the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition.
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