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Sweet Juliet, Austin 1989. Breeding: Graham Thomas X Admired Miranda

Sweet Juliet Introduced in 1989, this is one of the yellow/peach tone roses that Austin describes as being from his "Noisette line" of breeding. I have heard many a complaint about this rose, and I would have to agree with some of the criticisms. Although it does produce some wonderful blooms, particularly in the first flush, it is not very free flowering. (for me, anyway) It usually produces smallish blooms in clusters of 3 to 5, and they are a wonderful pale apricot colour with a warm sweet scent. Most often they are less double than the ones shown here, more like 25 petals or so in an open cup shape.

In growth habit, it is very vigorous, producing a tallish (4-5') shrub that is quite dense, unlike some of the other Austin roses. It is at least as disease resistant as most of the other English roses....likely more so. I have rarely seen any disease on this cultivar at all.

Apparently climate and age of the shrub plays a big part in how well Sweet Juliet performs. It has to get to be established a couple of seasons before it will do really well.....perhaps my own shrub was just not old enough? It is not a good choice for the Northwest US, as I have heard most complaints about it from this region, but perhaps you will have a better location for it where you live. If you are willing to give it some time and space, it may be a terrific rose for your locale.

Sweet Juliet is the seed parent of my own rose, Joyce Barden. (the pollen parent being Souvenir de la Malmaison)

ARS merit rating: None assigned
Personal merit rating: 7.0
Hardiness: USDA zones 5 to 8, possibly zone 4 in a protected location.
Shrub size: 4 to 5 feet tall by 3 feet wide.
Fragrance: 3.5, fairly strong fruity scent.

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