Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Large: 4-5"
Bloom shape: Cupped
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: Medium yellow
Rebloom: Good
Class: Shrub
Growth Habit: Medium, 3-4 feet, bushy
Fragrance: Strong
Hybridizer & year: David C. H. Austin, before 2014
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 5 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5b -26.1 °C (-15 °F) to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: Unknown

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'The Poet's Wife'
  • 'AUSwhisper'

Common names
  • Rose

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565
Date: 2017-06-12
First flower ever; planted spring, 2017

Date: 2020-05-29
Location: Near Napa Valley (Northern California)
Date: 2020-07-21

Date: 2018-07-29
Rosa 'The Poet's Wife'
Location: Huntsville, Al
Date: 2022-05-09
Location: Coon Rapids, MN home garden
Date: 2022-06-22
1st year plant
Location: In Billie's garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 04-14-2017
Rose (Rosa 'The Poet's Wife') 0003

Date: 2018-07-30
Rosa 'The Poet's Wife'
Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)
Date: 2018-06-01
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-10
Location: In Billie's garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 04-14-2017
Rose (Rosa 'The Poet's Wife') 0002
Location: Zone 6B WV
Date: 2021-06-14
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Location: Butchart Gardens, Victoria, BC, Canada
Date: 2020-06-26
Location: Near Napa Valley (Northern California)
Date: 2020-04-23

Date: 2018-09-24
Rosa 'The Poet's Wife'
Location: Near Napa Valley (Northern California)
Date: 2020-07-24
Location: Wynyard Hall garden, UK
Date: 2023-06-21
Location: In Billie's garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 04-14-2017
Rose (Rosa 'The Poet's Wife')
Location:  My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USA
Date: 2018-08-28
Plant is struggling; few flowers and leaves.
Location: In my Northern California garden
Date: 2016-09-02
Location: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Date: 2017-10-09
Location: Wynyard garden, Durham, UK
Date: 2019-07-22
Location: In Billie's garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 05-08-2018
Rose (Rosa 'The Poet's Wife') 0004
Uploaded by oliversf
Location: Zone 6B WV
Date: 2021-06-18

Date: 2016-06-01

Date: 2016-05-27
Uploaded by oliversf
  • Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK - Zone 7a) on Dec 8, 2019 9:20 AM concerning plant:
    'The Poet's Wife' is another in a long line of awesome Roses introduced by David Austin. I say that because, when first introduced to his 'English Roses', I discounted them a bit... thinking English Roses could not possibly do well on the Southern Great Plains. Boy, was I wrong!
    Since then every one of the David Austin Roses I have tried has performed admirably in central Oklahoma.
    'The Poet's Wife' achieved an extra degree of prominence, however, when my friend Billie asked for a Rose for her decidedly shaded small garden. David Austin touted this Rose as shade tolerant... and our local nursery carried it... but I still had doubts.
    Until, of course, we planted it and it threw blooms all summer long in a site I thought only a Hosta would thrive in. It is in its third year in the ground now and it still produces an admirable quantity of its exquisite blooms.
    I highly recommend it as a shade tolerant Rose.

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