Roses forum: Augusta Luise - My Favorite 2019 Rose

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Dec 31, 2019 8:25 AM CST
I think it's fun to focus on some of the more unique roses we enjoy. Here's a short article I wrote for my rose society newsletter on one of mine.

Augusta Luise - My Favorite 2019 Rose

Each winter I take time to review my rose photos from the past year to help me evaluate the performance of my roses. I have about 150 roses and was struck by the great overall performance of a first year rose – Augusta Luise, a blended pink hybrid tea from Tantau Roses (1999).

Augusta Luise arrived in November 2018 from the Canadian nursery, Palatine Roses as a bare root grafted on multi-flora rootstook. I initially planted the rose in a pot, then put it in the ground in March 2019. By October the rose had grown to 4' tall, 2' wide – which is quite amazing since many of my roses need a couple of years to achieve that size. The first bloom arrived around May, and by the fall the rose was producing large bloom clusters. One of Augusta Luise's charm is the many color variations of pink, peach, yellow, and a bit of purple it offers, along with a moderate fruity fragrance. I'm thrilled with Augusta Luise and look forward to seeing how well she does in 2020. Here's a photo collage of Augusta Luise's first year.

Side note: It took eight years of patience before I could acquire Augusta Luise. I started a rose garden in 2011 and quickly discovered that I loved multi-colored and striped roses. I saw photos of Augusta Luise on the internet and learned that Tantau roses are not typically sold in the U. S. On a rose forum (Houzz) I found out that Palatine Roses once sold Augusta Luise years ago, and was able to negotiate with Tantau the right to sell it again but under the name Augusta Louise. I knew from the forum that there was a great demand so in early September 2018, on the first morning the Palatine website began taking orders, I was ready with my credit card at 6AM. Palatine said that they only had 100 Augusta Louise roses and we could only buy one. The website was immediately overwhelmed and my shopping cart crashed three times before my purchase went through after an hour and half. My husband thought I was crazy trying to buy roses at 6AM but he obviously doesn't understand the "rose obsession" that some us have.

If you are interested in this rose, you can wait until September 2020 to buy it from Palatine - it sells out within hours so be ready to jump on it like I did. Or, you can contact Peter Schneider (the Combined Rose List editor) who owns Freedom Gardens ( to get an own-root version.

Here's another photo of Augusta Luise from the Tantau website
Thumb of 2019-12-31/AnnKNCalif/03975f

If you like multi-colored roses, Augusta Luise would be a great one to add to your rose garden.
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Dec 31, 2019 9:19 AM CST
Beautiful article and pictures. I ordered mine from Peter and am looking forward to getting it in the fall.
SoCal (Zone 10a)
Dec 31, 2019 9:57 AM CST
Beautiful pictures. I have ordered 2 Augusta Luise, it's not coming until Fall of 2020.
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
Dec 31, 2019 1:46 PM CST
Yeah! That's beautiful! I also have mine on order from Peter. He still has some in stock, btw.
Name: Lola
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Dec 31, 2019 4:21 PM CST
Augusta Luise is a favourite of many people but every time I see it at the nursery I can't bring myself to buy it. There is something about it that just doesn't do it for me and I think it must be the colour. Earth Goddess is a sport with the same shape but in a creamy yellow colour and I much prefer it to Augusta Luise.
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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Dec 31, 2019 4:51 PM CST
Observe, observe, observe
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
Dec 31, 2019 7:31 PM CST
That's so interesting. I just had to get it to see what all the fuss was about. Peter says it's the rose that draws the most attention during his sale and sells out first. I was just thrilled to find out it does well with cold and BS in my zone and area. That was the deal clincher. Somehow, I figured it must be a wimpy BS magnet, but apparently not. ; D
Name: Dennis Brown
The Big Island, Hawaii
Dec 31, 2019 10:23 PM CST
Your Augusta Louise is magnificent! sorry it's not available for purchase.
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
Jan 1, 2020 7:18 AM CST
Ohhhhh, I do like that Earth Goddess. I hope mine will eventually have a sport that I can take a cutting and see if I get that plant. Not like I have the room for it or anything.
SoCal (Zone 10a)
Jan 1, 2020 2:46 PM CST
That's it for me, Augusta Luise is the last pinkish rose, no more pink roses after this order, I have too many. I need to get other color too.
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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Jan 1, 2020 3:21 PM CST
Ann - beyond glorious!!!! Swoon-worthy!!! Drooling Thank you so much for showcasing Augusta Luise!! The colors on your roses are exquisite!! I got one last summer...and all of my roses did terribly...but AL was better than the rest even so. I'm so excited to see how she does this coming summer!

Lola and Margie - I would love to get Earth Goddess too!! Wowza that's amazing!! I love AL more than the look of EG...but they're so close that I would love to have both! What a wonderful looking sport!

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