I planted an Ascot rose last year. I must have seen a picture or seen someone's post and been interested. Anyway it did nothing at all last year...can't even remember what color it (looked it up--it's dark red). But this year the bush is going crazy. The leaves are glossy and the bush is well formed. It's got about 8 million buds. Can't wait! I'll keep you posted.
I got mine as a band from Freedom Gardens in October. Potted it up over the winter and put it in the ground this spring. Had its first bloom a couple of weeks ago. Just one flower. Can't wait for more. So far, it has been one of my slower growing roses which is just fine with me as I know he will get big.
This houzz thread becomes a discussion on giant Ascots towards the end. Now I'm starting to reconsider getting one in the spring. I don't think I have antwhere near the space it need 😕 Maybe my windy zone 7 would keep it in check?
Name: Desertgarden Central Texas (Austin Area) (Zone 8b)
Wow, BigAppleRose Guy/David! What a nice-looking Ascot! I purchased and grew Ascot years ago. It did not look like yours, which is what I wanted. I was not pleased! I believe Ascot what left behind when we sold our home instead of being among the roses that were re-homed/gifted.
Thank you for posting. I have to research this rose again and see if it could be a possibility for a TX garden!
Glad to learn that Freedom Garden offers it versus only having a multiflora option (not sure how it performs here).
Welcome Ann! Ascot should do fine in your zone. You will probably need to see if it gets fungal diseases since you live in a higher humidity area. You will also probably have to force it into dormancy in the winter/early spring, when you prune.
My Ascot has really started to take off and is now probably double the size of when I took that picture of its first bloom. It is getting lots of buds on it.