Charlotte is a petite shrub rose and a musk hybrid so you know already that its tea rose, exotic fragrance will permeate all around it. The flowers are jam-packed with nigh on 100 petals per flower encircling a classic button eye and are held in a cup shape that evolves into a rosette as it matures. The colour is a soft, (veering towards the unsalted) butter yellow - gentle, accommodating and very even. The buds are often streaked with pink before they open. For a reasonably small shrub rose, its flowers are large and multitudinous and they just keep on coming over the summer months. The leaves are in proportion, matt and mid green on an upright structure that has a compact and symmetrical frame. See our full range of David Austin roses available for sale.
Being reasonably diminutive Charlotte bewitches in pots - lead (faux or real) or terracotta both work well. She is small enough to make a rather stunning hedge to delineate sections of your garden or the front of a border. Her generosity of flowers ensures her a place in any cutting garden. And remember that she is made of tough stuff being heartier and hardier than most other roses and so will flourish in the colder parts of the UK. Overall for any yellow rose lovers she is very much an all purpose rose. Grow her in front of the taller Golden Celebrations for rays of sunshine every day of summer or employ The Lady of Shalott to mother her for a permanent sunset. Surround her with Lady's Mantle (alchemilla mollis) and Philadelphus and thread through a wonderful honeysuckle like Graham Thomas for a yellow and white scented border.
You might have thought that this rose was named after the littlest Cambridge addition but Charlotte is in fact David Austin's grand-daughter.....and no doubt will prove to be a marvellous present for all the other little Charlottes out there.