Rose of the Year in 2010, so it’s a good one. Rosa Absolutely Fabulous has a good bushy habit, glossy leaves and ruffled double flowers which shade from primrose yellow to old gold. Absolutely Fabulous flowers from early summer to autumn and boasts a distinctive fragrance with hints of licorice (in the Gardeners’ World magazine top ten for scented roses). Patsy or Edwina would no doubt love it. Full sun is best. Any reasonable soil. 30 in.


Rosa Absolutely Fabulous was originally bred in the United States by Tom Carruth and introduced there (in 2004) under the varietal name Julia Child, in honour of a popular celebrity chef. However, when it came across the pond and onto the UK market, it assumed the name Absolutely Fabulous. Presumably it was thought that the Jennifer Saunders tv series had more resonance with the average British rose-buyer. Just to add more confusion to the matter, in Australia it goes under the name Soul Mate. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, as Juliet so astutely remarked.

Deadhead as required in the flowering season to encourage continuous blooming. Prune back a bit in autumn then more vigorously in early spring.

The following (very) short video showcases the blooms of Rosa Absolutely Fabulous.

Rosa Absolutely Fabulous is a hardy repeat flowering shrub rose with double golden yellow scented flowers in summer and autumn suitable for full sun.

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