Autumn Blooms – ‘Queen Elizabeth’ Grandiflora

Autumn has finally arrived in our Alabama garden. Cooler temps and moderate rainfall seems to put our roses back in “grow” mode and we are beginning to see some spectacular fall blooms.  We have 4 shrubs of ‘Queen Elizabeth’ grandiflora growing in our garden. Like most grandifloras, they bloom best when allowed to grow tall, so we prune these high and they really put out the blooms at a height of about 3 1/2 to 4′ tall.  For some reason, the best colors of the year come with the fall flush of bloom and I can tell you they are a welcome friend indeed.



About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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8 Responses to Autumn Blooms – ‘Queen Elizabeth’ Grandiflora

  1. Greggo says:

    those are awesome. for a rose. lol.


  2. Greggo says:

    Just kidding. Those are spectacular.


  3. Holleygarden says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve never seen this bloom in person, but they do look spectacular in your pictures. I agree that the fall rose colors are ever more vibrant than in spring.


  4. Susan Hemann says:

    Lovely Chris! Beautiful photos too!


  5. Lona says:

    I think Queen Elizabeth is just the prettiest amongst the pink roses. I had one and it died so I am apprehensive about getting another one. It is just so lovely though that I may have to rethink this.


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