You either love it or hate it. Personally, I love it.
I fell in love with David Austin's Charles Darwin rose the first moment I saw its large, full blooms. I've never seen a rose so packed full of petals. It was mesmerizing to me. And the color - yellow, with a touch of apricot - is also beautiful to me. Romantic is the perfect word for a rose with this form and color.
But there are people that would disagree with me. I've read some of their rantings. They call this rose ugly. And you might agree with them. Because basically, Charles Darwin evolves. Yes, it's the perfect name for this rose.
It evolves from the most beautiful shade of yellow to a faded white.
And then, it evolves again to a cream with a blush of pink.
Charles Darwin is said to grow to 4 ft tall and 3 ft wide. But you can clearly see mine is acting more like a climber, throwing limbs in every direction, with blooms all along the canes. Perhaps I should keep it pruned shorter. Perhaps it will straighten up when it gets older. Perhaps it will evolve into a stiff caned, upright rose. But for now, it has a very loose form, a form that I enjoy.
Charles Darwin rose will grow in zones 5 to 10, is scented and almost thornless. It's a rose that evolves. You either love it or hate it.