The Teddington Gardener

The Nation’s Favourite Rose

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Gertrude Jekyll, one of the most scented David Austin roses. If nothing else in your garden is fragrant, Gertie is more than up to the job. A proper Old Rose fragrance, so no surprises, but always winning praise for the strength and depth of the perfume. Comte de Chambord is one parent, a little more complex on the other side of the family tree, but David Austin has created a superlative rose, voted, in some manner that I forget, The Nation’s Favourite Rose. Fair enough!

Gertrude Jekyll ® (Ausbord) David Austin Recommended Variety

Category English Roses
(English Rose Collection)
Bred By David Austin
Colour Deep Pink
Flower Type Double/Full Bloom
Size Medium Shrub Short Climber
Hardiness Very hardy
Fragrance Old Rose Strong
Repeating Good
Special Characteristics Winner of the ‘James Mason award’ 2002 from the Royal National Rose Society

The flowers of this rose start as perfect little scrolled buds and soon open into the most beautiful, large, rosette-shaped flowers of rich glowing pink. The growth is upright and vigorous and in every way reliable. The most outstanding characteristic of this lovely rose is its beautiful and perfectly-balanced Old Rose scent. This is often described as being the quintessential old rose fragrance. The foliage and growth are similar to that of a Portland Rose, with the typical Portland widely-spaced leaflets. It forms a medium sized shrub which is robust and free flowering. Gertrude Jekyll was a famous garden designer, who has had a profound effect on the style of English gardens of the present day.

4.5 x 3.5 ft or 6-8 ft as a climber

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