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
||(English Rose Collection)
|| Medium Shrub Short Climber
||Old Rose Strong
||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