Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m) 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m) 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Bloom Color: Medium pink (mp)
Bloom Shape: Double Quartered
Flower Fragrance: Very Fragrant
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Blooms repeatedly
Patent Information: Non-patented
Other Details: Susceptible to black spot Susceptible to mildew
Pruning Instructions: Blooms on new wood; prune early to promote new growth
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings From semi-hardwood cuttings From hardwood cuttings By grafting By budding
On Jun 10, 2011, FLOWER_FANATIC from Columbus, OH wrote:
I bought this rose in a gallon pot at a local nursery in Zone 5b/6a, Columbus, Ohio. It is a vigorour grower and has grown over 5.5 ft even though I did not buy the climber version of Gertrude Jekyll. It is VERY THORNY, BUT has the most wonderful fragrance that can be smelled even with a good breeze. I usually get at least 2 or 3 flushes of flowers from spring to fall, with the first flush being the fullest.
Can't go wrong with this rose. Love it!
On Apr 21, 2009, zhenya from Los Lunas, NM (Zone 6b) wrote:
To me this is one of the best fragranced roses there is. I had several in my old place and they were also quite hardy. They are a bit bright pink for my taste, but when I was being chosey about what I wanted to plant in my new garden, I bought some more Gertrude all the same because I could not be without that fragrance.
On Jan 9, 2007, amarettonc from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
Beautiful pink blooms with a fantastic fragrance. Large flush in the spring, a few sparse blooms in the summer, and a second smaller flush in the fall. After the first flush of blooms it grew several long nonblooming canes. Keep these pruned to encourage more blooms. Very little problem with blackspot or powdery mildew, even though it was next to a rose bush that was covered in powdery mildew.
This is a gorgeous rose. Clear glowing pink color that seems almost illuminated (but not hot-pink, a true pink) aging to powdery pink with the slightest violet-blue tint. The scent is delicious and carries 50 feet to our driveway. One of the first to bloom every year, opens well even in wet weather without balling up, has held up well against diseases and pests. Mine has been subjected to some pretty undignified treatment and a touch of neglect but still produced lots of blooms.
It looks absolutely fantastic next to deep purply-blues. Blue/violet "Gallery" lupines and "Grandpa Ott" morning glories are both flattering neighbors. Munstead lavender is good too but doesn't have the same punch.
I only wish this rose weren't so thorny -- it has lots of teeny tiny needles and takes leather gloves to prune.
On Jul 19, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
One of David Austin's "English Roses". Medium sized, bright pink, old rose-style blooms on medium sized plants are beautiful, but the main reason to grow this rose is for fragrance. Out of this world! A scent that wafts for yards, with a PERFECT tea rose fragrance. A perfect, clean, full tea rose fragrance that smells like the best rose perfume. Not terribly difficult to grow, although not the toughest of "English" roses, but much easier to grow than hybrid teas. A great choice for a rose, perennial or scented garden.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Trinity, Alabama Little Rock, Arkansas Chico, California Corte Madera, California Newport Beach, California San Jose, California Soquel, California Winchester, California Talleyville, Delaware Flossmoor, Illinois Hampton, Illinois Lombard, Illinois Palmyra, Illinois Pekin, Indiana Coushatta, Louisiana Hinsdale, Massachusetts Central City, Nebraska El Cerro-monterey Park, New Mexico Raleigh, North Carolina Ranlo, North Carolina Columbus, Ohio Coburg, Oregon Mount Angel, Oregon Mercer, Pennsylvania Prosperity, South Carolina Middle Valley, Tennessee Garland, Texas Irving, Texas Rowlett, Texas Winchester, Virginia Tacoma, Washington Woodinville, Washington