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Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rosa (RO-zuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gertrude Jekyll
Additional cultivar information: (PP7220, aka AUSbord)
Hybridized by Austin; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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English Rose (aka Austin Rose)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Patent Information:
Patent expired

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

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7 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kniphofia On Jun 16, 2011, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hands down for me this rose has the best 'old rose' fragrance. Beautiful in colour and form too, a wonderful plant.

Positive FLOWER_FANATIC 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!

Positive zhenya 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.

Neutral Joan On Nov 14, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: James Mason Award 2002

According to David Austin's 2009 Handbook of Roses, they named this rose for Gertrude Jekyll, a talented garden designer.

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 7220 has expired
Positive amarettonc 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.

Positive girlndocs On Mar 2, 2006, girlndocs from Tacoma, WA wrote:

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.

Positive Lenjo On Jul 20, 2003, Lenjo from Mount Angel, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a very sweet little rose here as the plant stays smaller between 2 and 3 feet and it is worth growing just for the fragrance. It is a clear soft pink also. Highly recommned 'Gertie'.

Positive PurplePansies 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
Wilmington, Delaware
Flossmoor, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Lombard, Illinois
Palmyra, Illinois
Pekin, Indiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Hinsdale, Massachusetts
Central City, Nebraska
Los Lunas, New Mexico
Charlotte, North Carolina
Gastonia, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Coburg, Oregon
Mount Angel, Oregon
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Prosperity, South Carolina
Hixson, Tennessee
Garland, Texas
Irving, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Winchester, Virginia
Tacoma, Washington
Woodinville, Washington

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