English Rose, Austin Rose '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
Registered or introduced: 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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This plant is said to grow outdoors 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 16, 2011, kniphofia from (Zone 8a) wrote:

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


On Jun 10, 2011, FLOWER_FANATIC from Columbus, OH (Zone 5b) 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 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


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.


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 ne... read more


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'.


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.