Rosa Gertrude Jekyll ('Ausbord') (PBR)
rose Gertrude Jekyll (shrub)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July and September
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Beautiful, fragrant, double, deep pink flowers from July to September and greyish-green leaves. The flowers of this popular, repeat-flowering bush rose have a characteristic, old-fashioned fragrance. Performing best on fertile, moist, well-drained soil, it's best grown towards the back of the border in sun or partial shade. This rose was voted as the nations favourite in the BBC Gardeners' World poll in 2006 - so it is definitely worth finding a spot for it in the garden. More tolerant of shade than many other roses, it should still flower well with around 4 - 5 hours of direct sun every day.
All our roses are grown in an open field and then dug up when the weather conditions are right in October or November. Some suppliers send out their roses as 'bare root' plants (ie without pots or compost), but we pot ours up as it helps to keep the roots hydrated and in good condition. As they are dormant throughout the winter, they will not produce any new roots until spring, so don't be surprised if the compost falls away from the roots when you take them out of their pots. The roses can be kept in their pots throughout the winter provided they are kept well fed and watered, however ideally they should planted out as soon as possible. They will already have been cut back so no further pruning will be required, apart from snipping off any tips that have died back. Routine pruning can begin in late winter the year after planting.
- Garden care: If planting in winter, choose a frost-free spell when the soil is not frozen. Roses are quite deep-rooted plants so dig a deep hole roughly twice as wide as the plants roots and mix in a generous amount of composted organic matter. A top-dressing of a general purpose fertiliser can be worked into the surrounding soil and we also recommend using Rose Rootgrow at this stage to encourage better root development. This is particularly important when planting into a bed where roses have previously been grown as Rose Rootgrow is said to combat rose sickness (aka. replant disease).
Remove the plants from their pots and gently spread out the roots before placing them in the centre of the hole. Try to ensure that the 'bud union' (the point where the cultivated rose has been grafted onto the rootstock, and from where the shoots emerge) is at soil level. You can judge this quite easily by laying something flat, like a spade handle or bamboo cane, across the top of the hole. When they are at the right height, back-fill the hole, firming the soil down gently before watering the plant well.
Water generously until well established, and apply a specialist rose fertiliser (following the manufacturers instructions) each spring. They will also benefit from a generous mulch of composted farmyard manure in spring, but make sure this is kept away from the stems.
In late winter, pop on a pair of tough gloves and remove dead, damaged, diseased or congested branches completely. Then cut back vigorous new shoots by up to a third, and shorten strong side-shoots to within two or three buds of the main stems. If the centre of the shrub is becoming congested, remove one or two of the older stems to their base. After the first flush of flowers has faded, prompt dead-heading will encourage more flowers to form.
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Q:When is the best time to move roses thank youAsked on 9/14/2014 by glo2014 from essex
The best time to transplant roses is when they are dormant through the winter, but not when the ground is frozen. Hope this helpsAnswered on 9/17/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:I've read that this rose can be trained up a wall to about 8 feet. Is this correct or is there a different climber variety? Your eventual height says 1.25 metres. Many thanks!Asked on 7/26/2014 by Rosylea from London
This plant can be trained against a wall and if it is, it does tend to get taller than when grown as a free-standing shrub.Answered on 7/28/2014 by helen from crocus
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