Rosa Gertrude Jekyll ('Ausbord') (PBR)

rose Gertrude Jekyll (shrub)

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Buy Rosa Gertrude Jekyll ('Ausbord') (PBR) rose Gertrude Jekyll (shrub): Gorgeous double pink blooms

This rose is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: July and September
  • 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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Notes on Rosa Gertrude Jekyll ('Ausbord') (PBR)

"Exceptionally splendid, fully petalled repeat-flowering bright-pink English rose that lights up a wall, a pergola, or stands and flows as a shrub - glowing handsomely"

Vigorous, highly scented rose


A gem of a rose. Repeat flowering, healthy and fragrant

Greeneyed girl



Very good


beautiful, one of the best




Beautiful fragrant rose - mine is over 10 years old!


I bought this rose from Crocus over 10 years ago and it never fails to please.




Beautiful colour and fragrance


Our garden is full of David Austin roses and I bought this one as a gift, since we were so happy with ours. This one is a nice clear pink so it stands out in the garden and has a lovely strong fragrance.

Mrs J



Beautiful fragrant rose


Fabulous rose, beautiful!




Beautifully scented rose


Didn't look much when planters but rapidly grew into lovely healthy plant with loads of flowers




I would buy this product again in a different colour,


I bought this product as a 2017 Christmas gift to my daughter and the review is her response to your questionnaire. Instructions needed as the plant needed to be supported and it was fortunate that I had bamboo sticks to keep it upright. There was a small attack of pests which I managed to control and my rose is now very healthy. It grows into a bush rather than a climbing rose. A real attribute to my garden although it is very prickly. I am a keen gardener with a certain amount of knowledge about gardening with the additional use of gardening books, but not clueless.


Middle St George, County Durham


Stunning rose with a beautiful scent


I swear by mycorrhizal fungi (root grow) sprinkled round the roots when planting. Gerty has grown really well since planting this summer with two episodes of flowering. The scent is so good it wafts across the garden even before you bury your nose in it petals.




I would recommend this product


Nice Rose






No wonder this is the nation's favourite - everything you'd expect from a David Austin rose - beautiful flower shape, fragrance, no disease.





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Hello there, I have one of these which I planted in a large pot a couple of summers ago with the intention of growing up the garden wall. Last summer despite flowering it didn't look particularly happy and is still relatively small. What would you advise to do with it this summer?


Hello, Large roses never do well in pots in the long term, so if you want theis to grow to a decent size, then the only option you have is to plant it out in the ground.


What types of plants are best grown under roses. I have a planted a Gertrude last autumn and it has flowered well this year. I had cleared a big space around the rose so it would have a good chance of establishing this year. But the ground does look bare now that it has finished flowering. What can I use to under plant it to complement or extend flowering interest. But not over take or harm the rose. I appreciate that it will get bigger and fill the space but the bare soil and weeds unattractive.


Hello, I am not sure what a Gertrude is, however most geraniums do well, as do nepetas and lower-growing salvias, alliums and lavenders.


If grown as a climber what would be its eventual spread?


Hello, If tied into a support and grown as a climber, you could expect this rose to reach around 2m in height.


If grown as a climber what would be its eventual spread?


Hello, It really depends on how much you fan it out onto the support, but I would allow around 1m.


When is the best time to move roses thank you


Hello there The best time to transplant roses is when they are dormant through the winter, but not when the ground is frozen. Hope this helps

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!


Hello, 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.


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