Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'

Rosa 'Gertrude Jekyll'

Description: A modern shrub rose which is proving to be very popular. Full double flowers of vibrant pink open from perfect tight buds and are highly 'old rose' scented and produced throughout summer. A large healthy bush.

Uses: Suitable for the back of any border or against a wall as a short climber.

Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade which makes it useful for light shade more than other roses.

Height/Spread: 1.5 to 2 metres (tallest against a wall.)

Soil Requirements: Though roses will tolerate most soil types, for best results roses prefer deep, rich, free draining soils with plenty of organic matter.

Avoid planting in sites that have previously been used for growing roses. Add organic matter before planting and mulch regularly for best results.

Pruning: Pruning roses is best undertaken at the end of February. On all plants remove any dead and diseased stems, as well as very weak and thin stems, and then the oldest stems to encourage rejuvenation. Try to develop an open vase shaped bush for better air movement to reduce risk of pests and disease. Cut down the height by between one third and two thirds.

Within the flowering season, dead heading blooms after colour throughout the season will improve the overall look and flowering capacity of the plant.

Special Requirements: Feeding roses in spring and applying annual mulch will enhance performance, encourage healthy growth and lead to improved flowering.

Additional Interest: Plant Breeders Rights apply

Trade name 'Ausbord' Introduced in 1986 by UK rose breeder David Austin.