Data specific to Roses (Edit)
Bloom size: Large: 4-5"
Bloom shape: Other: Quartered
Petal count: full: 26-40 petals
Rose bloom color: Medium pink
Extra Bloom Info: In small clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: Shrub
Growth Habit: Tall, typically 6-8 feet, bushy
Fragrance: Strong
Hybridizer & year: David Austin, 1986
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 4 and warmer

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 6-8 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Parentage: Wife of Bath x Comte de Chambord

Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Gertrude Jekyll'
  • 'AUSbord'

Common names
  • Rose

  • Posted by Mike (Lower Hudson Valley, New York - Zone 6b) on Aug 24, 2014 8:32 AM concerning plant:
    If you value fragrance from your roses, you need look no further (I grow it for that reason). David Austin describes it thus: "The most outstanding characteristic of this lovely rose is its beautiful and perfectly-balanced Old Rose scent. This is often described as being the quintessential old rose fragrance." But be prepared for a vigorous, "robust and free flowering" habit. I have to cut mine back periodically to keep it in bounds.
  • Posted by kniphofia (Northumberland, UK) on Jul 3, 2010 10:17 AM concerning plant:
    One of the most perfectly fragrant roses!
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