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A fine and very hardy English shrub rose, this was bred partly from the old Portland variety 'Madame Knorr' and introduced in 1986. It appreciates rich soil with a good mulch annually, and is best placed towards the back of a mixed border where its slightly bare lower stems can be disguised. The fragrance is outstanding, and the flowers superb, with fat, pink, eye-catching buds opening into large cup-shaped blooms with the petals arranged in a clear spiral pattern. It will flower continuously all summer with occasional feeding. As a shrub rose, it is best pruned in late summer, after flowering has finished. Prune most stems lightly. To encourage young, vigorous growth, cut back a few of the oldest stems each year. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivar: Gertrude Jekyll
Plant type: Deciduous shrub
Flower colour: Pink
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Scented flowers, Thorns
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
This is a rose that truly deserves its award from the RHS! It is even more stunning in reality the photos dont do it justice! This year our specimen seems to be the best its ever been so i would say it takes a couple of years to settle into a new home but you will get flowers in the interim! As for the gorgeous scent, i dont think it can be beaten! I would highly recomend this rose to anyone!
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