Border, Low Wall, Pillar
Modest (2-4 in)
Zone 4 - 8
Height & Width:
6 ft x 3 ft
Good for Cool Climates
Cultivated in England to make rose attar for perfume, Gertrude Jekyll is among the most fragrant of David Austin's introductions. It is one of a handful of roses to be honored for that quality by receiving a James Alexander Gamble award for fragrance. In hot and sunny places the plant can reach a towering 10 ft. Amidst such a flurry of growth it can forget its duty to make flowers - or it might just make them at the ends of the canes. This behavior can sometimes be moderated by pegging -which can both encourage flower production and enhance the shape of the plant. The rose may also be grown against a fence or a wall. When it is properly accommodated, this may be among his best introductions for gardeners who covet fragrant roses. But it may not be a perfect choice for gardens in the Gulf States.
BTW: Gardeners who have grown Compte de Chambord will understand why David Austin chose it as a parent to Gertrude Jeckyll. It's fragrance is deep, delicious, and captivating: damask with a touch of citrus.
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