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Gruss an Aachen - English Rose Rose

Gruss an Aachen

English Rose. Bred by Geduldig in Germany in 1909.
Rose Photo
Border, Bed, Container,
Good Continuity
Bloom Size:
Modest (2-4 in)
Cold Hardiness:
Zone 4 - 8
Height & Width:
4 ft x 4 ft

Comments It is very rare to find a cold hardy rose that has good health, good remontance, good shrubby nature, and some fragrance; but by most accounts this is one. David Austin categorizes it with English Roses because of its cupped & muddled blossoms, and because of its good fragrance, its fine shrubby growth, and its tendency to rebloom. That's a rare complement. Despite having a rather difficult name for the Anglophone, it is widely distributed. And it is highly rated by ARS reviewers. Arguably, this is a rose that ought to be in every cottage garden. There is also a pink sport, Pink Gruss an Aachen which has been sold as Irene Watts.

BTW: I have purchased Gruss an Aachen both on its own roots and as a grafted rose and in both cases it died. On its own roots it died within eight weeks of planting. The grafted plant took two years and was planted just three feet from a hybrid tea rose that is now six feet tall and very happy. It's not clear to me what the cause of death was, it had nothing to do with disease; perhaps it was poor soil.