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Gentle Hermione

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

Perfect Old Rose blooms with a classic fragrance
Beautiful, pure pink blooms. Particularly resistant to rain. There is a strong, classic, Old Rose scent. Attractive, healthy growth.
  • Good for disease resistance
  • Repeat Flowering
  • Exceptional Fragrance
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • Bred by David Austin
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Delivery information

Standard delivery in 5 working days£5.95

Next or nominated working day£7.95

Saturday delivery£20.00

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We offer a 12 month guarantee

We aim to supply roses of the highest quality. However, with living plants problems occasionally arise. If any roses are damaged on receipt, or if they fail to grow in the first 12 months, we will replace them free of charge. For more details about our guarantee, please contact our customer service team on 01902 376300.

Buying options

Autumn-Spring Planting

Bare Root Rose
  • Availability: Pre-order Now
  • Delivery: November 2015
  • Buy 3+ for £14.95 each

All Year Planting

Potted Rose
  • Availability: Order Now
  • Delivery: Order by 2pm Monday to receive by Tue 13 October
  • Buy 3+ for £19.30 each
* The photograph above is an approximate representation of how your rose will arrive if ordered today

Rose characteristics

  • Rose Type English Rose - bred by David Austin
  • Growth Type Shrub Rose
  • Sub Type English Old Rose Hybrid
  • Colour Pink
  • Fragrance Strength Very Strong Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Very
  • Height 4.5ft
  • Width 4ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 2005
  • Appellation AUSRUMBA
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Looking for help?

At David Austin Roses we’re committed to helping you through every stage of growing roses – from selecting the right variety to giving your rose the care it needs to thrive. If you’re ready to buy or need more help, talk to one of our friendly rose experts. 

Roses are easy to care for

  • Water until well established
  • Prune once in the winter
  • Feed twice, once in spring and once in summer

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we’ve been asked many times in the past. If your question isn’t covered visit our dedicated FAQ’s page or contact one of our helpful rose experts.

What is the difference between a climber and a rambler?

Climbers generally have large blooms on not too vigorous, rather stiff growth and most repeat flower. Ramblers are in general, much more vigorous. They will produce great quantities of small flowers, although most do not repeat flower. There are exceptions to both these rules: for instance Malvern Hills and Snow Goose are repeat-flowering ramblers whereas Cecile Brunner Climbing is a once flowering climber with small flowers.

Most climbers are best for walls, trellises, arches, obelisks whereas ramblers are generally better for growing into trees and covering pergolas or large structures such as garages or sheds.

What’s the difference between a potted and a bare root rose? Which is best?

When ordering from us you have the choice of buying our roses as bare roots or in pots. Neither option is superior, it is simply a matter of personal choice. Whichever option you choose, your roses are guaranteed to bloom next summer – and for many summers to come.

Please note: ramblers, once flowering Old Roses and species roses all flower on mature wood and therefore may not flower in the first year after planting.


Availability period: November – May

Bare root roses are dormant plants, dug up from the field and shipped without soil. They are the ideal choice if you’re purchasing a large number of roses, as they are very lightweight and are therefore easier to handle in the garden.


Availability period: All Year

Potted roses are the very same roses as bare root roses. After each rose is dug up from the field, it is planted into a 6 litre pot, with our specially formulated planting mix. They are ideal for adding instant colour to the garden during the summer months, as well as making thoughtful gifts throughout the year.

Which roses can I grow in shade?

Please click here to see a list of roses that are ideal for growing in shade.

Which are the most fragrant roses?

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Detailed Description

This variety bears some of the most perfectly formed flowers of true old rose character. Starting as attractive, nicely rounded buds, the flowers gradually open to shallow cups with perfectly arranged petals. Their colour is pure pink with soft blush on the outside and a lovely pure pink at the centre; the whole effect being totally charming. As the blooms age, the colour of the outer petals softens to a pearly shade. It has excellent health and the petals are particularly resistant to rain. The leaves are tinged red at first, later turning green, then dark green with age. It has a strong, warm, classic Old Rose scent with a hint of myrrh.

Growth Habit

‘Gentle Hermione’ will form an attractive, rounded shrub of medium height with slightly arching stems, which will become quite broad over time. Position this rose toward the middle of the border.

Origins of the name

Hermione is the faithful wife of Leontes, the King of Sicila, in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

A Lifetime of Breeding Excellence

In the early 1950s David Austin set out to create a more beautiful rose. Sixty years on, this simple objective remains.

From a hobby breeder as a young teenager David Austin has gone on to breed a collection of roses renowned across the world.

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