• Breeders of english roses
  • Winners of 21 chelsea flower show gold medals
  • 12 Month Guarantee

Gertrude Jekyll

English Rose - bred by David Austin

Shrub Rose

Twice voted the nation's favourite rose
Beautiful, rich pink rosettes with the quintessential Old Rose fragrance: superb, strong and perfectly balanced. Very healthy and reliable
  • Repeat Flowering
  • Exceptional Fragrance
  • Voted England’s favourite rose by BBC Gardener’s World viewers
  • Highly Recommended by David Austin Roses
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • 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 tomorrow to receive by Mon 12 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 Rich pink
  • Fragrance Strength Very Strong Fragrance
  • Flowering Repeat Flowering
  • Disease Resistance Good
  • Height 4ft
  • Width 3.5ft
  • Breeder David Austin
  • Year of Introduction 1986
  • Appellation AUSBORD
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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’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 are the most fragrant roses?

Please click here to see a list of our most fragrant roses.

What should I do if I’ve received my bare root roses but I’m not ready to plant?

If less than 3 weeks delay…

Store in a dry, frost-free, cool place such as your garden shed or garage. Bare root plants will keep for up to three weeks without a problem. You may see new growth, particularly for orders delivered in March or later - this is a good sign.

If more than 3 weeks delay…

If you are expecting a longer delay before planting it is worth considering healing in your plants. To do this, simply remove your plants from their paper sack and polythene bag, leave in their bundle tied together and dig a hole large enough to take the roots of your plant. Replace the soil to cover the roots. Water if conditions are going to be dry.

When’s the best time to plant roses?

Aside from times of extreme weather, roses can be planted at any time during the year. The extreme weather conditions that we advise against planting in are when the ground is frozen, water-logged or during a drought. Often people ask, ‘when is the best time to plant’, but as long as you avoid the conditions mentioned, there really is no one best time to plant.

Take a closer look

Take a closer look

Detailed Description

The flowers of this rose start as perfect little scrolled buds and soon open into the most beautiful, large, rosette-shaped flowers of rich glowing pink. 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. The foliage and growth are similar to that of a Portland Rose, with the typical Portland widely spaced leaflets. It is always one of the first English Roses to start flowering.

Growth Habit

Reliable in every way, it forms a medium-sized, upright shrub which is vigorous and robust. Perhaps most suitable for the middle or back of the border. It can also be grown as a short climber.

Origins of the name

Gertrude Jekyll was a famous garden designer and author, who has had a profound effect on the style of English gardens of the present day. She advocated incorporating roses in mixed borders and created over 400 picturesque gardens in the UK, Europe and America. She received the Veitch Memorial Medal and the RHS Victoria Medal of Honour.


It has been voted England’s Favourite Rose by BBC Gardener’s World viewers and most recently The Nation’s Favourite Rose in a poll conducted by the RHS in 2012. Winner of the James Mason Award from the Royal National Rose Society in 2002.

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.

  • Crown Princess Margareta

    Crown Princess Margareta

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Port Sunlight

    Port Sunlight

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • Summer Song

    Summer Song

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose


  • The Lady Gardener

    The Lady Gardener

    English Rose - bred by David Austin
    Shrub Rose