At a glance....
Colour: Fabulous, bright glowing pink
Fragrance: Strong, quintessential Old Rose
Flower Shape: Flat rosettes, 10 cm across
Breeder: David Austin, 1986
- One of our most loved roses, twice voted the UK's favourite rose.
- Flowers early on, repeating throughout the summer.
- The perfectly balanced scent is often described as being the quintessential Old Rose fragrance.
behind the name
First bred by David Austin over 30 years ago, this rose was named after the influential garden designer and horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.
Jekyll was instrumental in developing garden design as we know it today. She was particularly interested by the use of colour and texture, writing a number of books on the subject.
The best purpose of a garden is to give delight and to give refreshment of mind..."
It has been half a century since David Austin introduced Shropshire Lass in 1968 and it remains a very important rose within our collection.
Planting roses in a mixed border is one of the easiest ways of enjoying roses in your garden. Combine shrub roses, other shrubs, perennials and annuals to create a tapestry of different colours and textures.
By training a fabulous, fragrant climbing or rambling rose up a wall or or fence, you can covert a dull, even unsightly area into one of the most stuffing features in your garden.