Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rosa 'Gruss an Aachen' in Late September

Rosa 'Gruss an Aachen'

It's the end of September and 'Gruss an Aachen' continues to bloom as if it was still spring.   Disease-free and tolerant to low watering, this rose has been growing in my yard for ten years now.   I bought it from a nursery in Petaluma.  This one does not get as much care as those that are growing within my immediate sight but it had shown no problems at all.  In terms of growth and blooms, 'Gruss an Aachen' is responsive to pruning and fertilizing.  It has been my observation that the flowers are slightly darker when the temperatures are lower as in spring and fall. 

Rosa 'Gruss an Aachen' is an old English shrub rose.  Established in 1909, it is known to have been the first Floribunda rose (characterized by clusters of relatively larger flowers in one stem) as bred by German plant breeder Philipp Geduldig.  Floribundas resulted from crossing Polyantha (clustered sprays of flowers in one stem) and Hybrid tea (shapely and larger single flower per stem) roses in an attempt to combine the characteristics of both parental types.   'Gruss an Aachen' successfully reflects the desirable characteristics of its parents ('Frau Karl Druschki' x 'Franz Deegan') in one plant - multiple blooms per stem with larger shapely flowers. 

Gruss an Aachen means "Greetings to Aachen".  The rose was named so as a tribute to the city of Aachen.

Repeat-flowering shrub rose that loves the sun.

Fragrant and beautiful flowers.

The dark green glossy leaves showed resistance to diseases.

Yellow stamens add contrast to the soft pearly pink petals.  Rounded and fully double flowers. 

Floribunda:  Clusters of flowers in one stem.   

Rosa 'Gruss an Aachen' - beautiful, fragrant, and easy to grow.


mike hazeltree thompson said...

Hi Helen, i really loved this post, i have heard of this rose many times before but never grown it but hopefully will one day, good words and lovely photos..

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous roses. So delicate, love the pinks. You have a really nice blog.I will visit again.Thanks for the pick, too.

Helen Lewis said...

Mike- This rose is surprisingly very easy and low maintenance. Some gardeners have indicated that it is susceptible to diseases but that has not been the case in our environment. Thanks for visiting.

Gardenwalk - Indeed this rose has a very delicate color. I like the way the flowers unfurl into this rounded mound of petals. Thanks for visiting.

Vesna Maric said...

Beautiful rose. Nice blog, I will keep visiting for sure.

delia said...

Thanks to your beautiful photos I have named my rose, I will follow you with pleasure!

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