This light pink rose was hybridized in Germany by Philipp Geduldig in 1909 has the fragrant, multi-petaled lovely old world charm that I adore. It is considered by most to be the first floribunda. David Austin classifies Gruss an Aachen as an English rose as it has many similiar characteristics of his English roses—40-50 petals, a sweet fragrance and is a repeat bloomer throughout the growing season.
I have also read it is one of the more shade tolerant roses. That was not something I considered when I planted it, but now that the Annabelle Hydrangea is out growing it’s alloted space, they may be competing for the sun!
Since this rose grows to about 3 1/2 high and wide, she will fit nicely in to most any sized garden.
Gruss an Aachen has been on my wish list for some time and this year I finally added 2. Even though they are in their infancy, they have produced some amazingly beautiful blooms.