A mass of frothy pink in June, Albertine is a gorgeously scented rose that, unusually for a rambler, has flowers that are almost double. It opens from deep coppery pink buds to ruffles of the prettiest, softest pink, rich in fruity perfume. The leaves and stems are glossy and, like the buds, burnished a rich coppery red, especially when young. It's this combination of flower, scent and foliage that won Albertine the RHS Award of Garden Merit – and we're not surprised; it's a terrific rose that's tough and has great disease resistance (often the case when a rose has glossy leaves). If you're after another colour or size of rambler, take a look at the others in our range.
This is a fabulous cottagey rambler to grow against a wall or fence, but always remember that rambling roses can put on weight as they get older, so their support needs to be strong enough to take the strain. Albertine is not the biggest by any means, but she will add windage to a fence, small tree or shed in an exposed site or by the sea – where she grows very well indeed. Combine her with a deep-purple long-flowering clematis such as'Polish Spirit' for a summer-long colour burst (the clematis will wind itself happily through the rose). She's generally trouble free, but do watch out for mildew, which means Albertine is under stress, usually from lack of water. On good soil and in a sheltered sunny spot, Albertine can reach 6 metres but can easily be kept to 4 metres high and a little less in spread; don't forget to prune after flowering to avoid legginess.
Rosa Albertine came to us from France in 1921, and has become hugely popular since then, with aficionados falling for its loose arrangement of soft pink petals and those stunning rich copper-red flower buds, set off beautifully by the russet tone to the new shoots and leaves.