Old Garden roses are the predecessors of today’s roses. Some date back to the time of the Roman Empire when they were revered for their beauty and fragrance. Rose petals were used liberally by the wealthy at celebrations. Rose perfume was coveted by the very rich. Old garden roses have a delicate beauty and wonderful perfume not often found in modern hybrid tea roses. They are a diverse group from the stately albas with wonderful fragrance and great winter hardiness to the tender and lovely tea roses best suited for warm climates. Old Garden Roses comprise a multifaceted group that in general are easy to grow, disease-resistant and winter-hardy with most providing fragrance for the garden and home.
One of the earliest blooming of the old garden roses. This very rare, old alba from 1840 is very vigorous and has classically shaped 3-4" blooms of light pink.
Upright and arching growth, once blooming and hardy.
A beautiful shade of deep pink, 3 1/2" cupped cabbage shaped, old fashioned, very double blooms (centifolia means 'hundred petaled') are blessed with a strong heady perfume. They are produced on a somewhat arching plant with grey-green leaves. Learn More
A classic among old garden roses. Magnificently perfumed, flesh pink semi-double 3 1/2" blooms (petals 40+) which open flat on a strong growing once blooming bush with healthy grey-green leaves. Once you have smelled its fragrance you will never forget it.
Large, magnificent 4" blooms (petals 80+)of great old-rose character. Rich, clear, pink flowers, which are fully double and quartered, open to show a green eye. Add outstanding fragrance to all this. An upright repeat blooming bushy plant with medium-green foliage.
Large, globular buds open into fully double, 4" cupped blooms (petals 40+) of silvery pink with undertones of lilac on a small bush (for its class.) Wonderfully fragrant. Repeat blooming upright and well foliaged plant. Very popular. One of the first Hybrid Perpetuals.
A damask rose. One of the most sublime of old roses. Huge, fully double, quartered 3-4" blooms (petals 40+) of purest pink. Very fragrant. 'La Ville de Bruxelles' produces one of the largest blooms among the old roses. Strong, once blooming upright, spreading plant with great foliage.
Similar to Petite de Holland in many ways. Has soft foliage of gray-green, coarsely and heavily serrated and plentiful in numbers. Deep rose pink, richly scented blooms arranged in clusters. Best planted in groups or growing in containers.
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The rose of four seasons. We chose the name that is used in England. There is confusion as to whether this and r. damascena semperflorens are the same. Our two varieties are definitely different. 'Quatre Saisons' is the oldest repeat-flowering European rose. Its gracefully beautiful, double, ruffled 3" blooms (petals 18+) of rich clear pink are blessed with a wonderful wine fragrance. A spreading bush with grey-green foliage.
Double blooms of delicate flesh pink aging to ivory-white.
Very fragrant a sturdy, bush with grey-green foliage that thrives under the most difficult growing conditions. Beautiful fall hips.
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