Classic Old Garden Roses
Gardeners will find many varieties of old garden roses are available. The following are highly recommended.
Souvenir de la Malmaison
Bred in France by Jean Beluze, this impressive old Bourbon rose dates to 1843. It has been described as “one of the great classics of old garden roses,” according to my old Heirloom Rose catalog.
The short, spreading, compact, vigorous, shrub rose is typically three to four feet in height. It can be grown in containers. The plant does best in zones six through eleven.
This variety is ideal for small gardens. A repeat bloomer, it is most floriferous from mid season to late season. These roses are so stunning they have been described as “unforgettable.”
The blossoms, 4½ to five inches wide, are nearly symmetrical. They extremely full and double with sixty-five to seventy-five petals.
These roses are often an exquisite pale pink. But, they can also be a mixture of colors, including pale pink, cream, and ivory. These feature an intense spicy fragrance.
In addition to the original shrub rose, this variety is also available as a climber. The climber dates to 1983. It is hardy to zone six, although some sources recommend it for zone five. The climber reaches six to twelve feet in height. This repeat bloomer bears scented pink blossoms.
Marie van Houtte rose
This old garden rose has been around since 1871. A tea rose, this shrub is suited to zones seven through eleven. It grows to four to six feet in height. The foliage is evergreen.
Marie van Houtte rose is often used for breeding other roses. It is a repeat bloomer. These are premium quality blossoms that can be used for garden and flower shows.
The large, globular, intensely scented blooms are light yellow to lemon yellow with deeper colored centers. The petals are accented with lilac-pink to pink edges.
Paul Neyron Rose
This old garden rose has been available since 1869. It is a hybrid perpetual and has been described as “a middle stage hybrid perpetual.” One of the popular old cabbage roses, the disease resistant shrub rose thrives in zones five through eleven.
It is practically thornless. The vigorous, upright plant with arching canes is four to six feet in height.
This is a mid season bloomer with a fall repeat. The scented roses are very large and very full with lots of petals—a petal count of sixty-five to seventy-five. The cupped to globular blossoms features layers of petals.
The flowers can be six to seven inches wide, but are typically 5½ inches across. These non-fading flowers are varying shades of pink.
The color can range from a rich deep pink or a rose pink or a bright claret pink to a carmine. At times, there can be tinges of pinkish-lavender.
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