Pink Flowered Old Garden Roses

Pink Flowered Old Garden Roses
A number of the old garden roses bear lovely pink blossoms. Those include Hermosa rose and Honorine de Brabant rose.

Hermosa Rose

Hermosa rose is a rock star among the old garden roses. My old Heirloom Roses catalog describes it as “one of the finest old roses.” At one time, this rose enjoyed great popularity and was once classified as a Bourbon rose.

Now, Hermosa rose is considered a china rose. In fact, it is more hardy than most other China roses—zones six through eleven.

Highly recommended for containers and small gardens, and planting in masses, Hermosa rose is a disease resistant bushy plant. It only reaches 2½ to three feet in height. The upright plant is relatively vigorous.

With sparsely thorned canes, this rose was released prior to 1837. It is classified as a repeat bloomer. As a matter of fact, it is almost always in bloom throughout the season.

The double, scented, cupped, high centered roses, three inches wide, are almost globular. With thirty-five petals, these roses are an exuberant lavender-pink to light or medium pink.

Honorine de Brabant Rose

Released around 1840 or so, Honorine de Brabant rose can be trained on a pillar. Reaching four to eight feet in height, the large bushy branching shrub is recommended for zones six through eleven.

With several repeat blooms, this rose is most free flowering in the spring and fall. My old Heirloom Roses catalog describes it as “one of the most popular of the old striped roses.”

These medium sized, loosely cupped, double roses are fruit scented. The petals are soft pink to pale pink with splashes of mauve, violet, lilac, and crimson.

Louise Odier Rose

Available from Heirloom Roses, this Bourbon rose dates to 1851. My old Heirloom Roses catalog describes it as “one of the most beautiful and popular of the great Bourbon class.”

The bushy, slender, vigorous shrub is usually three to four feet in height, but can sometimes reach five feet with a spread of four to six feet.

This shrub rose thrives in containers. It is suited to zones five through ten. Although it is considered a repeat blooming, this pretty much bears flowers continuously.

Louise Odier rose bears gorgeous, double, richly scented blooms. These are perfect for cutting. They have a very high petal count—over sixty. The medium pink to vivid pink flowers are 3½ inches wide.

The very full formal looking roses are domed and delicate looking. These resemble camellias.

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