Stars Among Old Garden Roses

Stars Among Old Garden Roses
Old garden roses have a unique charm. Here are some outstanding varieties of old garden roses.


Madam Isaac Pereire Rose

Named for the wife of a French banker, this is a typical Bourbon rose. However, its heavenly fragrance sets it apart from the others.

The disease resistant, vigorous, bushy, upright plant dates to 1881. This can be trained to climb. It is moderately thorny.

The plant reaches five to seven feet in height and is best suited to zones six through eleven. It has been described as “big and billowy.”

From early April through the fall, Madam Isaac Pereire rose is a reliable reblooming plant. The double, extra large, globular, cabbage blooms are very full with forty-five to fifty-five petals. These are 3½ to four inches wide.

These roses are typically claret pink to a very intense pink. But, the color can also extend to a magenta or even a deep raspberry purple or a rich rose madder.

Souvenir du Doctour Jamain Rose

This hybrid perpetual rose has been around since 1864. A short, small climber, it is typically only six to eight feet in height with a spread of three feet.

Although Souvenir du Doctour Jamain rose is often classified as a climbing rose, it can also be trained as a shrub that reaches eight feet in height.

This rose is available from High Country Roses. It is hardy to zone four. Partial shade is preferred in order for the blossoms to achieve their best color.

The vigorous plant, adapted to poor soils, can sometimes be lanky and will need to be trained. The canes have few thorns.

Generally considered a repeat bloomer, this rose bears clusters of blooms. The medium sized blossoms are cupped, ruffled, and double with a rich fruity fragrance. These have seventeen to twenty-five petals.

The flower color is unimaginably deep and intense, a plum-wine, maroon purple to the darkest violet-black, or almost blackish-red. These have showy yellow stamens.


General Jacqueminot Rose

Often called General Jack, this heirloom is a hybrid perpetual that has been around since 1853. It was bred by Roussel and is named for general of the Napoleonic wars. This is an impressive, very good old garden rose.

In the history of roses, it is considered one of the founding members of the hybrid roses. In addition, this variety served as the very first florist rose because of the long stems.

At one time, General Jack rose was the most widely grown red rose. It has also been described as an “ancestor of most red roses.”

Available from the Antique Rose Emporium, this rose is recommended for zones five through eleven. The erect, vigorous, upright shrub reaches four to six feet in height.

General Jack rose is a repeat bloomer with flowering being heaviest during the summer months. These very full roses feature a pepper-rose scent. The velvety petals range from a deep red or cherry red to a crimson with a whitish reverse. The centers feature showy yellow stamens.









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