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Alba Roses


The Alba roses form one of the main group of cultivated roses and were probably introduced to the British Isles by the Romans. Generally, their growth is taller than the other old shrub roses, up to 1.8 plus metres in height, with grey-green foliage which blends well in a mixed border. Albas are healthy, tough, long-lived and can survive in poor soil types. Few roses cope well with shade but Albas are fairly shade tolerant. Colours are limited to a palette of white, blush and pink shades and most varieties have a rich fragrance. Alba roses can create informal hedges or screens while some of the taller varieties can be trained as short climbers.

Prune annually after flowering to encourage new growth from the base. For more formal shaping, the strongest growth can be cut back to one third of its length and the remainder of the side shoots spurred back to approximately 7.5 cm.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (pre 1810)
CELESTIAL (pre 1810)
Alba rose. Exquisite shell pink semi double flowers.
Hardy, reliable and healthy.
2.5m x 1.7m.
Not Available 2015/16
Roses: Old shrub roses, (pre 1834, France)
FELICITE PARMENTIER (pre 1834, France)
Alba rose. Beautiful rose with strongly quartered blooms, densely packed, in shades of clear fresh pink.
Light green foliage, heavily thorned and short in stature to 1.2 m.
Very fragrant.
Not Available 2015/16
Roses: Old shrub roses, (koenigin von Danemarck 1824)
QUEEN OF DENMARK (koenigin von Danemarck 1824)
Alba rose. Blue-green foliage offsets elegant buds opening to form a perfectly quartered bloom with a small button eye in shades of warm rose pink.
Very fragrant. Shortish growth.
Height 1.2m - 1.5m.
One of the best old roses for perfection in shape and form.

Bourbon Roses


The Bourbon rose was a very popular group for much of the nineteenth century resulting from hybridisation between some of the old roses and the newly introduced China strains. Strongly coloured, beautiful flowers for an extensive period through the Summer and very versatile garden shrubs. Overall, they tend to be vigorous in growth but their health can be variable. Prune lightly after the first flush of flowers then again in winter by cutting back the most vigorous shoots by a third and reducing the remainder to three buds.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (Lacharne 1867)
BOULE DE NEIGE (Lacharne 1867)
Bourbon rose. Richly fragrant, camellia-like white flowers. Strong fragrance and few thorns. Can be used as a short climber.
Repeat flowering.
1.5m x 0.9m

Not Available 2015/16

China Roses


China roses tend to be open in growth, twiggy and have sparse foliage. The flowers are not necessarily showy or shapely but en- masse produce a charming display. Their main attribute is the ability to repeat flower throughout the summer and the colours intensify with age rather than pale as is the case with European roses. China roses rarely achieve a height beyond 90 cm. They are best suited to warmer sheltered locations to achieve their full potential. They require a well-manured, fertile soil. Pruning: Unlike other repeat flowering old roses, they dislike hard pruning, needing only light shaping.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (Guillot 1896)
IRENE WATTS (Guillot 1896)
China rose. Charming, superbly shaped double blooms of ivory with pinkish shadings
Bushy growth. Continuous flowering Light scent.
60 x 60cm.

Not Available 2015/16

Damask Roses


The Damask roses were originally cultivated in the Middle East. Generally, Damasks have a lax growth habit and grow up to 1.5 metres high. The foliage is often greyish-green and the underside of the leaves can be downy. Blooms appear in clusters in restful shades of pink and festoon the bushes, releasing a lingering strong fragrance. Damask roses have all the elegance of a classical rose. They benefit from good, rich soils and general maintenance to provide an adequate supply of young flowering wood. Pruning: Remove twiggy growth in July and shorten any strong shoots by one third in winter. Feed and mulch well to provide a consistent display each year.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, pre 1750
CELSIANA pre 1750
Damask rose. Clusters of semi-double, soft pink flowers with golden stamens. Attractive shrub with grey-green foliage and graceful habit enhancing any garden.
Richly scented.
1.5m x. 1.2m.

Not Available 2015/16
Roses: Old shrub roses, pre 1832
ISPAHAN pre 1832
Damask rose. One of the best Damasks forming loosely reflexed double blooms in shades of light pink. Intensely fragrant, reliable in its flowering and has an extended period in bloom compared to most old shrub roses.
Attractive foliage and few thorns.
1.5m x 1.2m.
Not Available 2015/16
Roses: Old shrub roses, (Hardy 1832)
MME HARDY (Hardy 1832)
Damask rose. Mme Hardy is one of the most beautiful white roses. Sumptuous and elegant. Flowers fully double with pleated centres producing a delicious fragrance.
Strong, vigorous growth. Generally healthy foliage. Grows in part shade if required.
1.5m x 1.2m.

Gallica Roses


Early forms of Gallicas derived from the original Rosa Gallica and would have been cultivated in the Ancient World. Considerable hybridisation has taken place over the centuries to provide today’s Gallica roses. Generally, the Gallicas are characterised by their upright growth with numerous bristle-like thorns but they rarely exceed 1.2 metres in height. The foliage is dense, dark green and has a roughish surface. Distinctive clusters of flowers are held proud of the bush on strong stems and tend to be in shades of deep pink, crimson or a subtle range of purple, mauve and violet. Others appear as striped forms or are flecked with contrasting colour. Such a wonderful palette of harmonious colours coupled with opulent scents is hard to equal amongst the old shrub roses. Pruning and care: Overall, the bushes are easily managed and can be accommodated in most gardens. They can have a tendency to sucker but are not too dependent on good soil. Gallicas are tough, long-lived and require a minimum of care. Without pruning, they can flower for many years but the removal of old wood in July (once the flowering is over) will encourage additional new growth and enhance flowering in the following season.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (Roeser, France pre 1848)
BELLE DE CRECY (Roeser, France pre 1848)
Gallica. A top class Gallica rose. Shapely flowers open cerise pink turning to mixed shades of violet/lavender and reflexing to show a button eye.
Rich fragrance.
Forms a bush 1m x 1m with arching, relatively thornless growth.

Not Available 2015/16
Roses: Old shrub roses, (Parmentier c. 1840)
CARDINAL DE RICHELIEU (Parmentier c. 1840)
Gallica. Velvety flowers in shades of deep purple reflexing to a ball. Rich Gallica fragrance.
Compact shrub with few thorns and good foliage. 1.2m x 90 cm.
Roses: Old shrub roses, (c. 1780)
Gallica. A distinctive Gallica rose with some of the largest flowers of all the old roses in shades of rich purple-crimson with densely packed petals and a sliced off appearance.
Upright growth to 1.5m and best with some support.
Some fragrance.
Roses: Old shrub roses,
Gallica. One of the most eye catching single pink roses. Large flowers of pure pink with yellow stamens.
Robust variety. Strong arching growth to 1.5m.
Can be grown as a short climber.

Not Available 2015/16
Roses: Old shrub roses, (Prévost 1835)
DUC DE GUICHE (Prévost 1835)
Gallica. An outstanding rose with large, sometimes quartered, blooms of rich violet-crimson veined with purple. Duc de Guiche grows best on heavier soils where it makes a shrub of upright habit.
1.2m x 1.2m.
Excellent fragrance.
Roses: Old shrub roses, (Paul 1848)
Gallica rose. Semi double flowers of rich, dark red with golden centre. Strong scent, few thorns.
Upright habit.
1.2m x 0.9m.

Hybrid Perpetual Roses


The Hybrid Perpetual rose emerged in the mid nineteenth century from a complex ancestry. They became highly fashionable in the Victorian period for their lively colours, good scent and striking flowers. Some are more demanding to grow than others but are well worth the effort. Prune lightly after the first flush of flowers then again in winter by cutting back the most vigorous shoots by a third and reducing the remainder to three buds.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (Millet-Malet 1860)
REINE DES VIOLETTES (Millet-Malet 1860)
Hybrid Perpetual. Flat, quartered flowers in shades of lilac to purple. Lovely perfume. Upright, almost thornless habit.
Some repeat flowers.
1.8m x 1.5m.

Moss Roses


Moss roses are closely related to the Centifolia or Provence roses and are distinguished by modified sepals which encase the buds in a moss-like covering. As a family, they are comparatively modern in origin having been popularised during the Victorian era. Generally, Moss roses are more robust, of coarser growth and more upright in habit than the Centifolias. Pruning: Moss roses benefit from cutting back any strong growth by half in winter and thinning the older stems once flowering is over.
Many are strongly scented.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (Laffay 1855)
ALFRED DE DALMAS (Laffay 1855)
Charming Moss rose. Also known as Mousseline. Alfred de Dalma has clusters of medium sized semi double flowers creamy white flushed pink. Good scent.
Long flowering season June to October. 90 x 60cm.

Portland Roses


The Portland roses are thought to have originated from hybridisation between Rosa Gallica Officinalis and the Autumn flowering Damask (Rosa X damascena semperflorens). They form smaller, compact bushes, often up to 1.2 metres in height, and are ideal for smaller gardens. The flowers are held on short stems close to the foliage and repeat flower with a fine display.
Pruning and Care: Portland roses benefit from good soils with adequate moisture and spur pruning in winter will encourage good flowering in the following year. They are some of the most useful of the old shrubs with their neat habit, ability to flower throughout the Summer and are ideal for planting in smaller gardens or even containers.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (Moreau-Robert 1863)
COMTE DE CHAMBORD (Moreau-Robert 1863)
Portland rose. Outstanding and charming rose for even the smallest gardens. Fully double flowers opening flat and quartered in shades of warm pink. Heady perfume.
Repeat flowers when young, requires harder pruning after a few years to remain so. Healthy and reliable.
90 x 60cm.
Roses: Old shrub roses, (France c. 1840)
ROSE DE RESCHT (France c. 1840)
Portland rose. A neat, bushy shrub rose with welcome repeat flowering qualities. Fully double blooms produced in clusters of purple-crimson and held proud of the foliage.
Richly fragrant and healthy.
90 x 75cm.

Rugosa Roses


Rosa rugosa is extremely hardy, of bushy growth and thrives on free draining soils but is less successful on heavy clay or chalk. These shrub roses can be planted in coastal areas and tolerate windy conditions well. Bushes flower from early June and continue throughout the Summer in a variety of colours and have marked fragrance.
Pruning and Care: Little pruning is normally required as the shrubs are naturally bushy in habit, although they may require hard pruning once old and the branches have become overcrowded. Otherwise, they can be lightly shaped in winter once the hips are over. Rugosas make successful rose hedges which can be lightly trimmed to maintain the required height.


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Roses: Old shrub roses, (Saunders 1922)
AGNES (Saunders 1922)
Rugosa x R. foetida 'Persiana'. Agnes has large fully double blooms of butter yellow produced in profusion early in the season followed by a later second crop. Strong fragrance. Bushy shrub with leathery leaves.
A hardy rose and useful for coastal areas.
1.5m x 1.2m.

Not available in 2015
Roses: Old shrub roses, (France 1892)
Rugosa. Large pure white loosely formed semi-double flowers with a strong fragrance
One of the best Rugosas flowering freely and continuously but has few hips.
1.5m x 1.5m.
Roses: Old shrub roses, (Schaum & Van Tol 1905)
HANSA (Schaum & Van Tol 1905)
Rugosa. Free flowering double reddish-purple flowers. Highly scented. Good hips. One of best rugosas.
1.8m x 1.5m
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