Roses in History - If you want to know what grew when, check out this series of pages.

Rose List - We have over a 100 roses and documented their appearance and hardiness in the humid South.  Most are old garden roses as they seem better suited to our regime of benign neglect, although we have added some English roses for variety.  For several years, we tried to grow Hybrid Teas, but after no luck and a lot of money, we gave up on the fussy Hybrid Teas and just grow old roses (more or less).  Note: a lot of growers in our area are perfectly able to grow beautiful Hybrid Teas, although they all use horse manure to condition the soil every fall/spring and spray regularly.  (Okay, you got me--I confess, I simply do not like Hybrid Teas.)

Neglect does work.  In 2001, our shrub rose, Dortmund won Best-of-Show Shrub rose at the New Bern Rose show, and our Victorian-era rose, Mme. Alfred Carriere, won Best-of-Show Victorian rose.  Many of the older roses got blue ribbons in 2001 and 2002.  So you can garden organically.  The birds really appreciate it, too.  Cardinals and Mockingbirds are eating the rose hips (or heps, if you prefer).  One pair of Bobwhite Quail are nesting at the base of our old Bourbon rose, Louise Odier.  And we have over 24 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

For those who grow roses and live in the South (zones 7-8 or deeper into the south), you may profit from our experiences.  Especially if your soil is basically gray, acidic clay.  

Own-Root Roses:  These are roses which are growing on their own roots, rather than the grafted roses you typically see at the hardware and grocery stores.  Own-root roses have a lot of advantages.  You don't get suckers (which are actually the root-stock trying to grow on its own). And, the plants are hardier if they are grown on their own roots.  I have found they are also less prone to disease or to be carrying a disease such as rose virus.

Number 1 Recommendation:   Buy "own-root" roses.  There are a lot of varieties which will do well, including Gallicas, Bourbons, Portlands, Noisettes, Teas, Hybrid Musks or Chinas.  Floribundas and Hybrid Teas can be found, but they will require a spraying and feeding regime. 

Number 1 Rose for BeginnersSouvenir de la Malmaison.  This rose is absolutely beautiful and very easy to grow.  It has large white to pale pink flowers and a rich scent.  If you can't find it, my second choice  is Old Blush.  Both of these roses bloom very well and handle the climate in the South easily.  You will not have to do any pruning, except for dead wood, and very little spraying.  I only spray with baking soda and horticultural oil, and I feed them with the formula on my main gardening page.  They will bloom all summer, continuously, well into November.  I often still have blooms at Thanksgiving or beyond.

Chinas:  The two roses classes that seem made for the South are the China and Tea roses.  Chinas are rather small, dainty roses and almost never need any spraying or pruning.  They are all repeat flowering, and they are never without blooms from April through December.  One lovely feature is that their blooms tend to get richer in color as they age, unlike most roses which fade.  In the South, they can grow to be quite large, especially Old Blush and MutabilisDucher is a superb white China that will bloom continuously until forcibly stopped by freezing weather.

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Rose List

Here are our roses and our observations.  We have listed them in alphabetical order to make it easier to find a particular rose.  Some of our roses were purchased as "orphans" (they were cheaper) where the grower did not know what they were because they had lost their tags.  We have generally been able to identify them after several years of close observation and with the help of the books listed on the Resources page.  

The photos and more information on the roses can be accessed by clicking on the rose's name.  The photos included on these pages were all taken from our garden.  I am attempting to photograph both the flower and the bush so that you may see what the overall rose bush looks like, although this is still a work in progress.

Rose Name Variety &

Year of Introduction

Comments
Abraham Darby English

1990

Easy to grow and can be used as a small climber to about 8'.  Flowers all summer.  The roses are very double, pink blushed with apricot.  Very good scent.  Disease resistant but may have a little black spot occasionally.
Ambridge Rose Shrub (English)

1990

Three inch blooms in lovely apricot/pink with a strong myrrh fragrance.  Blooms almost constantly and forms a smaller bush (3' by 3').
Archduke Charles China

1867

Easy to grow, wiry bush with the delicate leaves associated with all China roses.  Continuous bloom.  The lightly fragrant double blossoms start out with pink centers and crimson guard petals.  As they age, the entire flower turns deep crimson-red.  The flowers have a purplish cast to them.  It can grow up to 6' tall in a warm climate and it has few prickles.   
Ballerina Shrub

1937

This graceful bush literally covers itself with small, single, light pink flowers with white centers.  The clusters give the effect of hydrangea heads.  Blooms repeatedly, after resting between each flush.
Basye's Purple Hybrid Rugosa

1968

This shrub ia a little coarse looking and will spread by suckers, but it has richly purple single flowers all summer long that make it worth growing.
Baron Girod de l’Ain Hybrid Perpetual

1897

This shrub is fairly tall (5') but has gorgeous deep red blooms with thin white edges.  It does not suffer too much from disease and is tolerant of less-than-perfect growing conditions.
Baronne Prévost Hybrid Perpetual

1842

Tall shrub with deep rose, double blossoms that smell of grapes.  Dependable bloomer, but can get a little "leggy".
Betty Prior Floribunda Lovely pink, single, blossoms.
Boule de Neige Bourbon

1867

The pure white blooms are very full and as they open, they form a densely packed ball of petals.  This is a beautiful rose for borders or in a hedge.  I have not found it to be especially vigorous, however, especially in the heat of summer.
Bow Bells English

1994

Easy to grow and very charming pink flowers held in sprays.  I love the flowers as they look like a bunch of pink tulips.  The bush is vigorous and puts out a lot of flowers, so it is a pity it is not more widely grown.
Cardinal de Richelieu Gallica

1840

A very famous Gallica rose, the Cardinal is a deep, rich purple, like a grape.  It has little fragrance, but the color is extraordinary.
Carefree Beauty Shrub

 

This is a tough little rose and it has beautiful pink flowers tending towards mauve, with very few thorns.  It grows about 4-5' and is great for a border planting.  It does require a lot of soil amendments and mulching, as well as some watering during July and August.
     
Celsiana Damask

pre-1750

Easy to grow with lovely grey-green foliage.  The flowers are semi-double and a soft pink color.  Strong fragrance.  If you want to try starting a rose from a cutting, this is one of the easiest.  It is once-blooming, but the gorgeous translucent flowers and rich fragrance make this an essential rose, especially for a spring garden.
Celine Forestier Noisette

1858

This repeat flowering Noisette has fragrant, pale yellow blooms.  It needs a warm spot where it will reach 6' or more in height.  Given proper care, it will repeat all summer.
Champagne Cocktail Floribunda

1983

This rose has beautiful semi-double flowers of yellow flecked with cherry red, but I have not found it to be an especially strong grower.  It stays quite small at 3' tall.
Charlotte English Shrub

1993

Charlotte is an absolute gem of a rose.  It has fragrant, pale yellow blooms that repeat constantly all summer.  It grows very well, yet stays compact and is an excellent shrub for use in perennial borders.
Charles Darwin English Shrub

2001

Tawny yellow - beautiful flowers, but this is a new rose so I do not have a great deal of information at this point.  It seems fairly healthy, however.
Chapeau de Napoleon Centifolia (sometimes mistakenly classified as a Moss rose)

1826

Easy to grow with an enlarged calyx, similar to a Moss rose.  The enlarged calyx gives the bud the appearance of a 3-cornered cockade hat, hence the name.  Beautiful double flowers in clear pink.  Strong fragrance.  Another easy rose to propagate through cuttings.  It is once-blooming.
Chaucer English

1981

Absolutely beautiful clear, light pink flowers.  Blooms continuously on a healthy bush.  It can get blackspot, but it is generally vigorous and productive.
Chianti English

1967

This rose was purchased without a tag, but we were able to identify it as Chianti.  Gorgeous deep red double blossoms which darken towards purple as it ages.  Blooms once a year in the spring.  Lovely sweet wine fragrance. Its breeding includes Tuscany and the blooms look remarkably like this parent's blooms. It has very long, very thin canes here although elsewhere it may grow into a more manageable bush.
Cherokee Rose, Rosa laevigata Species

1759

Very large, evergreen climber that grows up to 15 feet tall.  Needs a warm climate.  The single flowers are scented with clear white petals and bright yellow stamens.  It only blooms in late spring.
Chevy Chase Hybrid Multifloria

1939

 

This is a very vigorous climber in the south and although it can suffer from blackspot, it never seems to affect its vigorous growth.  It blooms once in the spring, but it literally covers itself with clusters of crimson pom-pom blossoms.  The clusters are very long lasting and make excellent cut flowers.
Colette Clemente Hybrid Tea

1932

Orange blend, semi-double. 
Comtesse du Cayla China

1902

Small shrub with single flowers in shades of coppery-pink. The flowers have a sheen which makes them look like silk. Slight Tea rose scent.  Beautiful in a border garden.  Height about 3'.
Cornelia Hybrid Musk

1925

 

Lovely pink flowers flushed with apricot tints.  This rose is a trooper and blooms all summer-long despite the heat and the occasional bout with blackspot.  This is a rose of exceptional beauty and is effective as a pillar rose or cascading over a wall or veranda.
Cramoisi Superieur China

1832

Fragrant flowers in clear crimson, produced in small clusters.  This small shrub looks fantastic in a border, especially with blue Sages and will tolerate clay soil very well.
Country Living English

1994

Beautiful, pale pink flowers that are fragrant.  The bush is delicate looking with light green leaves, but once established it is a lovely rose.
Cymbeline English

1983

This rose is a little more difficult to get to thrive, but it has an unusual and beautiful color of greyish pink.  It has a lovely myrrh fragrance and will attain a height of 4' if you plant it in fairly well amended soil and use a good mantle of mulch.
Dainty Bess Hybrid Tea One of the few single flower Hybrid Teas - has 5 petals.
Distant Drums Shrub

1985

This rose has some difficulties in the South.  The flowers are a very interesting color, though, as they are coral in the center and pinkish on the outer petals.  It has only bloomed once for us, but if it gets going it should bloom all summer.  It does not like root competition and is not particularly vigorous.
Dortmund Climber

1955

Beautiful cherry red, single blossoms with white eyes.  Very tough climber with shiny green leaves.  Never suffers any disease and can take a little shade.  Extremely vigorous.
Double Delight Hybrid Tea

1977

Although the ARS gives this rose high ratings and says it is easy to grow, I have killed three bushes and have an awful time keeping this last, fourth bush alive.  It is a pretty rose when it does bloom, however.  But, it requires continuous care and is not appropriate for an organic garden.
Dove Shrub (English)

1986

A very dainty, pale pink rose that blooms constantly and is quite beautiful in a white garden scheme.  It never suffers from disease and is quite vigorous, although it retains its small size.  This can be a big advantage in a border garden, however, as it will not overpower its neighbors.
Dr. Huey Large-flowered Climber

1914

 

This is the rootstock for many roses and when the Hybrid Teas they supported died, the rootstock took over.  These roses were present when we purchased our home.  Deep maroon red double blossoms on a medium-sized climber or loose bush.  Does get black spot, but this doesn't seem to bother it, except that it loses its leaves during the summer.  It gets fresh leaves in the fall, however, and always blooms faithfully, once a year, in the spring.
Ducher Hybrid China

1869

This hard working rose never quits blooming and has exceptionally graceful white blossoms, especially for a China.
Duchesse de Brabant Tea

1857

Tea roses (not Hybrid Teas) actually do pretty well in the South.  This little rose has beautiful rosy pink flowers which are very fragrant.  It is a fairly strong grower.
Deuil de Paul Fontaine Moss

1873

Very double flowers in deep purplish rose.  A good, dark Moss variety, although it needs good soil to grow well.
Edith Holden Floribunda

 

This rose was planted in 2001 and is still alive.  The flowers are a lovely ochre red and it is fairly vigorous, despite bouts with blackspot.  That's about all I know about it, so far.
Euphrates Shrub

1968

This rose was planted in 2000 and was purchase in a bunch of orphaned roses that had lost their tags.  It is actually a very pretty little rose and looks beautiful towards the front of a perennial bed.  It is sprawling with very tiny leaves and small salmon colored flowers.
Flora Dora Floribunda

 

Sturdy, medium sized bush with clusters of deep coral flowers.
Francis Dubreuil Tea

1894

Deep, rich red blooms on a low shrub which remains short at about 3 feet.  Perfect for smaller gardens, especially in the South.  Does require good mulching, watering and care to perform well.
Golden Celebration Shrub (English)

1992

Deep golden yellow blossoms on medium to tall bush.
Great Maiden's Blush Alba

Ancient

Upright bush with soft, grayish-green leaves.  Beautiful soft pink, loosely double blossoms that are very fragrant.  Blooms once in the spring.
Gruss An Teplitz Hybrid Chine/Bourbon

1897

Crimson flowers borne in clusters.  Needs good soil to thrive.
Henri Martin Moss

1863

This red Moss rose blooms faithfully each spring for about a month.  The blossoms are about medium sized, very neat, and are a lovely shade of red.  The Japanese Beetles are not a problem because it has finished blooming before they are out and they do not find the slightly leathery leaves attractive.  It does not need spraying.and is altogether a very healthy plant.
Hermosa China

pre-1867

Great rose.  Looks somewhat like a Bourbon rose but is smaller and more delicate.  It has small, lilac-pink flowers and will bloom all summer.
Hero Shrub (English)

1983

Clusters of satiny pink semi-double blooms just cover this rose bush.  The bush itself can be a little awkward and many find it better to plant it in groups of 3 so that it forms a medium sized nicely formed bush.
Immortal Juno Shrub (English)

1992

This rose is not as vigorous as some, but it still does quite well in the South.  The flowers are a rich, medium pink and it forms a bush about 4' by 3'.
Indigo Portland

1930

Small bush with beautiful mauve blossoms.  Stays relatively small so it is quite useful.
Innocence Hybrid Tea

1921

White flowers with 12 petals (single).  ARS rating 8.0
Irish Elegance Hybrid Tea

1905

Orange blend, single flower with 5 petals.  ARS rating 9.1
Irish Fireflame Hybrid Tea

1918

Single flower (5 petals) Hybrid Tea.  Beautiful orange/pink blend flowers.  Strong grower for a Hybrid Tea.  ARS rating 7.4
Kazanlik Damask

Very Ancient

This is a very vigorous rose the extraordinarily fragrant flowers.  It is grown in Bulgaria for the production of rose "attar".  The flowers are a beautiful warm pink.
Knockout Shrub This rose is advertised as very healthy and for once, the advertising is correct.  It seems to be entirely disease free and impervious to most garden problems.  The blooms are a hot, rich rose and are mildly fragrant.  It blooms all summer long.  If you are looking for a rose that does not require any care, this is the one for you.
Lady Banks Rose Species

1825

 

This is one large bush that needs a lot of room to spread out.  It blooms once in the spring, but is so covered with flowers that you can't see any leaves at all.  It is a great bush because it stays green all year around and has no thorns so you can place it near a walkway.
Lady Luck Hybrid Tea

1956

I purchased this because it was hybridized the year I was born!  It is a pink blend Hybrid Tea with 38 petals and an ARS rating of 6.8.
La Reine Hybrid Perpetual

1842

Large, double-blooms in rose-pink with lilac undertones.  This is one of the shorter Hybrid Perpetuals and is an excellent garden rose.
La Ville  de Bruxelles Damask

1849

This rose was planted in 2001 and has not done much, yet.  We still have hopes for it, although it is not very vigorous.
Lavender Pinocchio Floribunda  
L.D. Braithewaite English (Shrub)

1988

Bright crimson flowers on a tall shrub.  Dependable bloomer.
Leda Damask

pre-1827

This rose was planted in 2001 and during 2002, it took off.  It is very vigorous with gorgeous white flowers edged in red.  Although it is only once-blooming, the beautiful flowers are worth it.
Lilian Austin Shrub (English)

1981

This rose blooms and blooms.  The salmon-orange tinged flowers are silky and somewhat reminiscent of Comtesse du Cayla, except that they are larger and more fragrant.  The bush can be a little floppy though, so you may want to let it hang over a rail or other supporting device.
Louis Philippe Hybrid China

1834

Although this rose was only planted in 2001, it just blooms like crazy.  It has mauvish crimson blossoms with pink centers, that age to deep purplish crimson.  It is a great rose for the South.
     
Louise Odier Bourbon

1851

One of the most floriferous roses of the old garden roses.  This rose can tolerate some shade and if left unpruned, you can use it as a small climber or pillar rose.  The huge pink flowers are exceptionally fragrant and have a hint of lavender on the center petals.
Mary Rose Shrub (English)

1983

Small bush constantly in bloom with pink flowers.
Mme Alfred Carriere Noisette

1879

This is a rampant climber with first rate pinkish white blooms that cover it in a continuous display over a long period during the summer. This rose won a Best-of-Show Victorian Rose award in the New Bern Rose show in 2001, and the rose bush was only one year old at the time.
Mme Isaac Pereire Bourbon

1881

Huge deep rose-pink blossoms with a fairly reliable repeat performance.  The flowers are exceptionally fragrant and this rose does very well even in poor soil.
Mme Ernest Calvat Bourbon

1888

The roses are a beautiful pink.  The blooms are cupped.and loose, and very fragrant.
Mme Plantier Alba

1835

This is old rose can be used as a vigorous shrub or a climber.  It is once-blooming, but has gorgeous clusters of white fragrant flowers.
Marie van Houtte Tea

1871

Nothing stops this rose.  It blooms from April through December with no food, no water, no pruning and no spraying.  It is huge, our specimen  is over 6' tall and I occasionally have to trim to keep it within bounds.  There is not much scent, but it has lovely blooms in lemon yellow with pale pink edges that age to medium pink.
Marinette Shrub (English)

1997

This is an extraordinarily graceful, low-growing shrub with beautiful coral-pink, semi-double flowers.  It reminds me of a smaller and more delicate Lilian Austin rose in many ways.
Marchesa Boccella Hybrid Perpetual

1842

Light pink, double blooms.
Mayor of Casterbridge Shrub (English)

1997

This bush is exceptionally healthy and can grow exceptionally large.  It has smallish, medium sized light pink flowers and blooms all the time.
Mermaid 1918 Hybrid Bracteata A huge sprawling rose with very large, pale yellow, single flowers.  Extraordinarily healthy.
Miss Alice Shrub (English)

2001

Beautiful light pink blossoms on a smallish bush.
Mister Lincoln Hybrid Tea

1983

Deep red blooms.  Survives organic gardening methods but is prone to black spot.
Mrs. Oakley Fisher Hybrid Tea One of the few single flower Hybrid Teas (5 petals).
Molineux Shrub (English) Gorgeous deep yellow double flowers.  A really outstanding bush, particularly since it stays small.
Mutabilis China

pre-1836

Excellent garden shrub.  Will get really huge in the right location (over 8').  The single flowers are yellowish-copper and turn to crimson with age.  It flowers from spring until winter.
Nuits de Young Moss

1845

Moss roses are hard to grow in the south, but they are so beautiful it is hard to resist.  This is one of the darkest of the Mosses and is a rich, deep purple.  It tends to be a small, delicate bush and needs good feeding, but it is worth the effort.  With good care, it can reach 5'.  Suckers enthusiastically, rather like a Gallica.  (Unfortunately, the picture I took is rather poor, so be warned.)
Noble Antony Shrub (English)  Magenta-red, fragrant flowers.  This shrub is very healthy and it stays relatively small, so it is very useful in most gardens where some roses may simply grow out of control.  It remains about 3' tall.
Old Blush China

1752

Very easy to grow in clay soils.  Flowers all summer and fall.  The roses are pink and loosely formed with a subtle sweet-pea scent.  Very disease resistant.  Excellent rose for beginners.  You simply can't miss with this one.  It starts blooming in March and continues through November, here.
Old Pink Moss Moss

pre-1867

Lovely Moss rose, but needs soil amendments and mulching to keep it going in our hot summers.  The flowers are a beautiful rich pink and have a good fragrance.  It has reach a height of about 4' in our garden.  This variety may have been the original Moss rose.
Paul's Himalayan Musk Ramber

Late 19th Century

Very profuse blooming with small, double pinkish flowers produced in clusters that droop.  Great for growing into trees.  Blooms once in May in North Carolina.
Pretty Jessica Shrub (English)

1992

This is a smaller shrub rose that is well suited to perennial gardens.  It is always in bloom and very easy to care for as it is extremely healthy.  Roses are medium pink.
Prospero Shrub (English)

1982

This is another smaller shrub rose that is great for a smaller garden.  The roses are deep red with mauve undertones.  Dependable bloomer.
Quatre Saisons Damask

Ancient (pre-1867)

This is a very ancient rose and may have been the rose mentioned in ancient Greek writings.  It is exceptionally hardy and does not require the least bit of care.  The blooms are amazingly fragrant.
Queen Nefertiti English

1988

Beautiful, delicate rose in apricot, with a good scent.  Like all English roses, this rose needs some soil amendments and mulching to keep it going in the summer.  For this extra effort it will bloom all summer. 
Radway Sunrise Shrub

1962

Orange blend, 7 petals with a soft fragrance.  Repeats.
Rambling Rector Hybrid Multifloria

 

Very vigorous climber with mildly fragrant white blossom.  Blooms in the spring.  It has entirely covered our chicken coop, which is 6' tall by 10' by 20'.
Red Pinocchio Floribunda

1983

Healthy, large rose bush with large, medium red flowers.
Reine de Violettes Hybrid Perpetual

1860

One of the most popular, still, of the Hybrid Perpetuals.  Almost thornless shrub with double flowers in violet.  Wonderful fragrance.
Reve d'Ohr' Noisette

1869

Gorgeous climber with healthy foliage and always in bloom.  Along with Old Blush, it is the first rose to bloom in March.  Beautiful pale yellow flowers with a good scent, smelling somewhat of the tea scent you find with some Tea roses.  The flowers show a faint touch of pink in the centers as they open.
     
Rose de Rescht Portland

1950

Very small, neat bush with double flowers in purplish-crimson.  It is fragrant and only grows to about 3' and it generally flowers once in the spring, sporadically during the summer, and again  in the fall if it has enough watering and feeding.  It is a healthy bush, however, and worth the effort.
Rose des Maures Gallica

1947 (reintroduced)

This Gallica rose was reintroduced in 1947 and called Sissinghurst Castle.  It is a beautiful deep-plum color with a moderate fragrance and vigorous growth.  Suckers enthusiastically, so you can shovel prune and give specimens to your friends.  This is by far my favorite dark colored rose, even though it is only once blooming.  The blossoms look and feel just like crumpled pieces of deep plum-colored velvet.
Rosa Roxburghii Species

1814

Better known as Chestnut Rose, this rose has beautiful buffy brown stems that flake and peel with age.  The leaves are composed of 7-15 leaflets and look rather fern-like.  The name comes from the prickly fruits that look like small chestnuts in their husks.
Rosa Rugosa Species Rugosas prefer sandy soil, so they can be a little challenging to grow unless you provide them with good drainage and lighten their soil with gypsum and maybe some sharp sand and peat moss. They are a great "beach" rose, though.  They do have good, hips and wildlife like them.  These would not be my first choice for a garden plant, but do very well in wilder areas.  Rugosa roses are easily recognized by their crinkly leaves.  They do NOT like to be sprayed.
Salet Moss

1854

One of the few repeat-flowering Moss roses.  Some say it has a coarse appearance, but I don't know what they mean as I find it to be a very attractive bush.  It grows in any soil including clay and has double, pink flowers with a good fragrance.  It is about 4' in our garden.  It blooms a lot in the spring, then puts out flowers sporadically during the summer, and a more heavy flush in the fall.  If you give it a lot of water, it will produce flowers fairly regularly all summer.
Scabrosa Hybrid Rugosa

1950

One of the best of the Rugosa clan.  This rose has beautiful, large mauve single flowers and generally blooms reliably all season.
Shailer's White Moss Moss

1810

Very beautiful white Moss rose.  About 4' tall, and once blooming.  It needs a little soil amendment, but is worth it for the fragrant flowers.  One of the most beautiful of white Old Roses.  This is a difficult rose to get started and does not like shade or root competition.  Our specimen pouted after being planted in our perennial border, but I have since moved it away from neighbors and it is growing strongly now.
Slater's Crimson China Hybrid China

pre-1867

This is the rose that introduced true red into the world of roses.  Without it, there would be none of the romantic red Hybrid Tea roses.  But, aside from the historical importance of this rose, it is a simply beautiful little garden plant that just covers itself with delicate, vibrant red roses.
Sally Holmes Shrub

1976

This rose was planted in 2001 and really took off this summer.  It has clusters of white flowers that begin as apricot colored buds.  This rose often wins at rose shows and invariably gets at least a blue ribbon.
Sharifa Asma Shrub (English)

1989

A smaller bush with lovely pale rose-pink flowers and a rich rose fragrance.  Does require some care to perform well.
Sombreuil Climbing Tea

1850

A great white climber for the South.  Will not do well in the colder North.  Pure white flowers adorn this climber.
Souvenir de la Malmaison Bourbon

1843

As far as I am concerned, this is the most beautiful and easiest to grow rose in existence.  It is a short shrub, about 3' tall, with delicate blush-pink double flowers which can be 5" across.  Lovely fragrance.  Reliably repeats.  Has very few problems with disease.  Plant this in groups of three in your border and you won't be disappointed.  Even planting one is wonderful.  To me, it is what the Hybrid Teas should have been and are not.  It is the perfect rose.
St. Swithun Shrub (English)

1994

This is a large bush with gracefully arching branches.  The flowers are pale pink and very double, almost globular.  Very fragrant.
Sydonie Hybrid Perpetual

1846

Medium pink, very double blooms.
The Dark Lady Shrub (English)

1991

Short to medium bush with rich pink-to-red flowers.  The roses are red in cool weather.  Needs a little care to perform well.
The Nun Shrub (English)

1987

Tulip-like white flowers are always blooming in clusters on this rose.  It is a beautiful specimen and well worth the garden space.
Variegata di Bologna Bourbon

1909

Double flowers with stripes/splotches of purple on a white background.  This bush is tall and rather lax, so it may need supports in the garden.
Veilchenblau Climber

1909

Climber with pinkish lavender flowers.  Very vigorous.  Once blooming.
Winchester Cathedral Shrub (English)

1988

Beautiful full flowers in white with a lovely fragrance.  This is a somewhat taller rose, but is very effective when planted with other darker flowers.
Wife of Bath English

1969

One of my favorite English roses.  It is a small (3') shrub with warm pink flowers.  It is very tough and disease resistant.  The flowers smell of myrrh and repeat fairly well.
William Lobb Moss

1855

Very large, vigorous rose with gorgeous dark-hued flowers.
Wild Spice Hybrid Rugosa

2000

Very healthy, single white blooms with a wonderful spicy fragrance.  Never needs spraying.
Dog Rose, R. Canina Species This rose was purchased without a tag and later identified as a white version of the common Dog Rose.  Lovely single white blossoms in the spring, followed by an abundance of orangish-red urn-shaped hips in the fall.  Some fragrance.  Soft greyish-green leaves.  Long canes which bend outwards in a becoming manner, to make the bush have a sort of weeping effect.  Very few large thorns along the thickest part of the stems with none towards the ends.  Stems are green.
Wise Portia Shrub (English)

1983

This lovely, deep mauve rose is very difficult to photograph as the rich colors do not show well.  This little rose blooms continually and is very healthy.  Place it near the front of a border as it tends to stay low.  Our specimen has never stopped blooming during the spring/summer/fall seasons, so it is too bad that it is not more widely grown.
Yolande d'Aragon Portland

1843

Mauve, very double blooms.
Miniatures    
Ain't Misbehavin' Miniature

1990

Dark red, single blooms.  ARS rating 7.2
Autumn Splendor Mini-Floribunda

1999

Yellow blend with 26-40 petals.  The flowers are a gorgeous deep yellow with orangey red edges.
Baby Austin Micro-Miniature

2001

Pale pink with salmon overtones.
Dresden Doll Miniature

1975

Light pink with 18 petals. ARS rating 6.9
Dr. John Dickman Miniature

2003

Pink blend.
Fairhope Miniature

1989

Light yellow, 16-28 petals.  ARS rating 8.0
Feisty Miniature

2001

Medium red.
Flip Flop Miniature Pink blend.
Fuzzy Wuzzy Red Miniature Moss Red, semi-double.
Halo Star Miniature

1992

Coral pink with a dark red eye.  Single (5 petals).  ARS rating 7.1
Hoot Owl Miniature

1990

Red, flower single (5 petals) with white center.  ARS rating 8.4
     
Merlot Miniature

2002

Red blend.
Mood Music Miniature Moss

1977

Buff orange, double blooms in clusters, 45 petals.
Paintbrush Miniature Moss

1975

Light yellow, fragrant moss, blooms held in clusters of 3 to 10 per branch, 8-10 petals.  ARS rating 7.2
Pierrine Miniature

1988

Orange pink, 40 petals.  ARS rating 9.2
Rose Gilardi Miniature

1987

Red blend, 12-15 petals.  Flowers are medium red with splashes of pink. ARS rating 7.1
Soroptimist International Miniature

1995

Pink blend, very double.
Strange Music Miniature Moss

1986

White with red stripes/splotches, very double with 50 petals.
Sweet Hannah Miniature

1998

Yellow, fragrant, pom-pom shaped blooms that open pale yellow and deepen in color as they age.
Toy Ballon Miniature Moss

1979

Deep ruby red.  Fragrant, with 48 petals.
 
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