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Old Roses

Old Roses

The Old Roses are divided into two categories: Summer Flowering Old Roses and Repeat Flowering Old Roses. Summer Flowering Old Roses are the true Old Roses of early European origin. It was these roses that played a key part in the development of David Austin’s English Roses. The true Old Roses consist of the Gallicas, Damasks, Albas, Centifolias and Mosses. Although they only flower during the early summer, with one or two exceptions, they give a magnificent display. Many varieties have a wonderful fragrance and they are all full of character, as well as generally being extremely tough and easy to look after. Repeat Flowering Old Roses originate from the China Roses, which had the unique ability to repeat flower throughout the summer. They were introduced from China to Europe in the 18th century where they were soon cross-fertilized with the true Old Roses to create a group of repeat-flowering Old Roses, which includes the Chinas, Portlands, Bourbons and Hybrid Perpetuals. It may be said that the English Roses have now superseded these.

   

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  1. Rose de Rêscht

    Rose de Rêscht

    Old Rose
    A very fragrant variety, bearing small, neat, very double, bright magenta flowers packed full with petals. It forms a compact shrub with shapely, bushy growth. The flowers are held well above the dense, rough textured, deep green foliage. 1840.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Queen of Denmark

    Queen of Denmark

    Old Rose
    One of the finest of all the Old Roses. Pretty, cupped buds open to large, beautifully formed, quartered, slightly reflexing flowers, each with a central button eye. They are a soft glowing shade of pink, with a particularly strong and delicious Old Rose fragrance. It forms a vigorous shrub with thorny growth and attractive grey-green leaves. Booth, 1826.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Charles de Mills

    Charles de Mills

    Old Rose
    Particularly large, opulent flowers with many closely packed petals giving the impression of very flat, 'sliced-off' blooms. They are rich magentared and have a medium-strong fragrance. An attractive shrub; the growth is upright and arching. Unknown, c.1790.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  2. Jacques Cartier

    Jacques Cartier

    Old Rose
    Similar to 'Comte de Chambord', but with even more perfect flowers. It bears large, shapely rosettes, each with a button eye at the centre, and has the same clear, mid pink colouring, paling a little with age. There is a strong, rich fragrance. The growth is compact and erect with light green foliage. Moreau-Robert, 1868.
    £18.50 - £25.50
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  1. Blairii No. 2

    Blairii No. 2

    Climbing Rose
    A beautiful rose with deeply cupped, full-petalled pink flowers that pale towards the edges. One good crop - a few flowers later. Blair, 1845.
    £18.50
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  2. James Mitchell

    James Mitchell

    Old Rose
    Rather small, pompon-shaped flowers of magenta-pink fading to lilac-pink. They are pretty in the bud, wrapped in dark moss. Strongly fragrant. An effective garden shrub with graceful, vigorous growth.
    £18.50
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  1. Marbrée

    Marbrée

    Old Rose
    Deep purple-pink flowers, mottled paler and opening flat. The growth is tall and strong for a Portland Rose, with plentiful dark green foliage. Light fragrance.
    £18.50
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  2. Rose du Roi à Fleurs Pourpres

    Rose du Roi à Fleurs Pourpres

    Old Rose
    Supposedly a sport from 'Rose du Roi' to which it is very similar but with rich purple flowers. Rather spreading growth habit. Strong fragrance and good repeating.
    £18.50
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  1. White de Meaux

    White de Meaux

    Old Rose
    A white sport of 'De Meaux', to which it is similar in every way except that the flowers are white, tinged with pink. They are tiny, neat pompons, tightly packed with petals. This is a miniature Centifolia with dense, twiggy growth and light green foliage.
    £18.50
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  2. Celestial

    Celestial

    Old Rose
    A rose of exquisite beauty. Translucent shell pink flowers with a strong, Old Rose scent. A robust and reliable shrub. 1759.
    £18.50
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  1. De Meaux

    De Meaux

    Old Rose
    A neatly formed dwarf shrub with miniature flowers, with leaves to match. The dainty flowers are pure pink, neatly formed and tightly packed with petals. 1785.
    £18.50
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  2. Ipsilante

    Ipsilante

    Old Rose
    One of the best Gallicas, with large, flat, quartered blooms of lustrous soft pink. Excellent shapely growth. Rich fragrance. Vibert, 1821.
    £18.50
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