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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 It may be said that the English Roses have now superseded these.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. 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. Cramoisi Picoté

    Cramoisi Picoté

    Old Rose
    A pretty and unusual little rose. Small, very double, deep pink flowers, edged with crimson. Short, compact growth with small, dark green leaves. Lightly fragrant.
    £18.50
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  2. Comte de Chambord

    Comte de Chambord

    Old Rose
    A most charming rose of true Old Rose character. Its light magenta, full-petalled flowers open flat and quartered. They have a strong and delicious Old Rose fragrance. It forms a strong, upright shrub with prickly stems and ample foliage - the leaves coming up to the flower in true Portland style. Moreau-Robert, 1860.
    £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 Veitch

    James Veitch

    Old Rose
    One of the very few repeat-flowering Old Roses. The flowers change colour dramatically as it ages from crimson through to violet with grey tones. Fragrant. Heavily mossed although rather bristly.
    £18.50
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  1. Le Vésuve

    Le Vésuve

    Old Rose
    Dainty scrolled buds of tea rose appearance. They are a soft creamy pink colour, gradually deepening, taking on tints of carmine. Lovely tea rose fragrance. Flowers produced continually on a branching, twiggy bush.
    £18.50
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  2. 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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  1. Belle Isis

    Belle Isis

    Old Rose
    A pretty little rose, ideal for smaller gardens. Bears quite small flowers of the purest pink; a colour rare amongst Gallicas. A parent of 'Constance Spry', with the same palest myrrh fragrance. Parmentier, 1845.
    £18.50
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  2. Souvenir de la Malmaison

    Souvenir de la Malmaison

    Old Rose
    Named in memory of Empress Joséphine’s famous garden at Malmaison. Large, soft pink flowers, cupped at first, but opening flat and quartered. Strong fragrance. Beluze, 1843.
    £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. Marie-Louise

    Marie-Louise

    Old Rose
    Splendid, full-petalled flowers of intense pink, opening to flat rosettes. Arching growth. Plenty of good foliage. Strong fragrance. 1813.
    £18.50
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